Introducing Google Maps
About this resource
Navigating the new school environment with technology.
- Build student awareness, confidence and problem-solving skills related to navigation;
- Develop skills with an application and online tool to assist with locating and travelling to their new school; and
- Understanding maps to locate local areas in your neighborhood and suburbs outside your local community.
At the end of this activity, students will be able to:
- utilise online applications to support navigation;
- locate and identify local and community landmarks; and
- compare the benefits and challenges of different modes of transport.
Students will be able to provide the following evidence:
- maps created by students indicating their journey from home to their primary school (in class);
- maps created by students indicating their journey from home to their new secondary school (in class);
- maps created by students and their parents and carers showing various forms of transport to their primary school and their new secondary school (at home with their parents and carers); and
- maps created by students and their parents and carers showing various forms of transport to their primary school and their new secondary school (at home with their parents and carers) and the time it took for them to travel and the distance travelled.
Students assessing other students’ learning, with a simple rubric or other instructions to guide feedback
Students assessing their own learning, with a rubric or other instructions for guidance
Teacher observation of student learning, with a simple rubric, tick-box or other protocol to record observations
Guided questioning from a teacher intended to prompt thinking related to the topic
Explicit teaching of knowledge and skills to students. This could be through a variety of formats – lecture, readings, demonstrations, etc. Often used at the beginning of a unit or module to cover basic knowledge and set pathways for learning.
Inquiry and problem-based learning
Inquiry learning is focused on a question or questions that guide the learning goals for a unit or module. Problem-based learning is focused on a problem or problems that guide the learning goals for a unit or module. Questions and problems may be generated by the teacher, the students, or by teacher and students together.
Work in class independently
Students working by themselves in the classroom, with support from the teacher and available learning materials.
Work in teams or pairs
Student working with other students in the classroom, with support from the teacher and available learning materials. Student groups/pairs can be set by the teacher or formed by students themselves, depending on the needs of the learning task.
Work with family members
This activity involves working with a parent and/or carer, or other responsible adult in the student’s home environment.
- Google Maps
- Laptop computer or tablet device
- Smart Board or display TV
- Alternative approaches for students with no smart phone or suitable computer device at home