Last week my friend Jane Harvey posted a tweet with the @RosemontEagles Winter Around The World project.
They were beautiful illustrations the 2nd graders created showing their winter in Virginia. Their teacher Nicole Garzia, teacher librarian Jeanette Reynolds, and Jane, who is the instructional technology specialist, collaborated and created this project with their 2nd graders.
They added it to our Winter Around the World global winter story, which will be published early next week for everyone to see.
For now, you can take a look at the Google Slides presentation that contains winter projects from all over the world.
One thing that caught my eye when I looked at Jane's tweet was their use of the map in the center of the display. They were making a physical map to show the connections and creations being made around the world.
I happened to be with my friend Kat Coughlan, who is the project manager for Cantata Learning. We started talking about what an awesome project it was and then Kat told me about an idea she had to tie in with our project.
Kat's husband Nick works as a GIS specialist for the United States Geological Survey Department. As she shared our Winter Around the World project with him, they thought it would be great to have Nick create, along with students involved in the winter project, an interactive map that will contain the different school communities included. It could even include the individual projects created by these schools too through links embedded in the map.
So I sent a tweet back to Jane to see if the children she worked with on the project would be interested in taking their work one step further to help Nick create this map.
As she tweeted me back I could tell Jane was as excited as me. We set up a Skype for the next week and today....
Lindsey Olinda, were located at, and Jeanette and Nicole with the 2nd graders at Rosemont. Jane works with both schools so it was fun to bring these students together on Skype to share their winter ideas and connections.
Nick showed the children where they were on the map. He talked about making a map in Google Earth and adding different locations and information. Nick started with their locations and added links that even took them to more information.
Afterwards we asked the 2nd graders if they would like to help us put together an interactive map for the project with winter pictures, stories, and more. They were excited to help.
We are going to have our 2nd grade friends in Tracy Ferguson and Staci Braun's classes in Van Meter, Iowa help too.
We can't wait to see the map these wonderful 2nd graders create with Nick....and we can't wait to share it with all of you.