Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Google Earth

'Google Earth lets you fly anywhere on Earth to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings, from galaxies in outer space to the canyons of the ocean. You can explore rich geographical content, save your toured places, and share with others'(Google, 2009).

This is an extraordinary innovation that can have immense benefits to understanding our world and the world around us. Google Earth can be a tool used to encourage a transdisciplinary approach to teaching. Smith, Lynch and Knight (2007, p. 63-64) examine how a transdisciplinary approach to learning has the capacity to deliver meaningful knowledge and expand it. What is more, it has the ability to synthesis new ideas in unfamiliar contexts and create a meaningful learning experience.

Using a variety of KLA's ensures the transdisciplinary approach to learning design. A Learning Manager can design a unit of work that involves;
  • Maths- time differences, sizes of objects and places.
  • SOSE- impact of objects on the Earth, population density, plant life.
  • Art- create images from google and use them in programs such as Picnik.
  • English- Investigating and understanding of literacy terms.
  • Technology- Understanding needs and wants of Google Earth.
  • Science- Tide changes, seasons, weather, space.

Reference List

Google. (2009) Google Earth 5.0. Retrieved August 18, 2009, from

Smith, R., Lynch, D. & Knight, B. (2007). Learning management: Transitioning teachers for national and international change. Frenchs Forest, NSW: Pearson.

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