Google Earth and Google Maps
When I think about technology…
–fundament literacy, understanding place in Geography is more important now than ten-fifteen years ago
–added value, the question is why are students still coloring map when the technology exists
— Framed within a proper pedagogy, have to give students fifteen minutes to play (gets it out of the way)
–How do we know it works?, How does the technology extend the learning?
I’ve got questions…
Can every discipline be studied within a geographical context?
–my response as an English teacher is yes. This is something I do not do enough. Historical and spacial context is important when reading literature. Where is this story and why are we reading it? Let’s go to the map and find out.
How will you help students make meaning of visual data?
How does this change teaching and learning?
–Using Google Map that shows location of fires and the location of buidings and key landmarks within proximity of these fires
Can you build maps in Google Map
–Yes, but you need a log-in to do so. This limits some schools, mine included.
–Teachers can create maps in Google Maps and then export these to Google Earth
—-right click on KML file and save to export for student use
–What is the difference between maps in Google Earth v. Google Maps, question by Wesley Fryer
—-can overcome the limits of log-ins for Google. Google Earth runs independently on each machine
—-Google Maps does not require knowledge of html
—-Google Earth requires some knowledge of importing file type
Google Maps access to
Maplets, Street View, Profile Page
–file type that Google Earth reads
–read time cloud feeds, just saw a hurricane forming in the Atlantic Oceans
–last year a student and I watch plane landings, delayed time, on my SMART Board during his free period. Yes that was killing the bandwidth at my school, but on a SMART Board it was cool to watch
–I have view Hiroshima bombing and D-Day invasion using overlays, talk about the power of visual aide with literature.
–narrate voice tours, embed web 2.0 elements into Earth,
–several Social Studies and Literature ideas come to mind
–Google Earth, go to Add Content tab on right
–virtue tours of constellations, great science idea
–embed PowerPoint via SlideShare into Google Earth
–see Media File Support heading on Dave’s wiki
Grapes of Wrath
–This teacher created tour provides a ridiculous amount of images, text, and spacial learning to accompany the text.
Best Places for Resources
–Google Earth Blog
–Google Earth Lessons
Links to all above on David’s wiki site
Brain overload. Glad I have a three hour drive and a free weekend to sort things out. Last year we had David Rumsey Keynote our GeoTech conference. He show his historical map collection and showed how to use similar tools. Great stuff