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

Iliad Project: The study of characters and heroes

October 10, 2006

Our English I Pre-AP recently finished presenting on various books from The Iliad.  The focus of our presentations has two ideas:  1) the major characters from the book and their affect on the plot of the individual book 2) the view of heroes.  In analyzing the characters we research the purpose and meaning of the names of the various characters and their role in the plot.  In understanding the meaning of heroes the groups expressed their view of a here and compared this to their interpretation of the ancient Greek’s view of a hero, based on the groups selected book within The Iliad.


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Student Narratives–This I Believe

August 27, 2006

This past week our English I Pre-AP class wrote narrative autobiographical essays. Within class we read and analyzed a selection from Arthur Ashe’s autobiography Days of Grace. We also listened to three selections from the NPR series This I Believe. I provided the students with the link to the NPR series to listen on their own. I elected to listen to the essays by Tony Hawk, professional skateboarder, Josh Rittenberg, a junior at Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School in Manhattan, and Sen. John McCain. I wrote my essay back in April and the link to my essay is still viewable under teacher entries on our Class Blogmeister page.

Besides working on our understanding of narrative essays, my goal for our class is to work on the editing process. This class is also taking AP Human Geography and will be taking the AP exam in May. As we work on our writing, my first goal is to get students comfortable with the revision process. I am publishing the originally submitted drafts; however, I am requiring students to submit a revised copy before we record these essays for publications. We will be revising and podcasting these essays later this week. Check back for the student podcast.