The learners will receive direct instruction and practice with the navigation and operation of mapping technology through global navigation systems (GPS), longitude and latitude, mapping software, and the technical writing skills required to produce clear directions in this engaging and interactive digital lesson.
Estimated Time:15 minutes
Score Type:Automatically Graded
Available Languages: English, Spanish
Vocabulary: GPS, global navigation systems, map, mapping technology, navigation
Adjusts Accordingly / IdentifyLanguage Arts > Communication > Speaking Strategies / Presentations > Audience > Adjusts Accordingly / Identify
Atlas / Maps / GlobesLanguage Arts > Research > Reference Materials > Atlas / Maps / Globes
Cell phones, Hand Held Devices, PDAsTechnology Education > Information Technology > Basic Operations and Concepts > Cell phones, Hand Held Devices, PDAs
Communication to OthersTechnology Education > Information Technology > Student Use > Communication to Others
Create Communication ProductsTechnology Education > Information Technology > Digital Communications > Create Communication Products
Directional VocabularySocial Studies > Geography > Map and Geographical Skills > Geographical Concepts > Directional Vocabulary
EquatorSocial Studies > Geography > Map and Geographical Skills > Geographical Concepts > Equator
FunctionalLanguage Arts > Writing > Products / Formats > Technical > Functional
Global Positioning Systems (GPS)Technology Education > Information Technology > Basic Operations and Concepts > Global Positioning Systems (GPS)
InstructionsLanguage Arts > Communication > Listening Strategies / Context > Follow Directions > Instructions
Latitude and LongitudeSocial Studies > Geography > Map and Geographical Skills > Geographical Concepts > Latitude and Longitude
Listening / Pay AttentionLanguage Arts > Communication > Media Literacy / Viewing > Comprehension > Listening / Pay Attention
Manuals / Warranties / Functional TextLanguage Arts > Reading / Literature > Technical > Manuals / Warranties / Functional Text
Maps and Driving DirectionsTechnology Education > Information Technology > Internet > Maps and Driving Directions
Prime MeridianSocial Studies > Geography > Map and Geographical Skills > Geographical Concepts > Prime Meridian
Problem SolvingTechnology Education > Information Technology > Student Use > Problem Solving
RespondLanguage Arts > Communication > Listening Strategies / Context > Respond
Satellite Imagery - GISSocial Studies > Geography > Map and Geographical Skills > Geographical Concepts > Satellite Imagery - GIS
Social Influences, Impact and IssuesTechnology Education > Information Technology > Technology and Society > Social Influences, Impact and Issues
Student Evaluation and Selection of Tools / Software for TaskTechnology Education > Information Technology > Student Use > Student Evaluation and Selection of Tools / Software for Task
Student Technical Writing and Documentation ProductionTechnology Education > Information Technology > Student Use > Student Technical Writing and Documentation Production
Use Technology when WritingLanguage Arts > Computer Literacy Skills > Writing > Use Technology when Writing
The setting for the online lesson is the Big Day Out Festival, held annually in major Australian cities. The festival is famous throughout the region. You might want to provide some background of the festival; have students locate Auckland, Gold Coast, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, and Perth, and hold a whole class discussion about Australia's culture and history as well as student's experiences and perceptions of Australia in general.
This lesson discusses the prime meridian, equator, longitude, latitude, and altitude. You might want to point out that the prime meridian is the international zero-longitude reference line located in Greenwich, England. You might also want to explain that longitude and latitude degrees are divided into 60 minutes, and each minute is divided into 60 seconds (similar to hours). To aid your discussion, you may want to show students how longitude and latitude coordinates are written.
To prepare students for the lesson, discuss addresses and how addressing differs in countries around the world. Discuss the compass rose and standard directional language. In addition, discuss the keys to writing clear steps and instructions for others to follow.
While most mapping Web sites and software offer similar capabilities, their interfaces and features vary. You might want to point out the key features in the mapping Web site or software used in your class. For example, if students use Google maps, they can modify paths by dragging the highlight lines shown on the map.
The lesson discusses various views available in online mapping software. Satellite views are not addressed in the lesson due to copyright issues. In class, you should point out to students the availability of satellite views and hybrid views (mixture of drawn lines and satellite images). If possible, allow students to view the school, neighborhood, or popular landmark using satellite view on an online mapping Web site.
In addition to using mapping software, this lesson teaches students about GPS systems. If a handheld GPS systems are available for class use, you might consider participating in a local geocaching activity (for more information, see www.geocaching.com) or setting up your own geocaching activity on campus for the class.
The underlying theme throughout the Communicating Online unit is the role of effective writing in all walks of life throughout the world and throughout history. The lessons are presented against a backdrop of music festivals held around the world, and the accompanying activities are based on Shakespearean works and themes. Note that music compositions and plays draw heavily on many basic writing and communication principles and skills. By exploring words in the context of music, poetic discourse, and literary analysis, students can expand their perceptions of the multipurpose and cross-cultural aspects of written communication.