European History - European Explorers (Freshmen through Seniors)
European History - Absolutism Research (Seniors)
World Geography - Distribution of Natural Resources (Sophomores)
World Geography - North American Research (Sophomores)
Lesson Plan Design
First, determine what your goal/objective is for the lesson.
For World Geography, I have always wanted them to get a greater understand of the world's natural resources and the disparity of their use/production throughout the world.
Tip: Create a generic map for students to look at, in order to understand how they can manipulate their own maps.
Second, provide the guiding questions and objectives for students to quickly access and research.
New this year, I have been using Google Classroom for my classes. To get students the questions and topics, I posted an "assignment" on Google Classroom with the following:Topics/Questions
Types of resources to use
How to cite sources
Link to MyMap (Created by me, but will explain how later)
Initial Due Date (To help critique student work)
Tip: When creating the MyMap link as a teacher, go to mymaps.google.com. Then click share and change access to "Anyone at *School Domain* with the link" and "Can Edit." Next, copy the URL and post it on the Classroom Assignment.
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Third, students begin researching and posting their information to the linked MyMap.
Tip: There is a limit to the number of layers (10 Total) you can create, so be cognizant of the amount.
Fourth, review students work and provide immediate feedback on their design and information.
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Tip: Unlike the other Google Apps tools, Google MyMaps does not automatically update as students work on it. However, if you reload the map, all the other work will be updated to your map.
Fifth, share the student work with the rest of the world!
Tip: Post it to Google+ in order to demonstrate your students work, as well as inspire other teachers to have students create their own resources!
What other ideas do you have for student created maps? Ways to make the process even better?