If you read my “About me” page, you would have noticed that I am interested in using Google Earth in my teaching. As a Mathematics teacher, so far it has been limited to where certain Mathematicians lived, worked etc. Lots of ideas for other people’s classes that I’ll share one day as I continue to create new blog entries.
But today, I read Jeff Utecht‘s blog and how his Grade 5 class has made a fun and exciting project based on “The Amazing Race”. As Jeff wrote:
Basically the 5th grade teachers wanted to do an Amazing Race theme and have the students plot on a map 7 different countries they wanted to visit. The students then had to research the different countries and find facts about them. Then they had to choose two cities within each country to have their ‘contestents’ visit within those countries.
Instead of using a map on paper we took the project to Google Earth and had the students each make their own Google Earth file with their country information.
Fascinating concept and the way to go! (excuse the pun). This concept obviously works at Primary school classes as demonstrated here, but can just as easily be used in:
- Science classes to track where migratory animals move to and from (doesn’t have to be cities),
- History classes to track how armies swept across a continent or where battles were fought
- Literature classes where characters move from place to place (did you know someone in the Google Earth Community has plotted all of the places Shakespeare wrote about – I think a great resource for teachers and students)
A colleague recently asked me to assist the Year 7 students with mapping where they, their parents and grand-parents were born. All of the placemarks were saved in one folder with custom made icons used to represent paternal and maternal family members. These were then uploaded on one computer. While not quite finished, it looks to be an amazing collection of data that shows where our students and their families have come from before settling in Australia. Perhaps it will turn into an annual project for our Year 7 students. Who knows?
Any other suggestions out there for Google Earth projects?