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".

2. Join the Whale Rider project space.
2a. In the search string on the homepage you see after you join, type in "whale rider project".
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://whaleriderproject.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 and 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. Join Skype.
3a. Open an internet browser and type in the homepage for Skype: http://www.skype.com
3b. Click the green download button on the home page to begin downloading the software.
3c. Save the file to your computer. I recommend you save it to your desktop.
3d. Double click on the file to start the installation process. Follow the directions in the setup wizard to install the software.
3e. Once it is installed look for the Skype icon on your desktop. Double click on it to open it.
3f. Set up an account in Skype. Remember to write your ID and password down somewhere so you can remember it.
3g. Add the Skype ID's of the other project participants to your contact list in Skype. To do this, open Skype and click on "Contacts" , then click on "Add". Type in the ID displayed on the wiki page under participating schools and click "Find". Locate that person in the list and then click "Add Skype Contact" to add that person to your contact list.
3h. Remember to check the calendar page for our meeting times.

4. Email the project coordinator your intent to participate and your school information.
3a. Email the coordinator (Thomas Cooper) at: coopert@thewalkerschool.org
3b. Include your school information: School Name; School Address; School Website; School Contact; Contact Email; Contact Phone; Course Name; Book Under Consideration, and Number of Licenses Needed (typically 21).
3c. Post this information to the "participating schools" page.

5. Add your contact information to the participating schools page.
5a. Click on the participating school's page.
5b. Click on "Edit this Page".
5c. Type your contact information in the appropriate location.
5d. Notify the project coordinate that you have posted your information and that you need a page created for your school (see step 6).

6. 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.

7. Download the Google Earth software onto your lab's computers:

5a. Open your internet browser.
5b. Copy and paste the following URL into the browsers address bar and then hit enter. http://earth.google.com
5c. Click "Next"
5d. Click "Agree and Download"
5e. Choose the correct version
5f. Download and save the file to where you usually install software (i.e. "Program Files")
5g. The software should start to install automatically.

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.


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