Remember Google Earth and all of its Googly awesomeness? Remember how much of a pain it was that you had to have a desktop and download software to use it? Well.....wait no more! Google recently released the web version of Google Earth meaning you can use it without having to download software and thus access it on Chromebooks. Google Earth, if you aren't familiar with it, allows you to explore the earth (and oceans) in 3D!
This updated web version of Google Earth gives you the ability to explore Google Lit Trips on Chromebooks by uploading the KMZ or KML files! What are Lit Trips? Lit Trips are downloadable files that mark the journeys of characters from famous literature on the surface of Google Earth. Along the way, placemarks with pop-up windows contain "just in time" resources including relevant media, thought-provoking discussion starters, and links to supplementary information about "real world" references in that portion of the story. Our focus is on creating engaging and relevant literary experiences for students. What a great way to enhance novels you may be reading/exploring in your classroom. Another aspect of the new Google Earth is Voyager. Voyager allows you to explore some of the amazing wonders of the world in 3D with embedded 360 degree videos.
Looking for some great ideas for your school Makerspace? Curious about what the maker movement is all about? Check out this FREE event at Red Deer College on Saturday, April 22.
The Maker Faire will showcase makers of all ages from across central Alberta. You'll have a chance to see many different machines in action as well as get hands-on to do some making of your own.
New this year is an Education Focus through-out the Faire. Students will be demonstrating some of the projects they've been working on at school. You'll be able to talk to other teachers who use making both in a makerspace setting as well as integrated into their classroom. And, just for teachers, get away from the crowd in the Teacher's Lounge where you can share your thoughts and ideas on curriculum related topics.
Please take a minute to register - it's totally free, but by completing the registration you'll be able to indicate that you're an educator and gain access to the Teacher's Lounge.
REGISTER at reddeer.makerfaire.com/tickets
We're heading into the homestretch now and so we thought we'd change things up a bit. Many of you are probably setting up Easter Egg hunts for your students in your classrooms or schools. Why not take a few minutes to participate in one yourself?
There are a few abnormalities ("eggs") hidden throughout the website, if you can find them all we'll send you a small prize. The "Easter Egg" hunt will begin immediately and remain open until noon on Friday, April 21st. The form below will act as your treasure hunt guide. Please note - anyone can participate in the Easter Egg hunt but prizes are only available to Wolf Creek staff.
This site is a resource to support the teachers of Wolf Creek Public Schools as we continue to learn and grow.
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