How often have you drifted away to some exotic island in the middle of the school day?!? Well, capture that and transform it to a "teachable moment" with Google Earth. I had the opportunity to demo this GREAT FREE DOWNLOAD with DEN member Ray’s 5th graders. I loved watching their expressions as slowly, but surely we zoomed down into Asia. Occasionally, I would stop the zoom and remind them of what elevation we were at and ask them what they could identify from this height. At first it was only continents and oceans, but it didn’t take us long to be able to see mountain ranges, vegetation, deserts, etc. Suddenly, we could make out the first building. Hovering over Asia and a pretty high distance, I asked the students if they could guess what that building was. One student said an airport. Interesting I thought… and would you believe that as we zoomed in closer we could actually see the planes pulled into the gates?!?!
There are so many teachable applications for this great resource. Stay tuned as 10 DEN members from 10 different states create fly by tours of the 50 states to be displayed and shared on our DEN website.
If you missed John Kuglin’s PHENOMENAL webinar on how to use unitedstreaming with Google, please visit our archived version by going to the link listed below. The password to access the recorded session is discovery. Note that your computer may need to download a quick plug-in so that you can view the recording file type. Thanks again to John for getting us all Googley 🙂
How are you using Google Earth?!?