Upgrading myCultural Expeditions with ESRI

Blog Post created by BBSutton on May 8, 2017


The recent chaos about immigration and some photos that my friend Linda Taber Ulla shared, while on her trip to India and Pakistan brought me to the realization that many who have not traveled do not know the world in the same way as we who study countries and culture do. I think the pictures help as long as they are not eye candy.

What I mean is ,that with the Internet and various media we see the world, but we might be lacking in learning the cultural components. We can learn about the places that immigrants come from. The USA is a nation of immigrants. It was peopled by Native Americans and Africans were brought as slaves ,forced immigration. All others were immigrants.ships_waiting_to_sail_out-t2

I discovered the World Heritage project in 1994, and used it. They were slides that young people a chance to voice their concerns and to become involved in the protection of our common cultural and natural heritage. It sought  to encourage and enable tomorrow’s decision-makers to participate in heritage conservation and to respond to the continuing threats facing our World Heritage.We were thinking environmentally along time ago.

The idea of involving young people in World Heritage preservation and promotion came as a response to Article 27 of the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage (World Heritage Convention).

Now we have Skype, and technologies that connects us to various countries so we can interact with students, teachers and community. Now I will soon be skilled in Story Map and able to create ways to share the places that I have been in ideational scaffolding. The Story Map seems the best way to share.

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Doing the maps with languages that are difficult has been interesting. While in Russia the asking of the name to fit the map source name was frustrating. The Church of the Spilled Blood had a Russian name that was not an English Entity.

Projecting the size of the US vs Russia , I did not know what map projection to use or if it was true.The names of many Russian cities change with time and politics and so that was a real problem in trying to tell a story. Some Russian stories we don't know like the time of starvation in Saint Petersburg. It was a shock to find out this history and to be a part of a group celebrating their survival in the war.One night I found myself at the memorial for all of the pets that starved to death. An interesting map was that of the gardens where food was grown to help increase the store of food for the people.

I learned at the ESRI Conference how to display and share maps. We never found a map store in Russia.I found a few on the Internet.

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#global geography

#map projections

cultural heritage

simple story mapping

# expeditions


@Saint Petersburg had so many new things to share that I often just snapped a picture and now I am still sorting through them to explain. Some Saint Petersburg photos. You will have to look down the Facebook page to see several pictures.

There are Many Ways to Connect.Communicate, Learn Culture and be Global Citizens

One way is to do virtual field trips.

What is Expeditions?
Google Expeditions enable teachers to bring students on virtual trips to places like museums, underwater, and outer space. Expeditions are collections of linked virtual reality (VR) content and supporting materials that can be used alongside existing curriculum. These trips are collections of virtual reality panoramas — 360° panoramas and 3D images — annotated with details, points of interest, and questions that make them easy to integrate into curriculum already used in schools. Google is working with a number of partners, including: WNET, PBS, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, the American Museum of Natural History, the Planetary Society, David Attenborough with production company Alchemy VR and many of the Google Cultural Institute museum partners to create custom educational content that spans the universe.

The important sentence is that one that shares that they can be used alongside existing curriculum.

Geography and learning about the cultural elements of a place are important.

There may be an update on what the elements of culture are but here they are defined for anyone to understand.GIS 1

What I have learned in T3G is to add the content in meaningful ways and to learn how others have constructed lessons.##
I have new  information on digital museums to add to the lessons.I have story maps to design.