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Tech Tip #65: Google Street View

As a working technology teacher, I get hundreds of questions from parents about their home computers, how to do stuff, how to solve problems. Each Tuesday, I’ll share one of those with you. They’re always brief and always focused. Enjoy! Q: I can’t find enough detail about a particular area of the world that we’re … Continue reading

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7 Great Labor Day Websites

You’re bbq-ing. Friends are over. Life is good. Summer is ending, but that’s tomorrow. Not today. Today is about fun. What do you do with the child who got sunburned so badly s/he can’t stay outside? Or those last fifteen minutes when the kids are hungry, tired, and completely disconnected with everything that they’ve been … Continue reading

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Monday Freebies #38: Introduction to Google Earth

Google Earth can be used for so many classroom activities. It is a favorite of even my kindergartners. I start by showing them how to pan in and out, drag to move the globe, change the perspective of the earth’s surface, use the built in tour or one I add on Calif. Missions or the solar system. Continue reading

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#42: Where Did I Come From?

Students find their country of origin on Google Earth and grab a screen shot of it. Save to their computer. Import it into KidPix and add the country flag and student name. Students learn about importing data from one program to another with this project. –from 55 Technology Projects for the Digital Classroom. Preview available … Continue reading

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5 Great Labor Day Websites

I have never had so many kids interested in writing sentences, paragraphs, words than with this program. Why? Once they type their stuff in, the selected dog or cat says it–in a wide variety of crazy voices. This went viral in my classroom! Continue reading

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#47: Tour the World—with a PowerPoint Slideshow

Use the research done for #40. Use a guidesheet to lay out what is on each slides, i.e., a cover, table of contents, what makes a geographic locations amazing (discuss this as a group), a map, and three locations from #40. Teach PowerPoint skills such as adding slides and text and pictures, animation, transitions, auto-forward, … Continue reading

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Tech Tip #65: Google Street View

Q: I can’t find enough detail about a particular setting that my character must visit. I’m afraid I’ll get something wrong. Can you suggest a good place to find these kinds of details?

A: That’s a lot easier to do today than it used to be, thanks to Google Street View Continue reading

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#41: Where is That?

Locate the major latitudes and longitudes on Google Earth. Locate cities, countries along the same latitude/longitude. Zoom in to see how exact lats and longs get. Students also find their own house by lat and long. I also give students a lat and long and see if they can figure out where it is on … Continue reading

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#38: Introduction to Google Earth

Google Earth can be used for so many classroom activities. It is a favorite of even my kindergartners. I start by showing them how to pan in and out, drag to move the globe, change the perspective of the earth’s surface, use the built in tour or one I add on Calif. Missions or the … Continue reading

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Where Would You Like to Go Today?

K-8 projects organized by software–MS Office, Google Earth, Photoshop, keyboarding, Web 2.0 and more Continue reading

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How to Teach Geography with Google Earth–Part II

This project uses the free downloadable software, Google Earth. It introduces latitudes and longitudes to the depth you require for your classroom, shows students how to take a tour (you can create one of your own–say, California Missions–or use the free installed world tool Google provides), and lets students use the ruler tool to find … Continue reading