As I mentioned in my last post, I was so grateful to have been invited to participate in a GIS training by our awesome Social Studies Supervisor for the Cobb County School District. Being an English teacher by trade (certified from grades 4-12), I have always believed that English Language Arts exists everywhere…and it does which has been one of the driving philosophies in my work this past year as Digital Transformation Coach. In pulling myself beyond my experience as an English Teacher to help teachers make their dream lessons come true, I knew that learning about GIS would be an asset to my ever-growing toolbox of resources to assist others. While I ran toward this new learning opportunity with open arms, there was still a bit of a learning curve once I was dropped into this beautiful intersection of technology and Social Studies. Admittedly, my head hurt a little as the first day came to an end.
Day two arrived and at this point, we learned that we would each earn Digital Badges for our participation (YAY!), however, we first had to create a product using ArcGIS, the program at the center of our GIS training, and pair that with a lesson, either an existing or newly-created one. While I am quite a veteran at creating lesson plans, I had never used the template created by C3 education illustrating the Inquiry Design Model or IDM. This model allows you to sculpt learning activities that inspire deep thought among your students. It took me a couple of read-throughs to fully grasp putting IDM to use, but I finally created the lesson below using the story map below.
- American Music Referencing World Countries (Story Map)
- Inquiry Design Model N. Williams (Lesson Plan)
I have always loved music, and as a product of Pop Up Video and MTV back when music videos were actually played during normal TV-watching hours, I was so excited to see how I could pair this with GIS. I also love finding ways to connect seemingly disconnected content areas together because, in my own experience, it seems as though information is so much easier to grasp and is more meaningful when it is connected to a variety of concepts.
I am really looking forward to seeing how I can apply GIS to lessons and classes in a variety of content areas. If you have any ideas let me know! I’d love to collaborate.
Until next time,
Today we looked at the power of words as shown by a couple of our most notable presidents: President Barack Obama and President Ronald Reagan. Prior to looking at President Obama’s “Yes We Can” campaign speech, the students shared what they already knew about him and were informed of more of his background.
We discussed the ways in which President Obama’s speaking style emulates that of Dr. Martin Luther King, jr. and how it differs from it. Thereafter, we talked about President Ronald Reagan, his notable moments as president, and some background information with regard to his “Tear Down this Wall” speech at the Berlin Wall toward the end of the Cold War.
The students were then challenged to write a speech as if they were running for President of the United States. Most students were to start on this for homework.
“If I Were President”
TASK: Write a first draft of a speech in which you will state the issues you would tackle as president, why you think they are important issues, and what solutions you have to resolve these issues. Your goal is to be persuasive and to use facts and examples to support your points.
- Read for 30 minutes.
- Finish “If I Were President” assignment
- Work to input “Dear Dr. King” letter into KidBlog
- Study for tomorrow’s quiz over Lesson 9 in “Vocabulary from Classical Roots”