Very good resource: Google Earth Tutorials
Today, Friday, is my busiest teaching day. Well it isn’t as busy as traditional classroom teacher as my last class ends at 11:30am. Today’s schedule with their lessons:
8:45-9:30 4th Grade Girls (sometimes earlier/later as they come from morning singling assembly) Typing and recreate the Rock Cycle
9:05-9:50 3rd Grade Boys Typing and Plant/Seeds Brainpop Movie and work in partners recreating plant growth with a partner on a shared computer
10:30-11:20 2nd Grade Boys Typing and learning what a map is and its Key/Legend and the Compass Rose
As you can see there is an emphasis on typing as it helps prepare the students for their Middle Form (5-8th) classes. But there is an overlap! As we created our this year’s technology schedule, we somehow overlooked this and I was stuck with the overlap. Luckily, one of my colleagues (there are 3 tech teachers in our lab) takes over my first class while I take the 3rd Grade boys.
So, what do I do the rest of the time? Well, I am also the web rep for the boys school, assist both school faculties/staffs in their tech needs–which is the biggest part I do and sometimes the least fun, general/simple tech troubleshooting, budget, and student support as the older kids drop in during lunch, meet with administration, do future kindergarten/student tours and equipment checkout. Needless to say, though I am not as busy as a classroom teacher, I seem to get burned out at the end of the day. Its funny how my official job description doesn’t totally reflect what I do.
Today I introduced Google Earth to the 7th grade boys. Last week it was the 8th grade boys and it was exploring the Moon. A lot of great stuff like video touring the moon, following the Apollo Missions, layers of pictures and descriptions etc. This is an incredible resource! Check it out and download it–ITS FREE!!