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Estimated Time:15 minutes


Score Type:Automatically Graded

Work completed by a student will be automatically graded and the grade will be sent to the Learning Management System (LMS) gradebook

Available Languages: English, Spanish

Vocabulary: GPS, global navigation systems, map, mapping technology, navigation

Primary Objectives:

  • Student demonstrates a sound understanding of the nature and operation of mapping technology.
  • Students are proficient in the use of mapping technology.
  • Student develops positive attitudes toward using mapping technology to support lifelong learning, collaboration, personal pursuits, and productivity.
  • Student uses mapping technology to enhance learning, increase productivity, and promote creativity.
  • Student uses mapping technology to collaborate in constructing technology-enhanced models, prepare publications, and produce other creative works.
  • Student evaluates mapping technology and selects appropriate tools for specific tasks.
  • Student uses mapping technology to solve problems in the real world.

Secondary Objectives:

  • Student represents text information in different ways.
  • Student interprets and uses graphic sources of information, such as maps.
  • Student uses available technology to support aspects of creating and publishing texts.
  • Student frames questions to direct research
  • Student presents information using available technology.
  • Student interprets important events and ideas gathered from maps.
  • Student produces visual images, messages, and meanings that communicate with other.
  • Student understands the interconnections among systems.
  • Student demonstrates the ability to frame, analyze, and solve problems.
  • Student analyzes, accesses, integrates, evaluates, and creates information.
  • Student transfers learning from one domain to another.
  • Student increases global awareness.


Atlas / Maps / Globes

Language Arts > Research > Reference Materials > Atlas / Maps / Globes

Cell phones, Hand Held Devices, PDAs 

Technology Education > Information Technology > Basic Operations and Concepts > Cell phones, Hand Held Devices, PDAs 

Communication to Others

Library Media > Information Technology > Student Use > Communication to Others

Communication to Others 

Technology Education > Information Technology > Student Use > Communication to Others 

Create Communication Products 

Technology Education > Information Technology > Digital Communications > Create Communication Products 

Directional Vocabulary

Social Studies > Geography > Map and Geographical Skills > Geographical Concepts > Directional Vocabulary


Social Studies > Geography > Map and Geographical Skills > Geographical Concepts > Equator


Language Arts > Writing > Products / Formats > Technical > Functional

Global Positioning Systems (GPS) 

Technology Education > Information Technology > Basic Operations and Concepts > Global Positioning Systems (GPS) 

How Where to Locate Information

Language Arts > Research > Search Strategies > How Where to Locate Information


Language Arts > Communication > Listening Strategies / Context > Follow Directions > Instructions

Latitude and Longitude

Social Studies > Geography > Map and Geographical Skills > Geographical Concepts > Latitude and Longitude

Listening / Pay Attention

Language Arts > Communication > Media Literacy / Viewing > Comprehension > Listening / Pay Attention

Manuals / Warranties / Functional Text

Language Arts > Reading / Literature > Technical > Manuals / Warranties / Functional Text

Maps and Driving Directions 

Technology Education > Information Technology > Internet > Maps and Driving Directions 

Prime Meridian

Social Studies > Geography > Map and Geographical Skills > Geographical Concepts > Prime Meridian

Satellite Imagery - GIS

Social Studies > Geography > Map and Geographical Skills > Geographical Concepts > Satellite Imagery - GIS

Student Technical Writing and Documentation Production 

Technology Education > Information Technology > Student Use > Student Technical Writing and Documentation Production 
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  • 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 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.

  • To help students master writing directions and understanding mapping skills, have students create maps and directions for their parents to use during an Open House. Have the students outline a typical day. Each outline should include room numbers, subjects, teacher names, and one or two sentences about each class period. Tell students to take notes and pay attention as they move throughout the school during the next day. Have students use their notes to write clear directions that describe their daily paths. Show students a map of the school, and have students re-create the map in their own style. After maps are created, have students draw the paths they take on their maps, label each destination, and verify that their written directions and descriptions match their maps. Have students present their maps and directions to their parents at the Open House to help parents experience a meaningful visit to the school.
S.1.d Students understand the fundamental concepts of technology operations, demonstrate the ability to choose, use and troubleshoot current technologies and are able to transfer their knowledge to explore emerging technologies.
S.3.a Students plan and employ effective research strategies to locate information and other resources for their intellectual or creative pursuits.
S.6.a Students choose the appropriate platforms and tools for meeting the desired objectives of their creation or communication.
ELA-Literacy.SL.5.2 Summarize a written text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
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