One Application, So Many Uses!
Students in grades K-2 have spent the past few weeks using Google Earth during integration lessons with their current units. Here's how one application can be used in so many different ways!
Kindergartners are studying our local Beaufort community. We began with a lesson just practicing how to navigate the program. We even "walked" across the downtown bridge using our "street view man". The children really enjoyed getting to see their community from a bird's eye view!
Next I set up a virtual tour of Beaufort, highlighting some Kindergartener's favorite places such as the library, Riverview Charter School, Hunting Island, and YoYo's. Students were able to "fly" around our community to see some of their favorite places in a whole new way, including their own house!
Check out the video of the excitement captured in Ms. Liz's class!
So now we know that Google Earth can be used to study our local community. But did you know it can also be used to study space? As a part of first grade's unit on space, students used Google Earth of observe and compare Earth, the moon, and Mars. Students observed the similarities and differences between the three and could even zoom in and see photos from the landscape of Mars. It was very exciting!
Second grade is also studying community systems as a part of their learning cycle. Similarly to Kindergarten, students used Google Earth to explore our community. In addition to examining our local community, students used Google Earth to explore nearby urban, rural, and suburban communities. We even took the lesson global and examined communities in other countries!
This weekend the technology department will update all iPads in order to fix issues we've been having with our server. Thank you for ensuring that your child has an iCloud backup (using their school issued Apple ID or personal Apple ID). We hope this weekend all our iPad issues will be resolved with the new update to the server.
RCS Email for Students!
All middle school students now have school issued email addresses. Students will only be able to send/receive email from their teachers. Technology student emails were activated in class this week. If your child does not take technology, teachers were given instructions on how to activate the email. Please email me if you have any questions or concerns.