David Jakes–21st Century Cartography

November 2, 2007

21st Century Cartography

Google Earth and Google Maps

When I think about technology…

–fundament literacy, understanding place in Geography is more important now than ten-fifteen years ago
–added value, the question is why are students still coloring map when the technology exists

— Framed within a proper pedagogy, have to give students fifteen minutes to play (gets it out of the way)

–How do we know it works?, How does the technology extend the learning?



I’ve got questions…

Can every discipline be studied within a geographical context?

–my response as an English teacher is yes. This is something I do not do enough. Historical and spacial context is important when reading literature. Where is this story and why are we reading it? Let’s go to the map and find out.

How will you help students make meaning of visual data?

How does this change teaching and learning?

Google Lit Trips

Fires in California

–Using Google Map that shows location of fires and the location of buidings and key landmarks within proximity of these fires

Can you build maps in Google Map
–Yes, but you need a log-in to do so. This limits some schools, mine included.
–Teachers can create maps in Google Maps and then export these to Google Earth
—-right click on KML file and save to export for student use
–What is the difference between maps in Google Earth v. Google Maps, question by Wesley Fryer
—-can overcome the limits of log-ins for Google. Google Earth runs independently on each machine
—-Google Maps does not require knowledge of html
—-Google Earth requires some knowledge of importing file type
Google Maps access to
Maplets, Street View, Profile Page

–Log-in, browse directory
–Dig a whole through the Earth
Earth impact creators
–Area calculator
–Real-time earthquakes
Australian 2007 Election

KML file
–file type that Google Earth reads
–read time cloud feeds, just saw a hurricane forming in the Atlantic Oceans
–last year a student and I watch plane landings, delayed time, on my SMART Board during his free period. Yes that was killing the bandwidth at my school, but on a SMART Board it was cool to watch

Map Overlaps
–Historical maps
–I have view Hiroshima bombing and D-Day invasion using overlays, talk about the power of visual aide with literature.

Flyover Tours
–narrate voice tours, embed web 2.0 elements into Earth,
–several Social Studies and Literature ideas come to mind
–Google Earth, go to Add Content tab on right

Google Sky
–virtue tours of constellations, great science idea

–embed PowerPoint via SlideShare into Google Earth
–see Media File Support heading on Dave’s wiki

Grapes of Wrath
–This teacher created tour provides a ridiculous amount of images, text, and spacial learning to accompany the text.

Best Places for Resources
–Google Earth Blog
–Google Earth Lessons
–Juicy Geography

Links to all above on David’s wiki site

Concluding thoughs:
Brain overload.  Glad I have a three hour drive and a free weekend to sort things out.  Last year we had David Rumsey Keynote our GeoTech conference.  He show his historical map collection and showed how to use similar tools.  Great stuff

Back in the game, again.

November 2, 2007

So I am coming to the slow and unfortunate realization that time is against me.  First, I do not recover physically as fast as I once did.  I recently completed my fourth marathon and not only thought about, but actually did ice my knees this time.  Additionally, I have not created the time to keep the three readers of my blog up to date with my recent ideas and implementations.  While this appears to be an abandoned blog, I assure you it is not.  While my posts are slowly becoming monthly, I pledge to work on it.  With the start of a new quarter and a new season, I am not behind, yet.

This past Sunday I recieved an invitation from my school’s tech director to join him in attending the Tech Forum in Austin.  I have been recieving the emails about this event and knowing the cast of presenters I jumped on the chance.  With Wes Fryer, David Jakes, and Miguel Guhlin how could I say no?  I have already posted my noted from the first session and will be posting my notes from Wesley Fryer’s keynote and the afternoon session later today.

Empowering and Protecting Tomorrow’s Digital Citizens

November 2, 2007

My notes from the Tech Forum 2007 in Austin.


Miguel Guhlin and Wes Fryer

Miguel begins:

Change is Inevitable going from school 1.0 to school 2.0
–image cited from Brian Grenier’s Bump on the Blog

Change is what makes being an administrator fun.

When speaker of fear and what qualifies as safe Miguel notes a loss of control
—what is safe? Home w/ or w/out parents. School w/ or w/out teachers. Internet???

  1. Technology is Indispensable from 21st Century Education

    1. “walkthrough” from TeacherTube.com (still looking for the url)
      –Apparently this video is from Mesquite ISD, someone involved in this video is in the audience
      –Response to did you guys realize the power of YouTube at the time, “No we did not”

  2. Nurturing Parent Frame or Lecturing Father Frame
    1. showed two powerful cyberbullying video clips
    2. what is the response
    3. These ideas of cyberbullyng are not new
    4. No one says, “Take away then pencils”
    5. You have to know appropriate behavior, and the result that come from bad choices (accountability)
    6. There are new things, easy for an impulsive response can be read and exposed to many, no longer a few
    7. We are shocked when Kids say inappropriate things about kids, what about when Teachers say inappropriate things about kids
    8. We need to model proper behavior
    9. My point, Michael Moore WANTS people to see his comments, students do not want EVERYONE to see theirs.
      1. –noted by another audience member, students may not want you to see them as a hateful person
    10. Another audience member on Michael Moore, Intent. Our students are naive and may not understand the full ramifications of the intent. The student’s intent is to vent, the ramification of the venting is to hurt another’s feelings.
    11. Miguel asking the question why are we blocking this
      1. My response is the ostrich theory
      2. If I cannot see it, it is not happening
      3. Also, if I prevent it at school, then it is not a school problem it is a home problem
        1. Whom then are you teaching?
    12. What is the student response to cyberbullying?
      1. It is either bully first or be bullied
    13. How to stop cyberbullying?
      1. Connect with students
      2. Connect at the freshman level, if the student can connect at the freshman level, then someone is at school cares.
      3. This can reduce alienation, bullying and attrition
        1. Wes notes the difference between dropout rate cited by schools and the actual number.
        2. He refers to a presentation by Dr. Allan Beane

“Hero in the Hallway” Great video to visual the reality of cyberbullying and the potential for teachers to mediate this action.

3) Conversations, not consequence, need to be our focus

My reflection on this session is good. I am a tech heavy teacher. At the start of each school year I have to wait a few days for my freshman to get network ID log-ins, school provided e-mail accounts, and all the necessary user IDs and accounts. What do I do with this time? This year I walked my students through an information literacry unit I based on Alan November’s resources. My students sat while I showed video clips and explained the potential. As they got their log-ins we explored the web and how to evaluate site. We discussed what should be done in class and what should be done at home. I mentioned the beauty pagent winner who made the news by posting and attempting to remove photos from her Facebook account. Why did she remove these pictures? Why did she post them in the first place if she felt they needed to be removed later?

I designed this introduction unit to be presented with my SMART Board, so attached is the PDF export of that presentation. The citation is not in proper format, but the URL is there.

Information Literacy Presentation

What do we do during the first week or two of school? What not take advantage of this time to teach the ramifications of the internet?

Miguel and Wes began the presentation stating we need to have conversations. Begin the school year with a conversation among your students. Continue the school year with a conversation with your parents. End the school year with a conversation with everyone, celebrate and promote the work of your students.