Physical + Virtual Experiences

Computers are no longer just screens and keyboards. There are many ways to access and use information.

10 Little Rubber DucksUse both physical and virtual objects in your classroom. From preschool children to adults, rubber ducks serve as a tactile reference point for learning.

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Use Photo Booth (in your Applications folder) on your iMac to create a short video featuring your duck. Explain something to the duck or have the duck explain something. Or, tell a story using the duck as a prop. It's a great review or problem-solving activity.

Let's explore seven examples of combining physical, virtual, and relevant activities. At the same time, we're asking students to demonstrate critical thinking in selecting, analyzing, and synthesizing information as well as creative thinking applying curiosity, adaptability, flexibility, and fluency to innovate and generate new ideas and products.

GPS, GIS, and Place-based Learning

Get students up and moving. Connect physical, virtual, and relevant activities. Connect globes, satellite images, and relevant topics.

Use databases and quality online resources found at GoWYLD. For instance, SIRS Discoverer has great maps on Madagascar and Greenland that will then lead you to articles.

Watch Google Street View Trekker. Also check out Street View's Gallery.

Begin an exploration of Earth with a guided experience. Earth from Space explores specific locations around the world in five categories: living planet, water & air, structure of land, the human presence, and satellite technology.

Or, explore interactive maps focusing on particular features such as This Dynamic Planet and Mapping Life. Try other resources for data associated with place.

Use Google Maps to create your own placemark, description, and URL to share.


Integrate maps and satellite images into the classroom with website like GoogleLit Trips. Learn more at Let's Go! Google Earth & GIS Resources.

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Use Google Maps.
Tell a place-based story involving either fiction or nonfiction elements.
Plan a local history or nature trail. Mark the locations with GPS and find them in Google Maps or Google Earth.


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