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Dr. Alice Christie's NECC Workshops

NECC 2008
Mashups that Motivate: Geocaching, GoogleEarth, and Other Web 2.0 Tools
Hands-on Workshop
Alice Christie, Ph.D., Arizona State University

Wednesday, July 2, 2008: 8:30 –11:30 AM


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. Mashups are one of many Web 2.0 tools.


Content for Today's Workshop:

  • Mashups, GPS units, geocaching, GoogleMaps, Google Earthand other Web 2.0 enabled interactive tools
  • Best practices for using these technologies
  • Online resources and examples



8:30 AM   Overview and Introduction
8:40 AM   Introduction to GPS Units
8:55 AM   Team Formation
9: 00 AM   Riverwalk Photography and Coordinate Marking
9:45   Creating Mashups in Google Maps
10:30   Creating Mashops in GoogleDocs
10:45   Exploring Web Resources
11:00   Best practices: Incoporating Mashups into the Classroom
11:20   Sharing and Conclusions