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Dr. Alice Christie's ISTE 2010 Workshops and Posters

ISTE 21010


Virtual Workshop

Mapping Mash-ups that Motivate: Deepen Learning Using Web 2.0 Tools
Monday, 6/28/2010,  5:00pm–7:30pm 


The annual Horizon Report, a collaboration between the New Media Consortium (NMC) and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI), highlights six technologies that the underlying research suggests will become very important to education over the next one to five years. User-created content, enabled by Web 2.0 tools, is one of these six emerging technologies. Specifically, educators and researchers need to focus on learning implications for the use of emerging technologies in K-20 classrooms.

According to EduCause, Google Earth and Google Maps are applications that can move ideas from the pages of a book into the imaginations of students. Students today expect technology to be part of education, and creating mash-ups incorporating Google Earth and Google Maps is a way to provide learning experiences with tools that students find familiar and comfortable.


Mapping mashups use online mapping applications to display customized, clickable markers showing points of interest and related information. In the classroom, they can place lessons in a rich geographical context and increase interactivity. They can be useful for spatial display of a wide variety of data.


Dr. Alice Christie coined the concept of GoogleTreks™ to describe a specific type of mapping mashups. Enabled by Web 2.0 tools, GoogleTreks™ allows teachers and students to synthesize information in one easy-to-use map that places text, pictures, audio files, video files, and much more in one central location.


GoogleTreks™ are interactive curricular units created primarily with Google Maps that are appropriate in all grade levels and all content areas. Teachers incorporate a number of other Web 2.0 tools to create engaging units that provide students with a standards-based, content-rich, technology-rich unit on any curricular topic.


This workshop will use a learn-by-doing, constructivist approach so that participants are actively engaged, challenged to learn and integrate new concepts, learning from their mistakes, and applying their new understandings and skills to their own teaching/learning situations. Read more.


Participants will learn to create GoogleTreks™ for use in their K-20 classrooms. All participants will use the GoogleTreks™ Rubric to guide and evaluate their GoogleTreks™ and will contribute to the growing list of GoogleTreks™ that are available for teachers to use in their classrooms.



5:00 PM Introduction and GoogleTreks™ Video
5:10 PM Identifying the Components of GoogleTreks™
5:20 PM Viewing the GoogleTreks™ Site and Seeing Examples of GoogleTreks™ in different curricular areas
5:45 PM Brainstorming Topics for Participants' GoogleTreks™
5:55 PM Learning How to Create GoogleTreks™
6:15 PM Creating GoogleTreks™
6:35 PM Creating and Emailing Links for GoogleTreks™
6:45 PM Sharing Participants' GoogleTreks™
6:55 PM Implications for Classroom Practice