The kids have been waiting and waiting for the geotag to move. They've been watching it like a hawk on the Geotagging website. They will be totally stoked when they get back from spring break and see that it's taken a huge jump from just outside San Francisco all the way to Sacramento.
It's still more than a 1,000 miles from Kansas, but this was a huge jump across California and I feel momentum. I'm hoping all the work the kids have done about John Brown will start to make a difference and we can write some terrific things about the tag's journey across the country.
So why am I doing this kind of learning...how does it apply to my curriculum? It applies because social studies is about the world....it's history and it's culture. And it's about becoming curious about where things are and how you construct pictures of the world inside your head. My curriculum is ancient history but I think this fits perfectly because it gives them a curiosity about geography that they don't have. Most think geography is boring. So I had to spice it up and having this unknown quantity....how this geotag moves across the country from the goodwill of people is extremely interesting to them. It's sort of like a treasure hunt...except we already have the treasure but don't know the trail of the treasure.
So more than specific curriculum objectives (which I actually have and could quote but who would care???), this project fosters their sense of wonder about the world and gives them a reason to be interested in geography.