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World Travelers: Expedition Unknown — Using Google Expedition to Cultivate Cultural Diversity

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Friday, December 4, 11:10 am–12:00 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Ashton Crowe  
Dr. Sheri Hardin  
Madeline Hood  
Maritess Melber  

Learn how to cultivate cultural diversity in schools that are not culturally diverse. Engage with preservice teachers as they demonstrate collaboration and how to address cultural diversity through Google Expedition. Participants will collaborate with presenters to create their own Google Expeditions.

Audience: Teachers, Principals/head teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Google Expeditions application (Phone)
Google Chrome
Google Street View
Google Expedition Tour Phone Application (Name: . Code: 3569)
Poly Link: Google Expedition Tour- Laptop Access
Topic: Teacher education
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Social studies, Not applicable
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Use collaborative tools to expand students' authentic, real-world learning experiences by engaging virtually with experts, teams and students, locally and globally.
For Students:
Global Collaborator
  • Students use digital tools to connect with learners from a variety of backgrounds and cultures, engaging with them in ways that broaden mutual understanding and learning.
Innovative Designer
  • Students know and use a deliberate design process for generating ideas, testing theories, creating innovative artifacts or solving authentic problems.
Additional detail: Session recorded for video-on-demand
Related exhibitors:
Google, Inc.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The educational challenge being addressed is how to cultivate cultural diversity in school districts that are not diverse by going beyond textbooks and integrating technology in a meaningful way. Preservice teachers will share their experiences of interning in a Title I school district where 54% of students are from low-income families (, 2019). In addition to addressing barriers to educational opportunities due to financial constraints, preservice teachers will address the challenge of cultivating cultural diversity in an environment where 90% of the student population is caucasian (, 2019). During this presentation, preservice teachers will explain and demonstrate how they addressed these issues through local, national, and global collaborations with educators and students. Presenters will discuss how email, video conferencing, and online tools were utilized to connect with educators and learners in partner school districts that are culturally diverse. In addition to these digital mediums, presenters will discuss the integration of Google Expedition to create virtual tours that focused on the cultural heritage of the locations of the partner schools. The presentation will include a brief discussion on "Design Thinking," which is the model that was utilized during the construction of this digital tool. As a result of their participation, attendees will gain knowledge on how to cultivate cultural diversity in a non-diverse environment. Participants will also be able to create virtual tours using Google Expedition.


Title: World Travelers: Expedition Unknown- Using Google Expedition to Cultivate Cultural Diversity

I. Introduction (5 minutes)
a. Background of presenters
b. Problem statement: How to cultivate cultural diversity in school districts that are not diverse.
II. Background (5 minutes)
a. Discuss demographics of school district. Include statistics pertaining to poverty.
b. Discuss how demographics and low-income status affect exposure to cultural diversity.
III. Solution (5 minutes)
a. Discuss the need for partnerships with schools that are culturally diverse.
b. Discuss the need for integrating technology to cultivate cultural diversity.
IV. Process (10 minutes)
a. Design Thinking
i. Implementation
ii. Process
b. Discuss the roles of partner schools.
i. Testing, feedback, and revisions
ii. Collaboration
V. Lesson simulation (30 minutes)
a. Into to lesson simulation
b. Presenters model how to create a virtual tour.
c. Presenters provide participants with a task list and focus for the activity.
d. Device-based Activity (Audience Participation): Presenters act as facilitators while participants create virtual tours that can be shared and/or integrated in the curriculum in their schools.
VI. Conclusion (5 minutes)
a. Problem statement, barriers, and solution
b. Importance of collaborations and partnerships
c. Implications

Supporting research

Randles, J. (2018). 5 ways students benefit from global collaboration.
Maxim, G. W. (2018). Dynamic social studies.
The Importance of Diversity & Cultural Awareness in the Classroom.
Tichnor-Wagner, A. (2018). Why global education matters.

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Ashton Crowe, Truett McConnell University
Dr. Sheri Hardin, Truett McConnell University
ISTE Certified Educator

Dr. Sheri Hardin has 23 years of experience in education in Georgia as a teacher, assistant principal, curriculum director, assistant school superintendent, and professor. Sheri earned her PhD in educational leadership with a minor in instructional technology from the University of Southern Mississippi. She recently earned her ISTE certification.

Madeline Hood, Truett McConnell University
Maritess Melber, Truett McConnell University

Maritess Melber is a sixth through eighth grade (middle school) English Language Arts teacher in Fulton County. Melber earned her BA of Science in Middle Grades Education with a concentration in Language Arts and Social Sciences with a minor in history from the Truett McConnell University in June.

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