In today’s class we will explore interactive images with Google Tour Creator and Google MyMaps. All apps provide tools for teachers and students to create and share interactive images that can contain additional multi-media content.
Google Tour Creator (a Google project) uses Google’s vast StreetView library as well as additional surround images to to build immersive, 360° tours right from your computer.
Google MyMaps is a great tool for visualizing place or creating tours. It works well with other Google tools and can be easily embedded in WordPress or shared via email. When you open a MyMap on your smartphone you can used it as a navigational tool. MyMaps gets saved in your Google Drive account for easy cataloging.
Peter will offer a brief intro into each app and next students will be assigned to one of three teams. Each team will try out the app and test its features. Then each team will share their impressions of the app with the class.
Students will one of the apps to design a sample interactive learning activity. They will then use the app’s share feature to get embed codes. The embed code will be used with HTML snippets to create a post featuring the interactive image. The post should also include a description of how they would use these interactive images as part of a lesson. Video on how to use HTML snippets.
Today’s class will open with students doing 5-minute pitch sessions on their final project ideas. Students will get feedback and suggestions from their peers.
History and other humanities that tended to be strictly narrative are leveraging data collection and display tools to spawn a new digital / data approach to teaching history and social science. See Digital Humanities Projects at Stanford
In today’s class we will explore a sampling of free online data visualization tools that can be used in the classroom. Students will be asked to incorporate one of these tools into a lesson design.
User defined world history data set
GapMinder World – manipulate moving bubble graphs, select x and y axis from a variety of data sets
NGram Viewer – online research tool that allows you to quickly analyze the frequency of names, words and phrases -and when they appeared in the Google digitized books. For more advanced searches using NGram Viewer click here.
Google Trends – see how often specific keywords, subjects and phrases have been queried over a specific period of time.
WordSift was created to help teachers manage the demands of vocabulary and academic language in their text materials.
Choose one or more of these digital tools (or use a favorite of yours) and blog about how you would use it in an activity, lesson or unit. Be sure you focus on an idea that allows your students to be using the tool. Be sure to link to the tool and include a screen shot. If the digital tool allows results to be embedded in the blog. Reminder on how to use HTML Snippets.