Directions for completing the Land of Hope project. This page is under construction.

1. Join Wikispaces.

1a. Open your Internet browser.
1b. Go to Wikispaces - http://www.wikispaces.com
1c. Pick a username. My suggestion is to use your school email Username: ex. tcooper66.
1d. Set your password. My suggestion is to use your school password: ex. betsy1022
1e. Enter your email address. My suggestion is to use your school email address, or to use a Gmail account.
1f. You do not need to create a space, as asked in question #4 on Wikispaces. You are going to be joining our project space in the next set of directions.
1g. Click "Join".

If you would like to watch a screencast of how this is done, you can find a link to it on the "Tutorials" page of our parent site, The Networked Learner.

2. Join the Land of Hope project space.

2a. In the search string on the homepage you see after you join, type in "landofhope".
2b. Click on the link for the site.
2c. If this doesn't work for some reason, type the site URL in the browser's address bar: http://landofhope.wikispaces.com
2d. Click "Join this Space" in the left-hand sidebar.
2e. Send the project coordinator a short message letting them know who you are where you teach.
2f. Give the project coordinator at least 24 hours to approve your membership.
2g. Once you are a member, you can post information to the site.

3. Add your contact information to the participating schools page.

3a. Click on the Participating School's page.
3b. Click on "Edit this Page".
3c. Type your contact information in the appropriate location.
3d. Notify the project coordinate that you have posted your information and that you need a page created for your school (see step 6).

4. Email the project coordinator your intent to participate and your school information.

4a. Email the coordinator (Thomas Cooper) at: thomas.cooper@thewalkerschool.org
4b. Include your school information: School Name; School Address; School Website; School Contact; Contact Email; Contact Phone; Course Name; Watershed Under Study; and Proposed Testing Date, Number of Licenses Needed (typically 21).
4c. Post this information to the "Participating Schools" page.

Remember: Each school is typically given 21 licenses; 20 for a school lab and one for the teacher's computer, either in the lab or at home. If you need less or more licenses, please let us know. We will try to accommodate you.

5. Create a class page. (optional)

Each participating school has been given a page where they can upload information about their school and/or class. Creating a page is a great way for other schools to get to know something about your school and your class. It helps to building an online community of trust between us. You can access your page on the "Participationg Schools" page by clicking on the link for your school.

Remember: Do not put up information about students that might compromise their personal security. It is your responsibility to ask administrators, students and parents at your school what your school's Internet policies are and what you can post to the web. It is always a good idea to develop an informed consent document which all parties should sign. Informed consent documents briefly describe the project, inform all involved parties what the information will be used for, and where the information will be stored.

6. Download the Google Earth software onto your lab's computers and register it:


6a. Open your internet browser.
6b. Copy and paste the following URL into the browsers address bar and then hit enter. http://earth.google.com
6c. Click "Download Earth 5.0"
6d. The software should start to install automatically.

Remember: This year we are encouraging participating schools to use the new free version of Google Earth. The new version (Earth 5.0) has all of the functionality you will need to complete the project, including working with GPS devices and animating tours. However, we do have a few Google Earth Pro licenses available for those schools who work with GIS shape files on a regular basis and would like to compare the functionality of ArcGIS with Google Earth Pro. If you would like a lab license of Pro, please contact the project coordinator (Thomas Cooper at: ////thomas.cooper@thewalkerschool.org//// ) to obtain your Google Earth Pro licenses. The software needs to be loaded on each computer. Keys are good for 1 year from the install date. If a computer has to be reimaged, the key is no longer any good. You will need to download another one. Please notify me before you try to download an extra key, so I can keep track of it under my grant.

8. Learn how to use the Google Earth Pro software.


A number of screencasts have been created to help you learn to use Google Earth. These screencasts can be found at this site on the "Tutorials" page. We will also be having monthly tutorials in Ellumiante. You can find times and dates for these sessions in the calendar, or on the main page of the wiki.

9. Upload your pictures.

You will need to upload any images you took during the project to the Interent, in order to embed them in your placemark. You can do this by joining a photosharing site like Flickr or Photobucket.

10. Create a layer with your water data.

A layer consist of one or more placemarks containing information about the migration you studied. Your migration could deal with one of the text on the book page, or your could have your students do interviews of personal migrations. You are welcome to use our placemark template, which can be found on the "Documents" page, or create one on your own. A number of screencasts have been created to help you learn to use Google Earth and to create placemarks. These screencasts can be found at this site on the "Tutorials" page. If you use the project template (which we prefer to maintain a common theme), we have provided you a guide to explain some of the basic XHTML used in the template and show you where to substitute our placeholder text. and images with your own information. Each placemark should however use the specialized icon for this project, which can also be found on the documents page. Also, please create a folder with your school name, location, and time of year (ex. The Walker School, Marietta, GA - Spring 2009), then put any placemarks you created in that folder before exporting your layer. This will make it easier for us to compile the composite layer, which will consist of a series of school folders with any placemarks you created inside of those folders.