BirdsEye Detectives: Geospatial Technologies for Multidisciplinary, Locally-Relevant, and Project-Based K-12 Instruction

Geospatial tools, such as Google Earth, Google Maps, and Fusion Tables, dramatically bring the world to students. Textbook based tables, maps, and texts offer orientation and direction yet do not actively support students in developing spatial relationships. Through workshops and modules developed using geospatial tools, CSU pre-service teachers are exploring their local area and their world in new, dynamic ways, eschewing the flat maps and outdated textbook tables.

BirdsEye Detectives is a project supported by Google and it's promotion of CSU faculty through the Google Faculty Institute. It is common to find professional development workshops dedicated to learning technology that only focus on the tools themselves, not on the integration of the tools into classroom practice. This project disrupts this norm by asking pre-service teachers to learn about geospatial technologies that can promote student-centered learning and spatial thinking.

This site houses modules and workshop materials for use in teacher education programs as well as lessons created by pre-service teachers.

Join us at ISTE in San Diego this June!

BirdsEye Detectives: Incorporating Geospatial Perspectives in Pre-Service Teaching

  • Tuesday, June 26th from 4-6pm

This poster discusses a model for pre-service teachers to explore how a geospatial perspective could enhance standards-based topics. As a BirdsEye detective, pre-service teachers employed technologies such as Google Maps/Earth and Fusion Tables to promote student inquiry and exploration. Participants will be able to access the learning modules used for professional development and workable lesson plans developed by pre-service teachers for this project. We intend to share the learning modules used for professional development and workable lesson plans developed by pre-service teachers for this project. The presenters engaged in the Google Faculty Institute for CSU faculty. This partnership is designed to support University teacher educators as we revision how we train pre-service STEM teachers: The presenters are CSU faculty from Bakersfield, Sonoma, and San Diego State. We all work in teacher education either as educational technologists and/or content experts in STEM.


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BirdsEye Detectives Project
Google Faculty Institute

CSU Faculty:
Dirk Baron, Bernie Dodge, Jessica K. Parker, Donna Ross, and Penny Swenson

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