Welcome to the Expedition Lit Trips Project,

Have Some Fun Exploring Your World

"Every generation has it's great men and women, people who, for what ever reason, feel compelled to push themsleves to achieve what others might feel is impossible or not worth the effort." - Nathaniel Philbrik in Sea of Glory

Expedition Lit Trips is a version of Google Lit Trips where students read books on various historical and modern expeditions. These geographical book reports challenge students to develop a thesis and demonstrate how it played out in the literature. By combining a number of book layers into a composite layer, students can research broad themes across a number of expeditions that occurred in different locations or during different historical periods. Some of the themes students have chosen include: gender and equality, coming of age, supply challenges, character and leadership, cultural difussion, environmental exploitation, safety, historical technology, and developments in navigational technology.

These projects are done as capstone experiences as part of Mr. Cooper's Outdoor Culture and Technology course. Mr. Cooper currently serves as the Technology Coordinator and is a teacher at the Walker School in Marietta, GA. If you would like more information on our project, feel free to contact me at: coopert@thewalkerschool.org.
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Project Goals:
1. Identify various historical and contemporary expeditions and traits that they have in common.
2. Collect and analyze various historical documents in order to understand the significance of these expeditions on modern culture.
3. Analyze the effects of technology on the exploration of our world.
4. Use modern technology to map these expeditions in order to gain knowledge about them through spatial representation.
5. Identify the positive and negatives affects of an expedition on a particular culture.
6. Investigate the biological, environmental, and cultural components of risk behavior.
7. Acknowledge the demands of leadership and understand how they can at the same time confirm and transform a person's character.
8. Interview contemporary explorers and extreme sportsmen as positive role models.
9. Develop an online community of teachers, students, and experts in order to conduct action research on the effects of eco-tourism on the environment.
10. Use our learning community to raise funds for an international charity that works toward preserving unique and beautiful places on Earth.

Calendar of Events
We have created a calendar of events to help you plan to complete this project. On the calendar we have also scheduled online conservations using Elluminate for teachers to get together, talk about the project, voice any questions and concerns, and to help build our community. We will also be offering monthly tutorials on how to use Google Earth. These sessions will be the last Monday of each month at 8 pm EST, excluding holidays. Sessions will be recorded and posted in the session archive on our site. Completion dates provided on the calendar are only suggestions. Schools may enter the project at any time during the year and data may be posted at any time up until May 30th when the project closes for the year.

* Previous project sessions are stored on the "Archives " page of The Networked Learner wiki.

Featured Project - Fall 2008
"River of Doubt" by Candice Millard focuses on an episode in Teddy Roosevelt's search for adventure that nearly came to a disastrous end. A year after Roosevelt lost a third-party bid for the White House in 1912, he decided to chase away his blues by accepting an invitation for a South American trip that quickly evolved into an ill-prepared journey down an unexplored tributary of the Amazon known as the River of Doubt. To learn more about his book or to order it go to Amazon.com. To see more projects done my Mr. Cooper's Outdoor Culture and Technology visit their class page.

Composite Layer
This layer contains all of the layers students have produced over the past 3 years of working with Google Earth. Students of the Walker School use this layer to explore broad themes between various expeditions through time and space, such as leadership, aculturation and issues of equality in the literature.

Getting Started:
If you would like to join our community and have your students participate in our project, click on the Directions page and follow the steps.

Project Support:
Expedition Lit Trips is supported by Google Earth through the donation of free Google Earth Pro licenses for schools that wish to participate in creating a Google Expedition Lit Trip and helping us to raise funds toward the preservation of our ecosystem.

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