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