|Posted on September 23, 2010 in Creative Assignments, Differentiated Instruction, Social Lesson Plans by Karl Meinhardt|
A great Geography lesson using Google Earth and Twitter!
Overview: Source Edublogs
The main idea for this activity is to teach students geography using your Twitter network and Google Earth. Hopefully, your network is worldwide so the students can find a wider range of places.
1) To increase student’s knowledge of world geography using Twitter and Google Earth.
2) Encourage students to think about how online technology can be used in the classroom.
Resources: Computers with internet access, world map, push pins.
1) Ask your Twitter network in advance to tweet you a hint to their location. Some have used latitude/longitude coordinates.
2) Divide the tweets amongst groups of students.
3) Students will use the clues in the tweets to find your network members on Google Earth.
4) Once found, the students will tweet back that they have found their location by inserting a map (Geotweet) into their response.
5) Have a world map on the wall where students can identify with a push pin the location of their contact.
Wrap up: Either in class or online (via Edmodo or class blog), students can discuss ideas such as
1) Which part of the world were the most contacts in?
2) How can Twitter be useful?
3) What other ways can technology/social media be used in the classroom?