VISUALIZING WITH TECHNOLOGY
Exploring Japan with Google Earth


MANGA in JAPAN

Subject: Asian Art - Manga
Grade Level: 6-8



Students will use Google Earth to explore the streets of Japan. The journey will look at some historical and urban settings of the country to expose the students to the different cultural highlights of Japan.




PA STATE STANDARDS
ART: PRODUCTION, PERFORMANCE & EXHIBITION 9.1.8
A. Know and use the elements and principles of each art form to create works in the arts and humanities.
B. Recognize, know, use and demonstrate a variety of appropriate arts elements and principles to produce, review and revise original works in the arts.
D. Demonstrate knowledge of at least two styles within each art form through performance or exhibition of unique works.
E. Communicate a unifying theme or point of view through the production of works in the arts.
F. Explain works of others within each art form through performance or exhibition.
J. Incorporate specific uses of traditional and contemporary technologies within the design for producing, performing and exhibiting works in the arts or the works of others.

ISTE

1. Communication and Collaboration
Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others. Students:
a. Interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media.
b. Communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats.
c. Develop cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with learners of other cultures.
d. Contribute to project teams to produce original works or solve problems.


5. Digital Citizenship
Students understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical behavior. Students:
a. advocate and practice safe, legal, and responsible use of information and technology.
b. exhibit a positive attitude toward using technology that supports collaboration, learning, and productivity.
c. demonstrate personal responsibility for lifelong learning.
d. exhibit leadership for digital citizenship.

6. Technology Operations and Concepts
Students demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations. Students:
a. understand and use technology systems.
b. select and use applications effectively and productively.
c. troubleshoot systems and applications.
d. transfer current knowledge to learning of new technologies.


OBJECTIVE (S)
Students will learn how to use Google Earth
Students will explore and learn about Japan

MATERIALS/RESOURCES
Computer with Internet access (computer lab or laptops)
Projector connected to a computer (SMARTboard if available)
Handouts: Google Earth “Getting Started”, Google Earth User Guide, 3.2.1 Review worksheet
Whiteboard or large chart paper
Pens or chalk

Google Earth for Educators: http://www.google.com/educators/p_earth.html

  • Work with technology department to download Google Earth and check the program ability to work in the computer lab



Sample of a Recorded Tour of Japan:



PROCEDURES

1. DEMONSTRATION OF GOOGLE EARTH – Day One
  • Introduce Google Earth to the students
  • Demonstrate the using Google Earth by using a location in Japan – Kyoto and Kobe (These are based on my upcoming trip to Japan.)
  • If not downloaded on computers in the lab, go through step-by-step process to download the program to the computers (confirm and do a test with the technology dept.)
  • Have the students’ pair up and give each group a destination to “travel to” in Japan (Location will be based on teacher’s trip to Japan)
  • Hand out the “Google Earth User Guide” to the students
  • Allow students to spend time working with the new digital medium.
  • Students should spend time doing the tutorials.

2. RECORD A TOUR – Day Two & Three
  • Once the students have become familiar with using Google Earth, have them do a more in depth “search” of the assigned area.
  • Students should find 3 to 5 points of interests
  • Using the “Tour” feature in Google Earth students should create a tour of the points of interests

3. PRESENT THE STORY – Day Four
  • As a whole class, students will view each others Tours of Japan
  • After each group presented their Tours of Japan, each student should fill out a 3-2-1 Review Worksheet

EVALUATION
3-2-1 Review Worksheet

  • 3 Things you learned about Google Earth
  • 2 ways you can use the tools in other class projects
  • 1 aspect about Google Earth you would like to learn more about


DIFFERENTIATED ACTIVITIES
  • Depending on the student’s ability to operate Google Earth, the teacher may want to add another to allow them to explore the program or work more with Recording a Tour feature
  • This lesson is done in a small group (2-3 students) to help each other with the technology. Students may work individually, if the task inspires that type of learning style
  • Handouts and worksheets can be adapted for all learning needs
  • Visual Images will be provided to guide students in the learning process

PLAN B
  • If “RECORD A TOUR” does not work, have the students gather photos of the area to share with the class.
  • Students can put together a PowerPoint of the images with an explanation of the images.
  • If the PowerPoint is not an option, the students can do a collage of the images and explain the meaning behind the images to the class
  • Each group should present to the class and complete the 3-2-1 Review Worksheet

PLAN C
  • If Google Earth is not an option, students could use Google images or Flickr to look for particular historical and cultural highlights of Japan assigned by the teacher
  • Students can put together a PowerPoint of the images with an explanation of the images.
  • If the PowerPoint is not an option, the students can do a collage of the images and explain the meaning behind the images to the class
  • Each group should present to the class and complete the 3-2-1 Review Worksheet


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