Proscope Lesson Ideas

December 16, 2010 – lessons from manufacuturer – how steel is made, observations of coal and other materials – ecosystem study of decaying log, observation of decomposition – list of lessons for older students from vernier

Education | Glogster

November 13, 2009

Glogster, Poster Making 2.0 Education | Glogster.

This site allows you to make a multimedia digital poster. This is a highly engaging way for students to communicate and share their learning.

Our students today expect to access and create information in the digital realm. We have the technology to meet them where they are. Also, many of our students are visual learners, Glogster gives us and easy way to capitalize on that.

Brenda Blog at discusses the importance of teacher students visual literacy and how Glogster can support that. She also provides links to examples of Glogster in elementary education.

This PDF shows you how to get started with

Here are more examples



Visual Poetry

December 11, 2008

PicLits Beach Haiku

PicLits Beach Haiku

PicLits [] is a beautiful new web site that could support poetry, creative writing, or really any descriptive writing. is a creative writing site that matches beautiful images with carefully selected keywords in order to inspire you. The object is to put the right words in the right place and the right order to capture the essence, story, and meaning of the picture.

There is a vast library of compelling images that you can browse through. Find one that moves you and write about it. This could be a great way to teach poems, haiku, etc.


Where in the world are you? How do you know? What does that look like?

I am talking about maps here, one of my favorite tried and true Mind Tools – they are a visual representation that makes a ton of data easier to understand and solve problems with. And now with free mapping tools, multimedia and mash ups there are some very interesting maps out there if you poke around a bit.

First kids need to understand how maps work. Here are a few games that teach map skills

Show World [] – this world map lets you select the criteria and the map resizes to show relative amounts in different countries.

Visualize Election Results

Visualize Election Results

US Providential Election Map [] – A state is not blue or red, these maps help us understand the how purple we are.

Atlas of our Changing Environment [] – Uses a google map overlay with before and after images that make environmental changes obvious, deforestation, dams, and climate change are made obvious to the eye.

Hunger Around the World [] – How many people are starving in different countries around the world? Click and zoom to find out.

US Climate at a Glance []: climate map from NOAA – this map will show departures from norm for temperature or rainfall for a time period you specify. You can also click the National link [] to identify climate change trends.

Native American Tribes [] – Native American Tribes organized by clickable state map.

Supporting Nonfiction Vocabulary and Comprehension Using Visual Learning and Inspiration by Eric LeMoine

>On the CD start with the Start_Here document.

>Big diagram? use collapse / expand

>Quiz Diagram, use expand to show answer, or use notes of answer and proof

>paste symbol into note

>version 8 has online templates, look for globe symbol in the templates

>crtl e = fit diagram to screen

>throw a bunch of words up, give directions to group into related categories, come up with symbol (label) for each new category
>also do this with words that could be grouped in multiple ways

>view – notes – hide all

>vocab template (from web)

>once the kids learn to use, force them to create in outline view

>arrange, use auto arrange, now new elements will continue to be arranged

ACCESSIBLIZING non-fiction text — make accessible [scaffolding vocab and ideas]
>diagram info, ideas, concepts, texts
>before, during, after reading
>shared reading
>Diagram with all hidden,
-uncover level 1
-uncover one bubble
-continue like that
[group note taking]

>focus in /focus out with ctrl e
will take ‘child’ and show only that stuff
so from big…. select shift ctrl x then ctrl e to go to part, to go back to whole, shift ctrl y then ctrl e to see whole again

>hyperlink to scaffold research project [big6???]
-put links to sites and questions on isf file
-kid goes and work on it, enters answers in note.
-link to work doc to make their written work

>inspiration now has templates per state standard on their web site

This is another great tool for managing complexity. The way to have a very complicated web and zoomed in to part of it really helps me see this as more useful.

Staggeringly Good Things Integrating Media and Google Earth Hal Davidson Discovery Education Network

Incorporating media and making tours in Google Earth (GE)
Hal’s blog with info covered, presentation, docs with code and kmz files
From Discovery Educator Network Media Matters Blog

>Google Earth Pro free for educators… contact debra kettmann at to get unlock code to pro trial.
Pro allows you to make movies of your stuff in GE > then publish, add music, etc

>GE is best when you give it scale. start with known so they can understand new

>use quick time pro to copy music chunk, then “add to movie”

>Image overlay to imbed or link video
>turn on flickr layer for stuff tagged with geographic data
>check out geographic web… panoramio…
>image overlay in toolbar. add picture, browse or use url. rotate, resize, etc. you can annotate images too. use snap shot view to zoom in???

> this site googlelittrips. is a excellent example of how to use tours with annotated placemarks. all organized around literature, but easy to see other uses. Really great stuff hear about organizing the complex.

>link in video , from say org or unitedstreaming or whatever. You can put in link and play view from browser that opens, or,
>set placemark, download video local, then play from hard drive or flash and don’t worry about internet…

baloons off?
3d veiw etc, exagerate if you want
show web results in external or not…

>right click on placemark, get info. paste in your own code….
>save place as …. kmz file .. that makes it portable.

>save as kml so you can open in word… edit code… change img src etc… word can save back as kml… then change kml to kmz… file open in GE (file open)

directions on his blog….

don’t be scared to show kids code. Google earth is friendly way to get big pay off for a bit of code. another chance to get at complexity, organizing the complex.

>add network link… I don’t know what this is, maybe set default GE open location remotely for network or something?
(flikr is example)
change the on server.

>you can also copy images into overlay, you will need the images on drive.

TOUR how to
make folder
fill with place marks
click folder, then play
preferences can control speed.
link up webcam in tour… as img src.

to and from
becomes tour
click play for fly over tour

>curriculum link
jones family path in grapes of wrath
you can make path with pop up boxes and fill with content.

>post sounds in location for habitat study, etc

Use series of place mark as geographic quiz