This week's chat is focusing on collaboration, use of Google My Maps and most importantly FIELD TRIPS! Yes that educational adventure that often includes bag lunches, bus rides, the endless monitoring of the weather, permission slips, medical forms, bus buddies, and the hope we didn't leave anyone behind. Oh but they are also awesome learning experiences!
My daughter is going to venture to our state capital in the next couple of weeks and my wife bless her soul has volunteered to be one of the chaperones. Today I met with our curriculum personnel to discuss virtual field trips and talk about how these experiences can connect to curriculum. That was a really good conversation and one that I hope continues as it can provide students opportunities they wouldn't otherwise be able to be part of.
I scrolled through past chats and have seen our Google Hangout Adventure, our music and lyrics, the multiple times I tried to create questions using technology, the recent game night, and wanted to try something different tonight. I am also hoping to get Chuck Taft to bring his digital breakoutedu chat to sstlap soon.
The premise tonight is to use Google My Maps and work collaboratively to create potential field trip opportunities for our students. We will discuss local destinations that we may go ourselves, or places we think are good for students. We will look at places that we would like to go that may or may not be out of reach. Destinations and why they are worth visiting will be at the heart of this conversation. Finally we will explore ideas to make those far off places more reachable for our students.
Questions will actually be included in the layers of the map. I have a different task for each layer and you will be able edit the map. To add a pin/destination you need to click on the appropriate layer and then add the pin to that layer.
We will try to color code them to help us with differentiating the pins and topics.
here is the link to the map
This week's chat is designed to stir some controversy I mean conversation about best practices, or current practices to help us shape them into best practices. The questions are basically topics and you declare if you think it is better for teachers or for students and support your answer.
This past week I participated in some training. As part of it we were asked to design our own board game. I have been thinking about the topic of games for awhile and came up with tonight's topic which is a little different than simply asking you how you would use Monopoly, Risk or other games. Tonight we are going to play a little as we discuss the topic of games. I have created 3 spinners thanks to Russel Tarr's excellent work. If you look at the rounds, each one has a different task you need to complete and provide your responses in the chat.
I created the game board that I used for the questions and was thinking how that could be turned into a game itself like if you land on the pirate ship you would draw a card that would have an assigned activity on it. If you landed on the children's space you would draw a card that would give you a content topic that you would use to apply the other spaces like the swords would maybe be debate. So if you picked up a Great Depression student card you could play that with the debate topic to create a lesson where students debate the cause of the Great Depression or Hoover or FDR's role in the Great Depression.
I created round 8 as an opportunity for you to look at the board and see if you can create your own game based on the board.
Maybe for you the lego man represents famous people in history. And if you picked a storytelling Hook you might create a lesson where students portray that person creating a skit, or newscast sharing "first hand" accounts of that person's life. Or maybe the lego pirate is an expert or guest speaker?
You might see the map as a call to move to a new location, create a scavenger hunt, or redecorate your room to create a new learning environment.
What do the two treasure chests represent for you? Could they be reminders that we need to celebrate the awesome things that our students do? Or maybe a reminder that each and every student is awesome and we need to take a moment to let them know we treasure them, even when they aren't on their best behavior.
I had some ideas, but not a finalized idea of what this could be. I hope you will take a look and think about what the board could be used for.
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