One of the things that makes Google Earth so fantastic for Education is it’s popularity. People are always putting new features into Google Earth that help teaching more fun and authentic for our students.
The newest feature I want to mention is the Map Tracking the Olympic Torch. http://maps.google.com/help/maps/torchrelay/ You’ll be able to see pictures of prominent places around the world as you track the torch. I’m sure your students would find this interesting.
To use in your Google earth follow the link above and thin click the blue link below the map that says, “Track the Torch in Google Earth.”
Extend the Learning Ideas:
* If you are teaching maps, Google earth provides the coordinances that you can use to teach latitude and longitude.
* Students can learn about other cultures. Do you have any students that are from the cities that the torch will be visiting? Today the torch is in the city of Muscat. According the information found in Google Earth Muscat is the capital and largest city of the Sultanate of Oman. The pictures of the other cultures are phenomenal that you’ll find as you track the torch.
* You can use the maps and calculate the distance that the torch has traveled and will travel.
* You could have your students write about their favorite Olympic events, countries that will be participating in the Olympics, or even differences that they find between cultures.
The integration possibilities are endless as you open your minds to this great tool! Leave a comment letting me and others know how you used the Tracking of the Torch for Education!
This morning as I was reading a blog post I ended up linked to www.realworldmath.org. RWM is a new website that “is designed for educators who wish to extend the concepts of the math curriculum beyond the pages of the text.” Thomas Petra, creator of realworldmath.org, uses Google Earth to teach Math concepts, and he is sharing his ideas and lessons with us. He has also opened up the doors to allow fellow teachers to contribute to the site with other Google Earth Math Lessons. I really thing Thomas is on to something here. You’ll find under the Lessons page 4 categories of lessons, and on the updates page he has two more categories. So, be sure to check out the whole site!
This site is only one day old, but I expect to see lots of great things coming from this! Get the word out by sharing with your teachers. We can all use new ideas for teaching Math.
If you don’t find a lesson here that you can use, I’m sure you’ll get ideas for your classroom.