Monday, November 30, 2009

Google Earth .... -0'0- How you see it...

Don’t you hate it when you going somewhere and you can’t read the map? (Googly eyes!) Some of you can relate to this…age! So forget atlases and maps - they are old school! 'Sharon's Blog' made me so excited so much resources out there to use for Science and Math.
If we go with Maths, for example, Google Earth could well be a nominated Learning Resource when creating a maths Measurement and Space Investigation using the ICT Learning Design Framework (Oliver, 1999). The Learning Task, being problem-based, would require learners to plan a trip, including the route to take and the timetable or itinerary. It is possible for this to be a solely ICT driven Investigation, with Google Earth as the main tool used by children.

It could even allow learners to give directions to an unfamiliar destination, including the use of street names and land marks thanks to the technology.
Its limitless.What do you think?


Oliver, R. (1999). Exploring strategies for online teaching and learning. Distance Education, 20(2), 240-254.


  1. Hi Mary-Ann,
    I am flattered that you found my blog helpful. I do agree that with a little imagination 'Google Earth' has almost unlimited application in the classroom.

    Most teachers I talk to though complain about the speed of Google Earth in schools. They say that it seems to work faster on non-education computers. I think that is the bandwidth issue rearing its head again. It will be interesting to see if this improves.

    Warm regards,

  2. Amazing tools! I enjoy to look "Goolgle Earth" with my daughter and we learn so much every day. Interesting case study I read from Goodchild (2008) stated 'Google Earth meets what might be termed the child-often
    standard of user interface design: a child of ten can learn to do something
    useful with it in ten minutes'. I agree that Google Earth is the limitless software.

    Goodchild,MF. 2008. The use cases of digital earth.p.8. from