Here is the link for access to my Biodiversity Google Earth Virtual Field Trip
This was my first time using Google Earth and creating this type of virtual field trip. I chose the topic of biodiversity because it is considered a readiness (tested) standard in seventh grade curriculum in Texas and has a global perspective that would engage my student’s respectful and ethical minds. This project was created for the following 7th grade objectives:
TEK 7.10A – Observe and describe how support different varieties of organisms
TEK 7.10B – Describe how biodiversity contributes to the sustainability of an ecosystem
A student is using their respectful mind when they try to understand views other than their own. Students need to work together despite differences in belief and culture. “The task for educators becomes clear: if we are to fashion persons who respect differences, we need to provide models and offer lessons that encourage such a sympathetic stance” (Gardner, 2007, p. 110). This biodiversity virtual field trip engages students in thinking about a global issue from different perspectives. As students share the answers to the questions within the project, they will learn that there is more than one solution to a problem. This project can help students learn how others perceive and go about solving global challenges and learn to appreciate those differences.
This project also engages the students’ ethical mind. Students will learn that declining biodiversity can take place in any ecosystem and all of us effect this change, no matter where it takes place in the world. A student is using their ethical mind when they realize they are members of a larger community and need to be responsible students as well as citizens. “Students need to understand why they are learning what they are learning and how this knowledge can be put to constructive uses” (Gardner, 2007, p. 142). This project engages students in the concept of biodiversity by reflecting on their actions that could potentially increase or decrease biodiversity in different ecosystems.
The final location in the field trip contains an assessment created using the Writing Prompt Builder from Discovery Education.
Gardner, H. (2007) Five minds for the future. Harvard Business Press Boston Massachusetts
Images in the project were geotagged pictures licensed under Creative Commons from Flickr.com
Reynolds Middle School, Prosper TX – Location #1 – www.prosper-isd.net
Texas Grassland Photo – location #2 – http://www.flickr.com/photos/kt/40141798/
Mt. St. Helens – Location #3 – http://www.flickr.com/photos/couloir/177153575/
Canadian Tundra – Location #4 – http://www.flickr.com/photos/31856336@N03/7722673784/
Arctic – Location #5 – http://www.flickr.com/photos/31856336@N03/7847620664/
Desert – Location #6 – http://www.flickr.com/photos/duimdog/128812388/
Wetlands – Location #7 – http://www.flickr.com/photos/wm_archiv/7485895206/
Forests – Location #8 – http://www.flickr.com/photos/andrewhead/3946541214/
Rainforest – Location #9 – http://www.flickr.com/photos/ajft/5682156911/
Natural Disasters – Location #10 – http://www.flickr.com/photos/tonz/2666061975/