Wow! What a tool!
When teaching reading to the higher grades
you often find that the students can read all the words esp place names but if
you question them on where the place is a teachable moment arises.
a big believer in the Reciprocal Reading Strategy with the older grades. So often
you hear this tired cliché that from 'K-2 they learn to read and from Yr3
to 6 they read to learn'. After teaching nearly 500 students in my time, I am
yet to see one that does not benefit from instruction. If you ask them to use
an atlas you are often greeted by a collective groan.
integration into the Wikipedia - links directly from a feature or location on
the earth to the corresponding article.
- fly to mode is cool
- the new
seamless interface is much nicer
- 3D city overlays
I can see my house from here! - Let them try to find where they live. Everyone
I have every shown this program wants to see if they can find their house. Just
let them and then get on with using Google Earth as a tool.
* Turn on 'Google
Community' to find...
* use the tilt function for a more realistic view
find some kml files to overlay - realtime airport data - how high etc a particular
- look for places in novels and information texts
- see where
key battles of history were fought
- look for volcanos, mountains, waterfalls,
national landmarks e.g. The Grand Canyon,Ularoo (Ayres Rock) The Sydney Opera
Download it and have a play
Language Arts Software