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ERIC Number: EJ779931
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1082-5754
Power of the Mashup: Combining Essential Learning with New Technology Tools
Boss, Suzie; Krauss, Jane
Learning & Leading with Technology, v35 n1 p12-17 Aug 2007
Jerome Burg, after 34 years of teaching, left his own classroom last year and now helps other teachers integrate technology into the curriculum at Granada High School in Livermore, California. One new project he designed is heightening global interest in literary road trips by creating a resource that combines a new technology with a time-tested instructional approach. Google Lit Trips harnesses Google Earth as a powerhouse teaching tool for literature studies. The interactive Web-based application allows users to literally search the globe, using satellite imagery, maps, terrain, and other three-dimensional images. Burg has designed custom files so that literature students virtually travel along with a literary character, using Google Earth to explore the key locations of a story. Burg's experience shows what can happen when a teacher understands the power of the mashup--a hybrid application that draws from multiple sources to create something new. Today's technologies--and the emerging mashups--help teachers to perform eight essential learning functions: (1) Ubiquity; (2) Deep Learning; (3) Making Things Visible and Discussable; (4) Expressing Ourselves, Sharing Ideas, Building Community; (5) Collaboration; (6) Research; (7) Project Management; and (8) Reflection and Iteration. Although technologies continually evolve, these learning functions remain fairly stable. (Contains 4 resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: International Society for Technology in Education, Eugene, OR.
Identifiers - Location: California