Thursday, March 30, 2017

Google My Maps in Biology.

Google My Maps in Biology.
Grade : 9
Topic: Diversity in living organisms.
Resources: Flipped video, textbook, reference books, the Internet.

Pre-work: Students watch the flipped video at home.
Students were encouraged to try their hands at Google My Maps and share their map with the teacher. (Tip: Give something they would love to share. e.g. Places I would like to visit)

Instructions: Students were placed in smaller groups of 3-4 with one or two Chromebook per group.

Using available resources find out different examples of various phylum.
Place photos of different organisms at their real habitat. (e.g. One horn rhinoceros at Kaziranga, Black dolphins in Ganga river etc )

They also added a name of the spp., video or related information to the marked place.

After creating the ' Google My map' it had to be shared with the teacher.
Outcome: Intrigued, interested, motivated and focused students. At the end of the task, a prompt and enthusiastic response from students that they enjoyed learning it this way... :)

Link for one of my such map:
Do measure the distance Siberian cranes used to travel.
Tip: Don't forget to zoom into the exact location. Use street view, use 3D map etc.

After kids shared their maps with me. I observed the way they utilised it. One group that took reptiles made a 'my map' on olive ridley turtle with images, info, videos embedded in it. The map had a marker placed exactly on the beach where they hatch. You could zoom into that place. Use street view to check images. One group took Echinoderms above and below Tropic of Capricorn.
Another group who had added photographs to the marker had real pictures of 'feather star'. It looked green and very different from their textbook. How much more such cases, to see things in their original habitats and in real forms, in different countries etc. One group added information and warning about a local place where crocodiles are found. A few days later one student shared his google map he made himself in history... :-) I am developing more maps to be used in a classroom, for my colleagues to be used in their own subjects. Should share them soon... :)