We've been exploring our wonders about the Leaning Tower of Pisa and transportation in Italy compared to India. I was really proud of the girls last time for staying on task as they watched a few video clips and read some short articles online. They recorded what they learned in their notebooks and shared observations with me afterwards. This was a big milestone because they usually don't like focusing on anything hard and constantly try to pull up other tabs when I'm not looking. It helped that they are earning stars on our Italy flag towards making homemade gelato...
They have loved using Google Cardboard to look at the places we're learning about. We used the Google's Streetview app to look way up high inside the Leaning Tower of Pisa. We used DiscoveryVR's app to enjoy a 360-degree ride on a gondola in Venice. They have a hard time not walking while viewing and get really into it. I try to keep them from tripping or running into something.
Today we went a little more analog and used a variety of maps, a globe, an atlas, and a puzzle to explore India and point out main map features. They used DiscoveryVR to show a helicopter landing at the most dangerous airport in the world (in Nepal) and also gazed up at the beautiful mountains of Zion National Park. They drew countries or states and had me guess where it was. I did ok till I came to unlabeled Mauritania.
I need to re-look at where this project is headed from here, but I'm really pleased with where we're at. More to come!
In Nepali, didi means older sister and is often used to describe one who works for you, one you respect, one who walks beside you on your journey. I work hard to bring teachers, parents, and students the best educational technology tools out there that educate, engage, and empower. Enjoy!