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  About the Project  


Today more than ever before the world faces many difficult and complex problems where the development of broad and powerful thinking is needed. And with these complexities we should be developing ways to educate our students in the context of human intellectual development. We need to find ways to expand the neocortical functions of the student rather than repressing the mind and its development. A new generation of students expects a learning environment that integrates today’s digital tools, accommodates a mobile lifestyle, adapts to individual learning styles and encourages collaboration and teamwork.


The Halliburton Project is designed to explore the latest technology tools and solutions available to help schools build 21st Century learning environments that motivate and engage today’s students. The project will provide multiple examples of media-rich projects, investigate the new world of podcasting, vodcasting, blogs, wiki’s, web 2.0, digital storytelling, Google Earth KML files and demonstrate ways to integrate these new technologies into the classroom.

 Navigators Guide 


On this Wiki you will visit places where Richard Halliburton explored to write his Book of Marvels. Within each exploration page in the side bar under Project Index, visitors will take virtual Google Earth tours of Marvels in the United States, Mexico, South America, China, the Orient and Europe. Additional links have been developed to take you on experiences through written scripts, image overlays and video tours both within Google Earth and on the correlating pages.


To take full advantage of the interactivity of this site, you will need to download and install Google Earth. We hope you will enjoy your tours of the Marvels of the World and come back often for new experiences. Remember that each time you click on a Google Earth hyperlink (KMZ file) you should look for and open a video or envelope symbol for more information about the place you are visiting.

  Lesson1: Who Was Richard Halliburton?  


Richard Halliburton (9 January 1900 – presumed dead after 24 March 1939) was an American traveler, adventurer, and author. Best known today for having swum the length of the Panama Canal and paying the lowest toll in its history—36 cents—Halliburton was headline news for most of his brief career. His final and fatal adventure, an attempt to sail a Chinese junk, the Sea Dragon, across the Pacific Ocean from Hong Kong to the Golden Gate International Exposition in San Francisco, carried his name into legend. Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Halliburton 


Lesson One:Enhancing Grammar Skills and Vocabulary Development

Lesson one is a three-part lesson that helps you understand background information about Richard Halliburton. In lesson one, part 1 through 3, you will develop your reading skills by increasing your vocabulary, generate comprehension questions through the use of graphic organizers, and focus on enriching your grammar through writing. In each part, there will be exercises for you to complete which will include comprehension questions and sentence writing. When you complete your assignments, you will need to submit them to your instructor. Please study each of the comprehension questions to prepare for your student responder exam.


 (Please Note: You can use My Share Box located in the side bar to play as you read parts one through three.)


Lesson One (Parts 1 through 3)


See Resource Information: Lessonwriter

  Lesson 2: Write A Script  


Lesson Two: Your teacher will assign you a number (1 to 30) that corresponds with one of the titles listed on "The Occident" .pdf file posted below. Once your number has been assigned you are to write a short narrative describing one of the places Richard Halliburton visited and wrote about in his Book of Marvels. Scripts should be four to five sentences. Scripts will include video and reference links that will be created in lesson four. The script along with hyperlinks can then be copied and pasted into the placemark window while creating a KMZ file. The hyperlinks can then be opened or viewed for additional information about the location. You will need to post your narative under your assigned project page. (Marvels in the United StatesMarvels In Mexico and South America, or Marvels in Europe ) During your in-service, you will create an audio file of your script using Audacity.



Example Script

Welcome to the Washington Monument, the world's tallest masonty structures, standing 555 feet. The structure was designed by Robert Mills in the 1840’s and is built from marble, granite and sandstone. The construction of the monument began in 1848 and was completed in 1884, thirty years after Robert Mills' death. The reason for the construction delay was in part from lack of funding and the start of the American Civil War.

  1. For more information on the Washington Monument, vist Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_Monument.
  2. You can also see a video about the Washington Monument at TeacherTube: See Video Washington Monument 
  3. Picture Reference: http://www.anders.com/pictures/public/04-views/45%20-%20Washington%20Monument_sm.jpg

  Lesson 3: Conduct an Image Search 


Lesson Three: In lesson three, you will learn about the term creative commons and then conduct a "Google" Creative Commons image search. To learn about Creative Commons preview the film by clicking on the “What is Creative Commons?” link. Secondly, you will need some images for your project. To obtain images for your project topic do a Google Creative Commons image search.  Example: Select Images then type (Creative Commons Grand Canyon). Remember to pull up full images before right clicking on your mouse to “Save Picture As.” Always download or “Save Picture As” to your student folder or thumb drive and keep a credit log of the creator of the image you are storing. These pictures or images will be used later when you create your digital story and overlay images within your Google Earth kmz file. You should have a minimum of 15 images and no more than 30 images.





  Lesson 4: Creating A Google Earth KML File  



Lesson Four: Use your Google Earth Quick Guide to help you create a KML file. KML is a file extension similar to .doc, .xls, or .jpg. On Google Earth, a KML file references specific locations on the earth and enables you to create a placemark that targets these locations. In lesson four, you will learn how to navigate Google Earth. During your one day in-service, you will learn how to search the globe, measure distances, insert image overlays and create KML/KMZ files while importing scripts and video into placemarks.



Google Earth Historical Places


  Lesson 5: Create A Digital Story  


Lesson Five: A digital story is a new form of story telling that combines the conversion of written narrative to digital voiceovers that is aided by computer tools. Taking a written story and then converting into a digital sound narrative provides a means for expressive creativity. Additionally, digital narratives can be overlaid to both digital pictures and background music to give the digital story depth of expression and mood. An example of a digital story with digital audio narrative and photos that express an event in time and historical significances can be developed using a story board. In lesson four, you will create a digial story about your given topic using a story board.



Digital Story Telling Production Resources is designed to help digital developers with a plethora of websites that support free media sources for sound, digital imaging, editors, clip art, and video resources. Users entering this website must abide by copyright policy as requested by the web host. Please read each copyright resource header before activating a link to ensure that you have a full understanding of requirements prior to using digital media in a production.





Comments (2)

Ann Adrian said

at 8:19 am on Jan 28, 2009

Bill, have you started changing for your 8th graders? Are you working on the workshop the 27th? I am notified of changes but haven't quite figured out where the changes are being made. I am hoping to come to the workshop on the 27th so that I have a better understanding.

Ann Adrian said

at 10:20 am on Mar 29, 2009

I really like the ppt on Project Based Learning. Is that what you will use at Haysville? I look forward to the summer workshop so that I can be more involved with Haliburton.

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