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Explore and create
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Explore and create : BYOD

Wednesday, June 26, 12:00–1:00 pm
Location: Room 116

Tricia Louis  
Explore tools that focus on how to use maps and other geographical-based information in any content area. Tools that will be shared will be Google MyMaps, Google Tour Builder, Google Earth, Google Tour Creator/Poly, Google Story Speaker and GeoGussr.

Audience: Coaches, Teachers, Library media specialists
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Attendees should have access to their institution and personal google accounts (usernames/passwords). All of the tools connect through these accounts, so no other account information is needed.
This session is primarily focused on teachers/students who utilize laptops (Mac/PC/Chromebook), but there will also be information given about using some of the tools on tablets (iOS or Android). I try to find resources that are device agnostic, so that they can work in any situation.
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Online tools, apps and resources
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Language arts, Social studies
ISTE Standards: For Coaches:
Digital Age Learning Environments
  • Maintain and manage a variety of digital tools and resources for teacher and student use in technology-rich learning environments.
For Educators:
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
Related exhibitors: Google, Inc.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

This session is designed to give teachers/coaches more ideas on how to utilize google maps/earth content into various subjects and levels in their schools. I have presented this session before to large and small audiences and the participants have come away with a fresh look on how they could utilize these technologies in a whole new way. Not only have participants learned how to use these tools in their professional life, but I have presented new ways to use these tools in their personal life (such as planning family trips, genealogy research, and much more). I have always felt that if people feel comfortable using technology for their own learning they are more likely to integrate it further into their classrooms. By sharing these ideas we are "breaking down the walls" of the classroom and exposing students to new and exciting areas around our earth that they may not be able to travel to (due to expense and time) but can experience through their device screen. These experiences can contribute to a higher levels of empathy and tolerance as we all learn to live and work in our global community.


Introduction/Sharing Resource Link (3 min.)
Google My Maps (5 min.)
This will be just a brief showing of this tool as it is an introductory way into learning about maps. It is also the older of the tools so it can be used as a pre-learning activity for the tools coming up
Google Tour Builder & Google Earth (12 min)
I will show a sample tour I built and explain the tools of the application as I am going along and give participants a chance to see how much can be experienced in the tour and by exporting it to Google Earth how much more fascinating it can become.
Google Tour Creator & Poly (12 min)
I will show a sample tour I built and again explain the tools of the application as I am going along. I will also give participants time to browse through the Poly library and share with them that all of the Google Expeditions are available on this platform (this is usually a WOW as schools that do not have expeditions kits or only use chromebooks it is a way to see this content!).
Google Story Speaker (12 min)
This is a unique story based way to use google docs...kind of like a choose your adventure story. I will share the way you could integrate map content in this application.
GeoGussr (10 min)
A fun website to incorporate maps into a bell ringer or group/team building activity. The website is a way for students to observe google street view photos and try to guess “where in the world” the location they are seeing on their device. It is a great activity to bring to a classroom.
Closing/Questions (6 min)
Wrapping up the presentation and taking any questions. I will of course have the floor open to questions along the way, but I will be sure to cover the content and answer questions. I like to work in a format where it is open and available for audience questioning!

Supporting research

I do not have any resources for formal research on this subject, but I can tell you that teachers that have used this in their classrooms in my local district have found it very useful for students to be able to understand the content on a much deeper level.
I was inspired to learn about map content in the classroom after learning about it from this web resource
As I have delved deeper into the different tools, I have found ways to connect it to a plethora of content/subject areas.

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Tricia Louis, Richland School District

Tricia Louis is an #edtech advocate. In her position as the Technology Integration Professional at the Richland School District, she brings individual & group training to the 200+ staff employed there. Tricia is proud to be a part of the Google For Education Certified Trainer Program and is an Apple Teacher. Tricia shares her passion for edtech at conferences and EdCamps all around the upper Midwest. In her personal life, Tricia is a musician in several local groups and she also enjoys travel and photography as her hobbies.

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