Come with me on a journey where we will explore, investigate, manipulate and interact with some familiar and some not so familiar Teacher Delivery Technologies.

On the way ask yourself:-
- how can this tool be used to support what and how students learn?
- does this tool meet individual learning needs?
- does this tool allow student's to develop higher order skills and creativity?

This Blog - Transforming Student Learning aims to comprehensively explore a range of delivery technologies that are presented throughout the FAHE11001 E-Learning courseware. A systematic attempt to develop skills, knowledge and ability that is required to exploit the potential for E-Learning Education will be made evident via regular Blog Posts. To conclude, a reflective synopsis will clearnly indicate which technologies I would use and how I would use them to enhance learning.

Please feel free to be critical of my posts as I work may way through these tools, but be kind as I am only a "Digital Immigrant"! (Prensky, 2001)

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Google Earth

Posted by Wendy Hargreaves at Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Google Earth is absolutely an amazing tool to utilise within the classroom. Davidson a teacher from Discovery Education Network believes "It has been a long time since a technology application got the eye-popping reaction from teachers that Google Earth gets. Inserting videos into PowerPoint was the last comparable roar. Which makes perfect sense. With Google Earth, the earth itself becomes a video. It spins and twirls with an interactive terrain, astonishingly detailed. Kids zoom in on the arena of the Coliseum or the Louisiana river delta. I watched sixth grade California public school teacher Ray Hernandez's students insert a video on the American Revolution from unitedstreaming onto the site at Bunker Hill .

Dennis Wong's 5th graders overlaid their photos onto their family country of origin and created a truly relevant flying world tour. Both exercises created savable files, an incredibly important feature. Ray's kids' work can be shared on the Internet with his Discovery Educator Network nationwide. Mr. Wong's work remains safely accessible only on his hard drive for use all year in his room. Google Earth enables teachers and communities to easily create tremendous collections of work integrating video, 3D buildings, photos, podcasts, or NPR stories . Teacher and students will travel the real earth of explorations, migrations, heroes and history and share new instruction growing on the planet itself. Hall Davidson Director, Discovery Educator Network."

Here are some other ideas for taken from (http://www.google.com/educators/p_earth.html) using Google Earth in your classroom:

How about this: You tube clip of landing on the moon: http://earth.google.com/moon/index.html#utm_campaign=en&utm_medium=earthhpp&utm_source=en-earthhpp-na-us-moon

Another tool that could easily be utilised as an initial tool to engage students in a project based, authentic focus that could occur in a group context/collaborative team - (Kearsley & Schneiderman 1999, p. 1).

2 comments on "Google Earth"

Anonymous said...

Hi Wendy, the old atlas is a thing of the past. Any geography class will improve in leaps and bounds with the inclusion of Google Earth in the learning experience. Another great teacher delivery technology :D

Chloe's Learning Journey on August 25, 2009 at 10:10 AM said...

I agree Google Earth is going to transform geography classes. The possibilitites are endless. I think this tool could be incorporated into any year level.


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