Published on March 18, 2009
The National Park Project Karen Bosch - K - 8 Technology Instruction/Southﬁeld Christian School Discovery Star Educator
Resources posted at the Apple Learning Interchange: http://edcommunity.apple.com/ali/story.php?itemID=17857
Why National Parks? Inspired by my travels Interesting topic w/safe searching & copyright free images Upcoming PBS documentary
Project Purposes Researching topic with Google Earth and search engines Creating online content Collaborating Differentiated instructional projects
Prior Knowledge - Inspiration
Exploring - Google Earth National Park Layer
Researching the Parks Students selected park to research Google Safe Search Discuss .gov, .org, .com, Google ads Bookmarked sites used
Searching for Images Safe unblocked images Copyright friendly images sources My National Park Flickr group Creative Commons Search
Media Kits Create ﬁles or CDs of images for students to use Discovery Streaming images and videos Media Kit giveaway
Creating Online Content using Wikis Wikispaces - free, easy, no emails needed for student accounts, no ads Students learned to add content, text format, add images, cite sources via links Individual/Group Projects
Example Wiki Page
Differentiated Instruction 6 different projects - familiar programs Activity cards First person to ﬁnish a project was “expert” to help others.
National Park Drawings using Kidpix
Comic Book using Comic Life
Travel Poster using Print Shop
National Park Trading Cards http://bighugelabs.com/ ﬂickr/deck.php
National Park Trading Cards
GarageBand National Park Commercials Click to Listen
Postcards made with Keynote
Using the Wiki Content Fifth graders used the completed wiki to learn about a National Park Wrote a paragraph and drew picture Easy for them to understand
Invitation to Participate Fall 2009 - September and November Upper Elementary/Middle School Classes to join the project Cover all the National Parks (and parks outside US) Collaborate with partner in another school Contact me via email if interested
Questions? kbosch@southﬁeldchristian.org Resources at: http://edcommunity.apple.com/ali/story.php? itemID=17857
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