Friday, January 30, 2009

Google Earth Thoughts from LisaMarie

From Lisa Cheney-Steen: I know many of you are using interesting new (or old) technologies to help facilitate your courses. I'd like to use this blog to share some of the exciting things many of you are doing. Feel free to send me a post on something you see that is fun and helps learning. Here's some information from Lisa Marie Johnson:

The first distance course I was involved in used multi-way satellite television broadcasts, which allowed students to attend from a distance and everyone on-site and at a distance to interact through video. Today, with multi-user conferencing options, such as Elluminate, and virtual worlds, such as Second Life, options abound for this sort of in-class synchronous interaction.

What stood out most in that early distance course was not the marvelous ability to interact across such great distances, but rather the detail possible with the news-quality camera we used to broadcast the artifacts from the anthropology "bones lab". Students on-site consistently remarked how they preferred to view the materials using the screen rather than with the naked eye. Today, I was reminded of those comments.

Google Earth is what reminded me. In particular, Google Earth's new project to bring art to the masses Using the zoom function, great works of art can be seen with unprecedented detail. This is but one of the many great uses of Google Earth for personal and class-related learning. Learn more about Google Earth and educational uses from for Geology, Math, Literature, Biology, and more from the Google Earth Educators page.

Lisa Cheney-Steen

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