This is me organizing my thoughts and to-do list:
- Poster for ISTE 2011
- QR code!
- QUEST website edits
- Plug in Dolan to Google Earth
Plug in Crabby Creek to Google Earth Email the Academy’s archivist
- Blog post about Crabby Creek
- Blog post about yesterday’s geology classes
- POST FOR WORLD-SHAKER OMG WHY DO THINGS TAKE ME FOREVER
Email list of TED talks to Jen
- Work on Academy curriculum
Okay, no big, right? I have all day…
Keep questioning and don’t ever procrastinate because things pile up, hullo!
Hey everyone! For my online educational technology class, our professor had us experiment with podOmatic, an online podcast-hosting site. It’s a really neat way of using social media! I just need to find some cool people to follow :)
I was at the Museums & the Web conference this past weekend, and someone I talked to suggested I listen to Radiolab podcasts. I wrote it down and tucked it away with my copious notes from the conference (I get kind of obsessive when I attend conferences & get really inspired!), and didn’t think about it again until I stumbled upon a link to Radiolab’s "Help!" podcast right here on tumblr! (Ah, the power of tumblr!)
I hope to get more involved in podcasting myself, and listening to more podcasts! I’ve been told to listen to Story Corps, CarTalk, Radio Times, Wire Tap, This American Life, and The Moth.
Any other suggestions… leave ‘em here!
P.S. Click here to read the script for this podcast.
Yesterday, I took the train into the city to meet with some great minds at the Academy of Natural Sciences for a potential Google Earth-related project for them. It was great to see the offices burrowed between passageways underground and the warm sense of community the Academy’s employees, scientists, researchers, educators, etc. seem to have!
More details to come on the project… but it will hopefully make way to a rewarding thesis. Yes, it’s that time already! Senior year is coming up!
Although I hoped to blog more this summer, I’ve been keeping myself very busy & in the process, have neglected my blog! Today I got an email from my advisor, Dr. Guertin, and I couldn’t wait to share the news: my second publication is officially in the works!
When I went to Kentucky at the end of May, I’d created three activities to use in the classrooms I visited. I wrote a brief entry on the Kentucky Water Stations Activity, and one that briefly summarized all of the activities. I planned on explaining all of the activities in more detail, but never got around to it.
One of the activities I created (with a LOT of help from Dr. Guertin) is called the Global Oil Spill Exploration. In light of the disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, we decided to create a relevant activity for Earth science teachers. Not only does it include information on oil spills (how/why they occur, the effects on the environment, etc.), but it also helps students understand spatial relationships and geography.
A screenshot of the Earth science-based activity for middle & high school students, the Global Oil Spill Exploration (can be found & downloaded here). Each of the oil spills’ locations are marked in Google Earth. The informative blue windows came from a KMZ file created by David Tryse (found here).
An aerial view of the gulf, May 18, 2010 (via boston.com)
Dr. Guertin found a Google Earth (or KMZ) file created by David Tryse on the Google Outreach website, and we transformed the file into a series of questions relating to different oil spills that have happened in history. The questions vary from basic questions that deal with the size or location of different oil spills, to application questions. A writing prompt is also included in the activity.
In creating the exploration, Dr. Guertin and I hoped to cover a variety of types of spills, and get students to think critically about the information provided by Tryse’s KMZ file. As timely as the activity is, we wanted to get it out there and submitted a proposal to Science Activities, a publication for science teachers that includes lesson plans written by teachers for teachers.
I can’t wait to see our activity in print! I hope people reach out to me, too! I’ve been yearning for some feedback, and I can’t wait to see if this publication yields any suggestions, criticism, or ideas!
Check out the activity here & tell me what you think!
I’m currently on campus at the TESSE Workshop reunion, and I’m working on some new stuff in Google Earth to possibly be used in two teachers’ classrooms. I’m digging up all kinds of interesting links and have about 13 tabs open, so in order to organize a little bit, here’s a link dump!
- Twitter: Google Earth
- Google Earth Blog
- Google Lat/Long Blog
- Google Earth Education Gallery
- Google Earth Community
- KML Geology
- Google Earth Hacks
And The Gombe Chimpanzee Blog … just because I stumbled upon it today and I don’t want to forget I found it! Oh, how I love Jane Goodall.