Welcome to GooWi Explorers
GooWi Explorers is an educational research project being conducted by the University of Montana with funding from National Science Foundation. The purpose of this project is to test an online framework through which teachers can engage their classes in place-based, collaborative learning activities across a range of geographically centered disciplines. A goal of the project is to introduce students to a specific suite of transferrable 21st century workforce skills as early as possible in their academic careers. Specifically, students will learn to use cyber-based tools to:
- conduct scholarly research,
- collaborate effectively with peers, and
- communicate professionally with their intended audience.
What types of projects will students work on?
Teachers and students will select a topic of interest to them – one with relevance to their own communities and/or local landscapes. However, all projects must relate to cultural and/or environmental change in Montana over the past few centuries.
Initial European contact may be used as a temporal baseline. Several explorations, including the Verendryes (1742-1744), Lewis and Clark (1804-1806), Hunt/Astor Party (1810-1812), Smith (1828), and Bonneville (1831-1833), brought Europeans into contact with Montana’s Native American tribes and landscapes. In addition to written accounts that survive today, paleoecological and archeological records, together with Native American oral histories, can be used to develop a rich picture of past conditions. Using these data, students can develop deep and robust understandings of natural and human induced changes over historic time, in places of importance to them.
A Teacher's Introduction to Google Earth and GPS Receivers
This book will walk you through the basic steps of navigating Google Earth, analyzing features, formatting and sharing placemarks, and organizing and sharing data. This book also covers GPS basics and outlines how to import the data you collect with your GPS into Google Earth. Each lesson is organized in an easy to follow step-by-step format making it easy to complete the activities.
Each activity includes colorful pictures and graphics to help users understand the more complex features of the program. Users of this book will soon be creating their own virtual tours in Google Earth.
As an added bonus, there are several teacher created lessons you can use in your classroom to help embed this transformative tool into your practice.