Over the past few months, I have fallen in love with using Google Tour Builder. This web-based learning tool is similar to Google Earth but instead has been specifically created to tell stories. Originally, a Google Earth experiment, it was released as a method for allowing military men and women to document their travels. Google Tour Builder now is used by anyone who is looking to tell a story.
Using Google Tour Builder, I have worked with several teachers to create student-centered lessons using a map as the foundation. Take a look at a few samples from teachers involved in professional development offered by the Southern Nevada Regional Professional Development Program:
- Careers and Wages by State - Karla Kirk
- Animals and Habitats - Jinnie Anderson
- Outdoor Activities in Nevada - Dana Crowley
- Holidays Around the World - Lauren Desander
- To Kill a Mockingbird - Patricia Balodis
- Spanish Speaking Countries - Carlos Rosero
How can you use Google Tour Builder to tell a story? Better yet, how can students use this tool to tell THEIR own story? Give it a try.