This week my wonderful friend Joyce Valenza and I saw this happen when we brought together the global studies honors class at Springfield Township School in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania and four 4th graders at Van Meter Community School in Van Meter, Iowa.
Where in the world? GeoGuessr as a literacy tool on her NeverEnding Search blog at School Library Journal. I had told Joyce all about GeoGuessr one day because my 4th and 5th graders have been loving it at Van Meter.
Steve Gagnon and his 5th graders in New Hampshire at the beginning of September. We had learned how important it is to look for clues in pictures, how to use Google Maps, and a lot about distance.
Mr. G's Class In New Hampshire Teaches Our 4th Graders In Iowa About GeoGuesser......Let The Games Begin!
The fourth graders came down to the library early and set up the Google Hangout with my laptop. They were so excited when the laptop rang and it was Joyce and her kids. They couldn't wait to tell their new friends in Philadelphia all about themselves and being a student at Van Meter.
The first round they all played separate from one another. Our kids gave them some little tips on finding landmarks for clues and how you can zoom in Google Maps to pin point the location you want to guess.
Next round, we set up a "Challenge" within GeoGuessr. Once you have a "Challenge" created, GeoGuessr gives you a link to share with others who want to play. We shared this url and gave ourselves 5 minutes to play.Padlet. They could find the link to the Padlet at the Van Meter School Symbaloo on the 4th Grade Webmix.
I wish you all could have seen how excited the 4th graders were and how happy the honors class in Philadelphia was too. It was active, connected, and collaborative learning and teaching.
It wasn't just about learning about and playing GeoGuessr. It was also about making connections with other young people who are older, live in the eastern part of the country, and who attend a large high school.