So anyone who is following along with us realizes that my social studies class is working on creating tours in Google Earth. And I've told you about our partnership with two other classrooms to pull off this feat...how they've done so much of the groundwork including creating screencasts to get us over hurdles and obstacles we've encountered along the way.
If you had been at school you would have seen every student hard at work, clicking, testing and poking around to figure out a solution. Putting all this on our class gmail page allows the kids to "own" the material because they have as much control over it as I do. It is ours...not something they give to me!!!
Not without a couple of glitches though.
- Pictures have to be in a public folder in order to display. Duh!!!! is all I had to say. But one of my most tech savvy kids figured it out....and he came sprinting across the library to tell me he'd solved the problem. No less than 6 kids were hard at work, clicking, testing and poking around to figure out a solution.
- Good decision: Putting all this on our class gmail page
- Bad decision: Putting images in folders that aren't accessible easily with a URL.
- Lettting students pick their team roles ended up with some students being "stuck" with having to struggle thru the HTML part of the authoring.
- Good decision: Mr. Miller's screencast and template made it very easy to simple snip out the guide words and paste in the team's research.
- Bad decision: I should have reviewed how the teams split up jobs so that the less adventuresome students didn't get drafted without knowing what they were getting into.
- Some events and dates were hard to find latitude and longitude for places that have seemed to disappear since the 1800s. Not much to do about this but I can warn the students about this next time.
Tomorrow we're going to test new places for storing these edited images. The kids are so excited because they've used Picnik to make them look "old" and appropriate for the time period of John Brown. They had to invent pictures when they could find one and I think they came up with some clever solutions. We are hopeful that putting them up on our class Flickr page will make them useable by our placemarks.
Anyone have good ideas on how to do this better?