Sunday, August 16, 2009

Google Earth

What an amazing tool for learning in all areas of education. I have been a user of Google Earth for 2 years now and love it. My children love google sky and spend hours looking at their planets. We can explore the earth, sky and now under the ocean. According to Google Earth (2009) your computer becomes a window to anywhere, allowing you to view high-resolution aerial and satellite imagery, photos, elevation terrain, road and street labels, business listings, and more. Here are five cool things you can do with google earth:
1. View an image of your home, school or any place on Earth
2. Tour the world
3. Get driving directions from one place to another and fly (follow) the route
4. View other cool locations and features created by other Google Earth users
5. View 3D terrain of a place
The possibilities of google earth are endless for the classroom setting. You could use this e-tool in units such as:
Under the Ocean: You can fly and navigate under the ocean and explore underwater terrain. You can also display the ocean surface.
Our place in space: Explore the solar system and planets such as Mars - View imagery and terrain of the red planet. The following YouTube clip gives you a short insight into google sky:

Kearsley and Shneiderman (1998) state "the fundamental idea underlying engagement theory is that students must be meaningfully engaged in learning activities through interaction with others and worthwhile tasks’. They believe that technology such as Google earth can assist engagement in ways which are hard to accomplish otherwise.

Enjoy your flight

Kearsley.G & Shneiderman.B (1998).Engagement Theory:A framework for technology-based teaching and learning. Computer citing 15 August, 2009 from

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