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.
Google. (2009) Google Earth 5.0. Retrieved August 18, 2009, from http://earth.google.com/
Smith, R., Lynch, D. & Knight, B. (2007). Learning management: Transitioning teachers for national and international change. Frenchs Forest, NSW: Pearson.