Not only is this an amazing tool for everyday technology users, but it also contains some exceptional educational qualities.
- Students can locate major cities and landmarks.
- Students can develop a concept of the entities of the world (percentage of water to land).
- Students can learn to use latitude and longitude navigation's.
- Students can find directions and measurements between landmarks in their local areas.
- Using Google Earth geographic browser students can look up world oil consumption, current Arctic sea ice concentrations, and sea surface temperatures.
The learning opportunities presented in this small list of examples is enormous. SOSE and Science lessons can be transformed into real life situations and simulations. Using Google Earth can thus increases the authenticity and richness of any task. Not only will students be engaged in their learning but they will be intrinsically motivated to learn. Google Earth requires students to be active participants in their own learning. This is important because "active learning leads to effective and efficient teaching and learning" (ACU 2000). Google earth is a very effective learning tool. This is proven by looking at Dale's Cone(ACU200). Google Earth as a learning tool can be placed at the bottom of the cone under a direct, purposeful experience.
- Google. (2009). Google Earth. Retrieved August 10, 2009, from http://earth.google.com/
- ACU. (2000). Why choose active learning? Retrieved August 10, 2009, from http://www.acu.edu/cte/activelearning/whyuseal2.htm