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Enrich an Extreme Weather Unit with Google Apps

Grade 6 Sample Unit

Standards Alignment



Evaluation Goals



Content Outline




Class Components



Session 1 – Title: Key Concepts of the Weather Unit and Installing and Exploring Google Earth

Authors: Rajeshwari C. Menon and Nalini Shyam

  • Content Teaching Points: During this session, participants will learn the key science concepts needed by sixth grade students to understand the weather unit.
  • Technology Teaching Points: During this session, participants will learn what Google Earth is and how it will be useful in enhancing teaching a Weather Unit. They will also learn how to install and use the basic features of Google Earth.




Resources:
More Google Products
Download Google Earth
Google Earth User Guide
Google Earth Basics
Important Basics for Google Earth
Google Earth Blog
Juicy Geography's Archived Google Earth Blog



Session 2 – Title: Installing and Exploring Weather Applications on Google Earth

Author: Robert McDougall
  • Content Teaching Points : During this session, participants will learn what weather apps for Google Earth are.
  • Technology Teaching Points: During this session, participants will learn how to download, install, and use Weather Apps with Google Earth.




Resources:
Google Earth
Weather Tracking Tools Network Link
Pilot World-wide Weather
Weather Archives - Google Earth Blog
Google Earth Weather
Current U.S. Weather - Google Earth Community
Google Earth Hacks - Global Infrared Satellite Images


Session 3 – Title: Using Google Earth Tools to Become Hurricane Detectives

Authors: Rajeshwari C. Menon and Nalini Shyam
  • Content Teaching Points: During this session, participants will learn…
    • What are hurricanes?
    • How can we identify the intensity of a hurricane?
  • Technology Teaching Points: During this session, participants will learn…
    • How can we locate a hurricane using the hurricane tracker?
    • How do we use the hurricane tracking tool to enhance student knowledge?




Resources:
Weather and Storm Tracking Toolsfor Google Earth
Historical Hurricane Tracks
National Geographic - Forces of Nature
Juicy Geography
Hurricane - Wikipedia



Session 4 – Title: Creating a Google Account and Using Google Notebook

Author: Elissa Seto
  • Content Teaching Points : During this session, participants will learn why scientists keep a notebook.
  • Technology Teaching Points: During this session, participants will learn why they should keep a Google science notebook.




Resources:
AccuWeather

Note: This class uses Google Notebook which is no longer. Below is information about Zoho Notebook, which can be substituted.

Zoho Notebook Adds an Import Option

Visit http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2009/01/zoho-notebook-adds-import-option.html
external image Picture+29.pngAfter last week's announcement that Google is shutting down Google Notebook people on Twitter and elsewhere started talking about using Zoho Notebook as a replacement. In response to those conversations I put together a short screencast about moving the contents of Google Notebook into Zoho Notebook. The process I shared is less than perfect, but it works.

Today, Zoho announced the launch of an official import from Google Notebook option for Zoho Notebook users. I gave it a try just a few minutes ago and it worked well. In order to use the import option you do have to install the new Zoho Notebook plug-in for Firefox. The new Zoho Notebook plug-in is much much better than the old plug-in. The new plug-in operates almost identically to Google Notebook plug-in. Click here to read all of the detail about the new Zoho Notebook options including directions for using the new features.

Applications for Education
These new features from Zoho are perfect for teachers that were scrambling to find Google Notebook replacements for themselves or for their students.

For other ideas about Google Notebook replacements please see the comments posted in response to last week's Google Notebook shut-down announcement.



Session 5 – Title: Modeling a Strong Lesson Using Google Earth and Weather Apps

Authors: Robert McDougall and Heather Benson
  • Content Teaching Points: During this session, participants will learn what a well-planned lesson using Google Weather Apps looks like.
  • Technology Teaching Points: During this session, participants will learn how to use Google Weather Apps to create my own strong lesson.




Resources:


Weather Tracking Tools Network Link
Pilot World-wide Weather
Weather Archive - Google Earth Blog
Google Earth Weather
Current U.S. Weather - Google Earth Community
Google Earth Hacks - Global Infrared Satellite Images
Google Earth Hacks - World Weather



Session 6 – Title: Google Docs and Spreadsheets in Action

Author: Robert McDougall

  • Content Teaching Points: During this session, participants will learn how to use Google Docs and Spreadsheets in a Weather Unit.
  • Technology Teaching Points: During this session, participants will learn what Google Docs and Spreadsheets are.




Resources:
Google Earth
Google Docs Help


Note: This class uses Google Notebook which is no longer. See Session 4 above for information about Zoho Notebook, which can be substituted.


Session 7 – Title: Using Other Google Earth Tools

Author: Robert McDougall
  • Content Teaching Points: During this session, participants will learn how to use Google Earth Tools in a weather unit.
  • Technology Teaching Points: During this session, participants will learn some other Google Earth Tools.




Resources:
Google
Google Earth


Session 8 – Title: Sharing and Evaluating Lessons Using Google Docs and Spreadsheets

Author: Elissa Seto
  • Content Teaching Points: During this session, participants will learn the benefits of sharing our work on line with others, and how to use others' work and make it applicable in their own teaching practice.
  • Technology Teaching Points: During this session, participants will learn how to use Google Docs and Spreadsheets to share, edit, and collaborate.




Resources:
Google Docs





Facilitator Notes:
You are encouraged to customize the materials to your teaching style.
Please add your own contact information in the last slide of your PowerPoints before presenting.