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Information about The National Park Project

Published on March 18, 2009

Author: kbosch



Overview of project done with 6th graders that included online research, wiki creation, and a variety of technology projects. Presented at MACUL in March 2009.

The National Park Project Karen Bosch - K - 8 Technology Instruction/Southfield Christian School Discovery Star Educator

Welcome to:

Resources posted at the Apple Learning Interchange:

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 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? Resources at: itemID=17857

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