GOOGLE EARTH BASICS
NO. OF CREDITS:
2 QUARTER CREDITS
[semester equivalent = 1.33 credits]
|WA CLOCK HRS:
Google Earth is a free, revolutionary computer application with tremendous potential in K-12 education. It features satellite imagery of the entire Earth, and has great potential to expand our students' global awareness. Google Earth can readily be used to enhance the curriculum at all grade levels, and in all subjects, including math, science, social studies, and language arts. Examples of activities that can be pursued with Google Earth include: identify and explore major river deltas, research the effects of planetary overpopulation, study Greek and Roman history, explore Earth's weather, earthquake activity, and volcanoes. In this introductory course you will learn navigational basics and how to customize Google Earth for use in your classroom.
LEARNING OUTCOMES: Upon completion of this course, participants will have:
Completion of all specified assignments is required for issuance of hours or credit. The Heritage Institute does not award partial credit.
Completing the basic assignments (Section A. Information Acquisition) for this course automatically earns participant’s their choice of CEUs (Continuing Education Units), or Washington State Clock Hours or Oregon PDUs. The Heritage Institute offers CEUs and is an approved provider of Washington State Clock Hours and Oregon PDUs.
UNIVERSITY QUARTER CREDIT INFORMATION
REQUIREMENTS FOR UNIVERSITY QUARTER CREDIT
Continuing Education Quarter credits are awarded by Antioch University Seattle (AUS). AUS requires 75% or better for credit at the 400 level and 85% or better to issue credit at the 500 level. These criteria refer both to the amount and quality of work submitted.
CREDIT/NO CREDIT (No Letter Grades or Numeric Equivalents on Transcripts)
Antioch University Seattle (AUS) Continuing Education Quarter credit is offered on a Credit/No Credit basis; neither letter grades nor numeric equivalents are on a transcript. 400 level credit is equal to a "C" or better, 500 level credit is equal to a "B" or better. This information is on the back of the transcript.
AUS Continuing Education quarter credits may or may not be accepted into degree programs. Prior to registering determine with your district personnel, department head or state education office the acceptability of these credits for your purpose.
ADDITIONAL COURSE INFORMATION
There are no required texts. Google Earth contains an accompanying User Guide that will provide participants with a thorough reference document that will allow you to learn the program's basic and intermediate features.
Supplementary information regarding Google Earth is available both on the internet, and in printed format. These resources can easily be found using a search engine, or by searching book vendors such as Amazon.com.
None. All reading is online.
Free resources online
ASSIGNMENTS REQUIRED FOR HOURS OR UNIVERSITY QUARTER CREDIT
A. INFORMATION ACQUISITION
Assignments done in a course forum will show responses from all educators active in the course. Feel free to read and respond to others comments.
Assignment #1: Assignment:1 Download Google Earth To Your PC
Download Google Earth to your PC and open Google Earth
Assignment #2: Exploring the Google Earth Menu & Tools
Open the Google Earth program.
Submit to your instructor
Assignment #3: Search, Places & Layers
The Panes: Search, Places, Layers
Google Earth has 3 panes that appear on the left side of the screen, titled SEARCH, PLACES, LAYERS. In this assignment please explore the purpose and uses of each of these panes, and any components that appear within the 3 individual panes. Note that the individual components within these 3 panes may need to be expanded by clicking on the "+" symbol.
Submit to your instructor – using the Online Response box – the following:
Assignment #4: Focus On The Layers Pane
The Google Earth Gallery
In the previous assignment, you explored three components of the LAYERS Pane –namely WEATHER, ROADS, and BORDERS AND LABELS. Please examine the other components of the LAYERS pane, so as to familiarize yourself with them, and to discover components that may be useful in your classroom.? You will likely discover that the usefulness and quality of the various components will vary greatly, so you will need to search for items that are of interest to you, and that you may find useful on your classroom. It is recommended that you specifically explore the "Gallery" and the "Global Awareness" sections.
Submit to your instructor
From your exploration of the remainder of the LAYERS pane, write a description of three of the components, and describe how they could be used in your classroom.
Assignment #5: Navigation Techniques
Navigating in Google Earth; Vertical Exaggeration
Assignment #6: Google Earth Flight Simulator
Finding Places, Directions, Flight Simulator
Use the HELP RESOURCES to learn the various ways to use the SEARCH pane, specifically:
In the SEARCH Pane:
Use the GET DIRECTIONS feature to get driving directions between 2 locations of your choosing.
After getting your directions, learn how to play an animation of your driving route. This may require a search in the HELP RESOURCES.
From the TOOLS menu, choose ENTER FLIGHT SIMULATOR:
Teach yourself how to fly either an F-16 fighter, or an SR22 general aviation aircraft. For an added challenge, try landing the aircraft, and flying through the Grand Canyon. You can control the aircraft with either a joystick or the numeric keypad on your keyboard.
NOTE: A web search will provide instructions on using the keypad for aircraft control.
Submit to your instructor the following:
A one-page response discussing how each of the above 3 features that you’ve investigated could be useful in your classroom.
Assignment #7: Marking Places “Placemarks”
A powerful feature of Google Earth is the ability for you to create a personal database of places of interest. With this feature you can easily return to locations that you have identified during previous Google Earth sessions, with the ability to store these locations and turn on and off the display of any or all of such places of interest. From HELP RESOURCES search for and read the information and instructions on “Marking Places” – where you will learn to create and save PLACEMARKS. Please spend some time on how to work with and manage PLACEMARKS. Pay particular attention to the techniques for the following three items:
Submit to your instructor the following:
ADDITIONAL ASSIGNMENTS REQUIRED FOR UNIVERSITY QUARTER CREDIT
B. LEARNING APPLICATION
In this section you will apply your learning to your professional situation. This course assumes that most participants are classroom teachers who have access to students. If you do not have a classroom available to you, please contact the instructor for course modifications. Assignments done in a course forum will show responses from all educators active in the course. Feel free to read and respond to others comments.
Assignment #8: Employing Google Earth in Your Classroom
In this assignment, you will apply your Google Earth skills to create a Google Earth-based thematic teaching unit for this topic that you will use in your classroom.
There are two options available:
Embark upon an exploration of Earth’s major river deltas by using both Google Earth and Internet searches to learn about deltas in general, and about specific deltas mentioned below.
Assignment #9: (500 Level ONLY)
Create a Google Earth based exploratory project for your students, in which you will direct their learning activities as they explore a current environmental issue. Suggested topics could include: Clear-cutting of the Amazon Rainforest, Melting Icecaps, Climate Change, Urban Sprawl, Endangered Species, Threatened Oceans, etc. The project should involve internet research by students, and then the application of their research with Google Earth.
Submit the following to your instructor, as a WORD document, which you can upload in the online assignment response box using the “Share A File” option:
C. INTEGRATION PAPER
Assignment #10: (Required for 400 and 500 Level)
SELF REFLECTION & INTEGRATION PAPER
(Please do not write this paper until you've completed all of your other assignments)
Write a 350-500 word Integration Paper answering these 5 questions:
INSTRUCTOR COMMENTS ON YOUR WORK:
Please indicate by email to the instructor if you would like to receive comments on your assignments.
QUALIFICATIONS FOR TEACHING THIS COURSE:
Glenn Monahan, B.S.: BS. in Geology from Montana State University ; junior high earth science teacher for 15 years; park ranger in Yellowstone for 5 years; member Geological Society of America. Glenn's interests include outdoor activities, natural and human history, mapping and remote sensing, and advocating for wild places and wildlife.
Nancy Schultz, M.Ed.: Elementary teacher and reading specialist for 30 years; park ranger in Mt. Rainier N.P. Nancy is an outdoor enthusiast. She has interests in sustainability; she is involved as an advocate for native wildlife in the Northern Rocky Mountain bioregion.
Both instructors have been teaching for The Heritage Institute since 1992. They live in Bozeman, Montana in a home with a 2400 watt photovoltaic solar system, and a 1600 square foot solar hot water system.
GOOGLE EARTH BASICS
Creative Commons 26 Interesting Ways to Use Google Earth in the Classroom http://googleearthgoods.pbworks.com/w/page/15008577/FrontPage This is a good website to quickly learn some of the ways that Google Earth can be used in the classroom, and can get you thinking about ways that the program can be applied to your curriculum.
Carelton College, Teaching With Google Earth http://serc.carleton.edu/sp/library/google_earth/index.html A website from Carleton College Department of Education, with emphasis on using Google Earth to teach Geosciences.
Science Education ResourceCenter at Carelton College, Pedagogy in Action: How to Teach with Google Earth http://serc.carleton.edu/sp/library/google_earth/how.html Carelton College has made a robust committment to promote the use of Google Earth as a K-12 teaching/learning tool. This website, which focuses on science education, is an excellent resource, with abundant links to a wealth of ideas for educators who wish to utilize Google Earth in their classrooms.
National Social Science Association, Taking Student Learning Out of This World: Integrating Google Earth in the Elementary Classroom, http://www.nssa.us/tech_journal/volume_1-2/vol1-2_article5.htm, The purpose of this article is to discuss the usefulness of Google Earth as an educational tool in the elementary classroom curriculum.