Cross-Curricular and Across the World with Google Earth
Cindy Lane, Lindbergh School District, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in San Antonio, Texas, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-61-7 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Google Earth is an excellent tool for schools to teach all content areas, as well as imbed videos and images from unitedstreaming to further enhance these areas! You can also create cross curricular lessons- for example, investigating tectonic plates and measuring their dimensions. Examples of practical uses include: Earth Science: mountains, volcanoes, glaciers, weather patterns; History: Visit the sites of famous battles; Literature: Visit the sites of famous novels, settings and authors; Math: Measure distances and areas, determine travel time, study angles and intersecting lines; World languages: visit the landmarks and cities of foreign countries; Geography: see the cities, countries and geographic features of the world; Civics: learn about the layout and businesses of your hometown. This workshop will enhance your curriculum with good uses of Google Earth for your classroom as well as a brief overview of the geometry tool, Sketchup, where students can create 3D models and imbed them inside Google Earth.
Lane, C. (2007). Cross-Curricular and Across the World with Google Earth. In R. Carlsen, K. McFerrin, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2007--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (p. 1312). San Antonio, Texas, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).