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I have only ever used Google Street View to look up places I have travelled to, or to show people where I used to live growing up. I have also used it prior to a trip to explore the surroundings and vacation spot, and sometimes while I am on the trip I have used it as a map or guide.
You can Google Maps to teach geography , history , sociology, and also for discussions on culture, politics, human rights, environmental issues and more.
From the Google Maps website,listed here are ways to Google Maps for education purposes.
Google’s geo products give you and your students easy access to the world’s visual information. Once, maps were available only to royalty but now, you can explore Earth, Moon, Mars, and even dive into the depths of the oceans. The possibilities of using Google Maps, Earth and Street View are as endless as your imagination. We encourage you to explore, create, and collaborate.
With Google Maps, you and your students can become arm-chair explorers and cartographers with ease. Google Maps are a fun and visual way to help students understand geography concepts, map reading, location, and distance measurement. Besides using Google Maps to teach the fundamentals of mapping, like latitude and longitude, you can inspire students to investigate the world and to think spatially. You can use Google Maps with your students to:
Google Earth offers a variety of ways to interact with and explore the world, ocean, and beyond. Here are just a few ideas for your classroom:
Google Street View enables you and your students to explore many of the world’s treasures up close without leaving the classroom. The Google Cultural Institute brings together millions of artifacts from multiple partners, with the stories that bring them to life, in a virtual museum.
There is no need to sign up, just go to google maps.
Retrieved from https://www.google.com/help/maps/education/learn/
Twitter is an online social media networking application, as well as a social media site for news. It can be used to post and read news that is in the media or it can be a personal news posts. A Twitter post is called a tweet. If you sign up you can read and post tweets, if you don’t then you can only read tweets. Each tweet must only consist of 140 characters. You can add friends, family, colleagues, peers, celebrities, athletes, companies, politicians, instructors and other influential tweeters. Most TV news channels also regularly tweet, to communicate the news to subscribers immediately.
For education purposes, Twitter is recommend for educators for to use to communicate to the learner outside of the classroom. This is considered a technology tool to be used to increase social proximity. According to the one of proximity principles “Second, the more people come into contact with one another, the more likely the interaction will cultivate a relationship”, (National Education Association, 2015). Further Chris O’Neal and instructional technology coordinator goes on to say “Twitter is a great way to keep your students thinking after class,” and “You can tweet a quick provocative question about a social studies lesson, for example, that will keep their brains active.”
Listed are few ways tweeting can be used to help the learner and educator;
To create an account on the web:
https://support.twitter.com. (2017). Retrieved from twitter.com: Retrieved from https://support.twitter.com/articles/100990?lang=en#
National Education Association. (2015). Can Tweeting Help Your Teaching? National Education Association.
Interested in learning about technology and how it can improve learning in and outside the classroom?
Here is an engaging hour plus presentation by Dr. Jose Bowen at Wilmington University.
Teaching Naked: How moving technology out of the classroom improves learning Part 1 of 2 – Jose Bowen
WhatsApp is a social chat messenger application.It can be downloaded on most phones, and other devices. It can be used on Wi-Fi or on your phone data to connect. There other features like free phone calls, group chats, broadcasting messages, sending files, video sharing as well as photo sharing too.
WhatsApp isn’t only for social networking it can also be used for learning – by sharing files, broadcasting messages, asking questions, or having discussion, creating groups and more.
Before you download and install WhatsApp, make sure WhatsApp supports your phone type. Please check this here.
To download WhatsApp, visit this link on your phone. Once installed, ensure that the friends who you wish to message have WhatsApp installed on their phones. If they do not show up under the Favorites screen (Contacts tab on Android), carefully add their numbers to your phone contacts:
Retrieved from https://www.whatsapp.com/faq/en/general/21073018
Toscany Academy. (2016). how-to-whatsapp-chat-messenger-for-education-and-learning-purposes. Retrieved from http://toscanyacademy.com: http://toscanyacademy.com/blog/thesis-project-topics-and-materials/edutech/how-to-whatsapp-chat-messenger-for-education-and-learning-purposes
Even though LinkedIn is a social media website where adults use it to connect with each other for business or professional purposes, it can also be used for learning. It is easy to use, by joining and creating a profile, then you can start networking with other professionals. It is mostly used for businesses to connect to customers, or to source out a new hire. I use my LinkedIn to post my resume, outlining my experiences, and to network. I also use LinkedIn to learn new sales concepts from either the articles posted by experts.
To use LinkedIn for learning, the learner can ask experts for feedback or ask the experts questions. They can also research posted articles or posted presentations. It can also be used for group projects by creating a group and connecting with other group members. The educator can use LinkedIn for getting ideas, connecting with other educators, asking experts for advice and sharing presentations with the learner. LinkedIn can also be used to create a community of learners or educators, see example attached.
The most recent new launch on LinkedIn is for learning. LinkedIn Learning has over 20 plus categories to choose from, and hours of professional presentations.
Here is a link to the new LinkedIn Learning
To join LinkedIn and create your profile:
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Retrieved from https://www.linkedin.com/
Retrieved from https://wiki.itap.purdue.edu/display/INSITE/Linkedin
answer/2964?lang=en. (2015, April 14). Retrieved from http://www.linkedin.com: https://www.linkedin.com/help/linkedin/answer/2964?lang=en
Teaching Naked- How Moving Technology Out of your College Classroom Will Improve Student Learning – Chapter 1-3.
Retrieved from http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13838107-teaching-naked
“While higher education is under pressure for change as a result of new technologies, equal pressure comes from increasing expectations from parents, students, and public officials, all of whom are interested in the value and quality of education: where do students learn the most? (Bowen J. A., 2012 , p. 14)
Technology is being utilized for learning, and educational technology resources are increasing to accommodate the learner. Is the learner, learning more by using technology? Is there value using technology tools for educational purposes?
I agree with Lisa Nielsen’s statement “YES: New Tools Let Students Learn More, and More Deeply”. My thought process was, why do I agree with this statement? When in the traditional classroom environment, I have learned not to be distracted by technology. Even so that, it is imbedded in my head as a natural reaction, that in the learning environment not to use my phone, social media, other audio resources, videos, computers or even a calculator (back in the earlier years high school maths). We were taught not to use technology in the class, however I am talking about the 1980’s and 1990’s. It is now 2017, and people have changed to accept technology to be used for learning. I realize now how much technology I am using to learn, and the various tools I am using, such as Facebook, LinkedIn and just recently a blog to increase my typing speed. Technology is an increasing trend in education, and it has been for twenty plus years – “One way of another, new technology is drastically changing market conditions and the nature of our product.” (Bowen J. A., 2012 , p. 24). Learning in the 1980’s era, it was a learning curve for me to accept social media for learning. However, it is acceptable now for the learner and educator, both to be using social media. If I am using my social media I am spending more time learning, and therefore I must be learning more, right? Using technology for educational purposes closes the gap between the outside trending world of technology and the educational traditional views learning.
Retrieved from http://www.wsj.com/articles/does-technology-belong-in-classroom-instruction-1431100454 (Bowen, does-technology-belong-in-classroom-instruction, 2015)
Shown on the article published on the Wall Street Journal website; a high percentage of the students are using technology either in the classroom or for completing their assignments, and only 28% of the teachers surveyed said that technology was a major issue, (Bowen, 2015). Further, the article outlines how students use technology for learning; research, assignments, submitting assignments, share work, discussions, edit or revise work, feedback, collaborative work and for peer review. These technology tools listed are used for learning activities. “Edgar Dale’s Cone of Experience” – Often referred to as the “Cone of Learning,” it purports to inform viewers of how much people remember based on how they encounter information, (wikipedia.org/wiki/Edgar_Dale). This supports that using technology for learning provides better learning outcomes.
Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edgar_Dale
As an educator, for my learners to learn more by using technology, I need to know who my learner is first, “Relevance and credible analogies are critical for good teaching; being unable to understand a fundamental premise of your students’ lives will make it harder for you to teach and relate to them.” (Bowen, Teaching Nake, 2012 , p. 30). If my learner uses technology, then I would need to use different teachings methods that includes technology tools into the learning process to adapt to the learners needs. In general, the use of technology is trending, it would be one of my preferred methods used for planning, evaluating, communicating, facilitating, delivery, feedback and building an engaging environment. If I chose not to use methods that adapt with the learners needs, the learner could disengage from the learning process, as well as feeling connected with me as an educator- (Center for Mental Health in Schools., 2008). These types of outcomes have a negative impact on the learners learning outcome. To give an example how I could use a learning technology tools; for an online customer service course, I would create a community on Facebook for learners to discuss their thoughts on different customer service experiences, in an open non-judgemental environment they can discuss and share their experiences. By using these strategies, I am setting creating an environment for the learner to engaged therefore the learner learns more.
Bowen, J. A. (2012 ). Teaching Nake. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
Bowen, J. A. (2015, May 10). does-technology-belong-in-classroom-instruction. Retrieved from http://www.wsj.com: http://www.wsj.com/articles/does-technology-belong-in-classroom-instruction-1431100454
Center for Mental Health in Schools. (2008). Engaging and Re-engaging Students in Learning at School. Retrieved from http://smhp.psych.ucla.edu/pdfdocs/: http://smhp.psych.ucla.edu/pdfdocs/engagingandre-engagingstudents.pdf