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November 28

posted Nov 28, 2012, 6:03 AM by Peter Knowles   [ updated Nov 29, 2012, 7:45 AM ]

Learning Target ImageWhat will I be able to do when I've finished this lesson?   What idea, topic, or subject is important for me to learn and understand so that I can do this?   What will I do to show that I can do this? How well will I have to do this?
I can measure distances between locations using Google Map; I can locate and record accurate geographic information about world locations. 
To do this, I must use a Google Map to measure distances between points and accurately record the information. I must also use web resources to collect information about a given location.

I will need to add the information I find to a spreadsheet, then collect information that others have collected to my own spreadsheet. This is a formative assessment. An accurately completed spreadsheet will show that I have successfully met the learning target.

Today you will need to open your Renaissance Map in Google Maps and add a Distance Measurement Tool to it. Once you've done that, you'll need to measure the distance between a couple of locations, but wait for instructions on which ones to measure. 

You'll also need to open a Google Spreadsheet called "Renaissance Locations". It's a Read-Only document, so use File > Make a copy to make a copy of your own that you can edit. 
You'll be assigned one of the cities on the chart to focus on. 
Once you get your assignment, you need to find out some information about the city, and here are some good places to find that information:
  • Latitude & Longitude: Search for your city's page on Wikipedia. You should find the Latitude & Longitude in a table on the right, or further down the page. (Use Ctrl + F and find the word Latitude if you want to find it fast). Report the Latitude and Longitude in this format: 44*27'N or 12*03'W
  • Distance from Rome: Use the Google Distance Measurement Tool you set up earlier and your own map. Be sure to record the distance in miles. Round up or down to the nearest whole number.  
  • Average Temperatures and Rainfall: http://www.holiday-weather.com/ Use the Search window beneath the world map on the screen, then the "Annual Averages" link on the right side of the screen to get yearly data that will help you complete your chart. 
  • If you finish with the information required for your city on the first tab and are waiting for others to catch up, get to work on the second page of the worksheet, called "Monthly Data" to collect MONTHLY totals for Average High and Average Low temperatures, as well as monthly rainfall totals and rainy days. If you want to divide these tasks with others collecting information for the same city, feel free to do so. You'll find this information at the http://www.holiday-weather.com/ website. Be sure to type your city's name in the first box. 
  • OR if you are WAY AHEAD of everyone else, you may collect information in the main chart for either one of the two non-Italian cities on your map (Brugge and Nuremberg). Use the same tools as before to collect the data for Latitude & Longitude, Distance from Rome, and Average Temperatures and Rainfall. 
When you are done with your individual city's data collection, you'll have a chance to add information from other students about their cities so you'll end up with a complete table for all the Italian cities. 

HOMEWORK? Nothing new, just that pesky old Renaissance: People, Places, Things & Ideas assignment from way back (If you aren't finished yet)