In today’s class we’ll learn how to create a website using Google sites. Sites are free and become part of your content stored in Google Drive. Sites can easily showcase content you have created using Google docs, slides, forms, MyMaps, Tour Creator or YouTube videos. Note: be sure to use the new (not classic) google sites.
We will begin by exploring some Hyperdoc lesson ideas (learning activities designed using the Google Suite.) Then we will have some basic instruction on creating a Google site and importing content from a variety of sources.
“Places are locations having distinctive features that give them meaning and character that differs from other locations. Therefore, places are human creations, and people’s lives are grounded in particular places. We come from a place, we live in a place, and we preserve and exhibit fierce pride over places.”
National Geography Standard 4: Place
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. It can be easily embedded in WordPress or shared via email and social media. See sample tours here.
Google MyMaps is a great tool for visualizing place with a variety of content and locational tools. It 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.
Students will one of the apps to design a sample interactive learning activity. Design a map representation of a place that can support a learning activity. Be sure to have multiple locations and some text or visual content at each location. Try these prompts:
A community tour around school.
A real or fictional journey.
Explore the setting of a story.
Create a “timeline” using map layers.
Plot locations of habitats / geographic features.
Share an interactive map of a field trip with parents.
Make a map of authors you’ve read
When your map is complete, embed it in a blog post that details what you hoped to convey in your map, and/or what you learned from the experience. Video on how to use HTML snippets.
Class will open with student working with a set of Google VR Expedition Kits. This will allow us get a taste of the expanding world of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR).
Next students will be assigned to one of two teams – ThingLink and Google Tour Creator. Each team will try out the app and test its features. Then a few members of each team will share their impressions of the app with the class.
Students will use either ThingLink or Google Tour Creator 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.