I am excited to introduce you to my new project idea that I hope will result in some engaging content for our classes. It is collaborative in the same way the Interesting Ways resources are and I will need your help to make it a success.
- Using Google Maps.
- Maths activities in different places around the world.
- One location, one maths topic, one map.
- Activities explained in placemarks in Google Maps.
- Placemarks geotagged to the maths it refers to. “How wide is this swimming pool?”
- Teachers to contribute and share ideas.
- Maps can be used as independent tasks or group activities in class.
- Maps can be embedded on websites, blogs or wikis.
- Tasks to be completed by students and recorded online or offline.
Four years ago I created Google Earth resources for the classroom and posted them to the GE Community Forum. Two of them were called Maths in Madrid and Maths in Las Vegas. These were based on the fact that there is maths all around us, every day, everywhere we look. Google Earth (and Maps) gives us a great perspective on it all. It also provides easy access for our students to see rich visual content that depicts everyday maths. I have always loved the idea of children seeing the maths they are working on.
The only issue with Google Earth is that it is restrictive in two ways. It is not browser based and it is impossible for me to create a resource for others to collaborate on.
Luckily Google Maps has caught up and using the collaborative features I can now invite other teachers and educators to help build on these resources. It is exciting to return to these old ideas and work on them with you all.
Earlier today I invited some people on Twitter to help me make a start and it was great to see loads of ideas added to the Maths in Madrid map I had generated, based on my original work. There were questions about shape, time, money, rotational symmetry, you name it! (Thanks to all those who helped!)
View Maths in Madrid in a larger map
Please don’t add to this map any more – see the Measures in Madrid map below.
The problem here is that although the ideas were organised under maths topics (see map) with different coloured pins, there was no distinction between age appropriateness. There would be too much to filter out for the teacher or student.
With help and direction from those collaborating, I took a simpler approach and created a Measures in Madrid map that collates maths ideas about the one topic. This time the placemark icons are used to distinguish which age group it is best for. See below.
I think this is much easier to use because the map is about one topic, but shows the grade/age level too. Many different maps can be created to cover lots of different maths topics.
Measures in Madrid – How can you contribute?
- Explore the map below for the ideas already added, follow the link to open it in a new window.
- Make sure you are signed in to your Google account.
- Click on EDIT in the left panel.
- Zoom close to the city and it’s surroundings. (Don’t forget Streetview)
- Find some MEASURES ideas you can see.
- Add a placemark (use the right colour for the age group it is best for – see purple pin)
- Explain the activity in the description.
- Change the title to show how many ideas there are.
- Send out a Tweet or write a blog post to highlight this resource and encourage others to contribute.
View 7 Measures Activities in Madrid in a larger map
There are endless amounts of maps we could make and once this one is up and running I will be highlighting some more. I will be embedding them all on the MATHS MAPS page of this blog too.
Please help by contributing just one placemark – let others know about the maps so we can gather lots of ideas.