We are exploring, looking, and playing… Glenn is letting me record and share his session later as a podcast, so these are not complete notes! We first did a “Crack the Code” activity. In groups we were given a worksheet with latitude and longitude coordinates, and the number of letters for the city or town which corresponded to that location. We were then to write down the first letter of that city, and repeat for the rest of the coordinates. Our scenario was: “The thieves who broke into the Royal Geographic Society left behind this code. (as a bonus clue, we’ve added the number of letters in each city’s name.) First letters from each place-name read. Spell out the town and come with speed.”
Google Earth empowers learners to extend their spatial thinking beyond two dimensions- typically teachers and students think of maps as 2D documents we put on the wall and copy onto worksheets- with the layers you can turn on and off, and the navigational possibilities of Google Earth, learners are invited to explore and experience geography in three dimensions in powerful ways.
National Geographic Xpeditions has great geography activities. These are not necessarily tied directly to Google Earth, but Google Earth can be used as the map tool / interface to explore and complete these activities
Alexander (my 10 year old) has been exploring Google Sky within Google Earth during this workshop- once you are in Google Sky, to go back to Google Earth you can select the VIEW menu and SWITCH TO EARTH
Google Earth Gallery includes tons of tours which other people have created and you can utilize individually or with students
Google Earth Hacks has great links to Google Earth too
I THINK IT WOULD BE GREAT TO OFFER A WEEK LONG TEACHER ACADEMY ON JUST GOOGLE EARTH: DOING ACTIVITIES AND LESSONS IN GOOGLE EARTH WITH EACH OTHER, HAVING FUN, etc.
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