View maps and find local businesses on the web.
|Scooped by Janey Jankelson|
As an introduction to learning about personal and shared responsibilities towards local features and sites, I decided that a Google Maps search would be a useful start for viewing and identifying natural and built up physical features (and making a comparison). Using a Google maps search allows students to zone in and out of Vaucluse/Watsons Bay and experience locations realistically- individually or collaboratively (Turner, 2013). Google Earth/Maps is a fantastic tool for exploring geographical content and communicating ideas to students about place, space and the world thereby providing an opportunity for: “students to learn to identify features, places, sites and environments and develop knowledge of relationships between them” (HSIE syllabus, 2007, pg 11). Students are able to identify the surrounding features and sites within this neighbourhood, as it is a highly accessible visual tool; “inspiring students to investigate the world and think spatially”(Google, 2012). By searching within Google Maps, natural features (such as: a beach or a park) and built features (e.g. a ferry station, heritage houses, playground), students are able to manually navigate with this suburb to locate the local area and features from an aerial or zoomed in perspective. Zooming in (using the ‘Street View’), students can interact with the environment they observe. An assessment idea could be that teachers could list places and using this tool students are required to ‘find and navigate’ for that place. Google Maps enhances a lesson by incorporating the outside world into the classroom, which is stimulating and engaging. Google Maps, too, enables students to interactively journey beyond their local environment incorporating the idea of a bigger world and environment beyond their suburb.
- Turner, M, (2013), Bringing the street into the classroom: A directions lesson with Google Maps, Japan Association for Language Teaching, Retrieved 30/3/14 from http://jalt-publications.org/tlt/departments/myshare/articles/3463-bringing-street-classroom-directions-lesson-google-maps
- Google (2012), Google Maps: Education. Retrieved 30/3/14 from http://maps.google.com/help/education/learn/index.html