Technology Teaching Tools are short, online, asynchronous modules highlighting a technology teaching tool along with relevant pedagogical implementation strategies. Some of the CIRT Technology Tools discussed below rely on freeware downloads. Prior to utilizing these technologies, you are encouraged to understand the potential risks associated with freeware; see the article "Why Free Software Downloads Aren't Always Safe" for an overview of key considerations.
Tour Builder is a new way to show people the places you've visited and the experiences you had along the way using Google Earth. It lets you pick the locations right on the map, add in photos, text, and video, and then share your creation.
In the classroom, Tour Builder can be used in a variety of ways. Some ideas include the following:
Digital timeline - Students create a digital timeline of a special event or field trip. The digital timeline offers two options, Linear and Hub. The Linear tour consists of a sequential digital timeline connected with a line between each stopping point. The next option is "Hub", which can be used to create a central place mark with lines spiraling out and to surrounding place marks. Tour Builder provides instructors a pedagogical opportunity to review learning in a unique way and discover if objectives have been mastered through the art of “trip telling”. Students also have a way to be creative and bring their own personal experiences to life in a non-traditional type of activity.
StorytellingThe last option is "Disabled", which removes the lines between place marks entirely for stories that are not tied to a particular timeline. This option would be perfect for synthesis of information and a personalized learning experience.
Presentation - Students make a visual presentation on Tour Builder that contains the desired images and maps. This is a great way to manage presentations in online environments. The presentation is easy to access as it can be found via the URL. Tours can be made private or left public. This format allows students to use their imaginations all while allowing instructors to assess their knowledge on the provided content.
Sales and Marketing - Students create a production giving background information, photos or video, and highlights of a particular location. The production would be a virtual brochure for an advertising or marketing class. This is a great way to excite students about their interest in a topic while allowing instructors the ability to provide a creative learning platform for their learning goals.
How do you utilize this technology in your classroom?
Please share your thoughts, ideas and suggestions for utilizing this technology to foster effective teaching and learning.
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