Teacher Review For Google Maps

Virtual Road Trip

Malati R.
Media specialist/librarian
Beckley-Stratton Middle School
Beckley, WV
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My Grades 6, 7, 8
My Subjects English Language Arts
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 4
Support 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I used this lesson with my ELL students after completing a novel. I created a virtual field trip with key locations from the novel. I dropped pins and created questions at each virtual location. This provided a great visual for the students as well as provided them an opportunity to complete the assigned task in a non-traditional way.
My Take
I think that the current version allows for some catchy classroom integration. This app allows for applications at all levels of the SAMR model. As described above, it would probably be Augmentation. To achieve redefinition, I would modify the current lesson to have students create a shared map and include relevant locations.