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Get your students eager for an Online Expedition by making an announcement such as:
“Imagine you have a friend on an adventure to [name an exotic or unique place, i.e., camel-riding around Australia or flying a small plane to Antarctica]. What if you could share the expedition by receiving stories, pictures, maps, and information? Even better, what if you and your friend could e-mail questions and answers to each other?”
Your students are interested — now involve them!
Discuss the rewards of traveling to new places, seeing new sights, meeting new people, and making comparisons with our own daily experiences, cultural differences, and similarities. Your students will act like detectives: they will ask questions, gather information, look for facts to support or disprove their assumptions, and provide solid theories or explanations. Emphasize that you have no idea what they may learn — this is not a textbook but a real-life experience occurring in real time. Your students' Expedition will make them much more knowledgeable. Expeditions connect them with geography, history, science, math, language arts, and many other curriculum areas. Students who follow an Expedition learn about far-off places or fascinating concepts. By the end of the Expedition they will be experts enjoying the accomplishment of turning information into knowledge they can convey to others.


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