A Virtual Field Trip with Google Earth and DE Streaming: Dawn Berkeley #SSDOD2011

Dawn Berkeley, DEN MD Leadership Council Blog Member, has graciously shared her resources.

Dawn’s Symbaloo aggregating Google Earth resources can be found here.

Dawn’s Google Earth Tour can be accessed here.

An educator in the Prince George’s County Public Schools, Dawn Berkeley engages her students in many eco-green preservation projects. Teach, lead, and inspire drive educational planning, and Dawn began with images of who she serves: her children. Her students love working with Google Earth because it is a powerful application and great engagement tool for environmental science. It inspires communication, problem-solving skills, critical thinking, team building, and analysis and synthesis.

Beginning with building out a Google Earth field trip, Dawn begins with an introduction in GE for the project description. Then she takes them on a real field trip, returns to the classroom, and begins the analysis and synthesis of the collected data with debriefing, defining, reviewing, and viewing historical footage. What happened on the terra firma they just explored. These clips are embedded in GE. Then they answer a series of questions. Dawn likes everything in one place, so she doesn’t link out. After using GPS devices to get to a location, students photograph locations and then upload them to GE. Since their topic was a local watershed, they also had to explore how this place moves from local to global impact.

To build your project, you use the bookmark tool, but Dawn recommends that you use the historical imagery tool, an often ignored tool. From working in a local area, she moves on GE to Redonia, Brazil, where you find a fishbone effect from felling trees. Students can choose the time feature and rewind to 1975 and play GE to view how Redonia looked before fishboning. A great compare/contrast tool.

Location, location, location is everything. To create a folder, right click on your location and click Add, and the folder to create a new folder. Then you create placemarks with the push pin or right click and insert a placemark. A dialog box then pops up, and you use some html code in the box either to hyperlink or provide other features in the discussion box. Anything you can embed goes in this box for any placemark you create and you can customize your placemark.

When you use the code, copy it, and then if, for example, you want an image, remove the “imageurl” language from the code and then insert the url link between the quotation marks. The image appears. Working from DE Streaming is wonderful.

Dawn downloads videos from DE Streaming to her computer desktop and then uploads it to Media Share. Then, you grab the embeddable code from Media Share and insert it into Google Earth by pasting the code into the description box. Dawn recommends that we always use code not links because linking adds an unnecessary layer students do not need. With code, students can view in real time.

The final piece and the most important is assessment. Using your Builder Tools, you can use preloaded assessments, add a writing prompt, and create a quiz. The culminating project for Dawn’s GE Tour (which takes several days) is to use President Obama’s sustainability speech, added to the builder, and then she grabs the code and puts it into GE. Again, everything is one place. She puts the speech back in “home” and then links out (the only link she uses) back to her DE Builder. So, students read the speech in GE but link out to the DE Builder for the final assessment, a writing piece, in the Builder. Dawn encourages and allows redrafting but the finished product is shared out to her in the Builder.

Dawn noted that creating an artifact like this GE Tour takes time but you have it for re-use, and it is easily modified. She ended her presentation by asking us to text her with our assessment of what we learned. I think it’s safe to say that this presentation was engaging, impressive, and enabling. You could leave this session knowing that you and your students could begin a GE Tour using Discovery Streaming resources.


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  1. Dawn Berkeley said:

    Thanks so much to Ms. Stangherlin and to all the other STAR educators/DEN Members for attending my session on how Google Earth can be used as a powerful tool to engage our 21st century learners… YOU GUYS ROCK!!!!!

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