Teacher Review for Google Earth

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Joseph B.
Classroom teacher
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My Subjects English Language Arts
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Further application
Knowledge gain
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
How I Use It
Whenever teaching about a location, whether reading about it in a novel or in a history text book, its great to see a real life version of that place. This tool gives the students that ability to go find those places. Best of all its simple application allows students to easily further explore and contextualize that road, place, region. Students often find this app addicting, so beware!
My Take
I think this tool is great with a variety of students. It helps you contextualize places that seem very far away. The best part is that once you show them this tool they will use it to find other places that you mention in your lessons. I use this on the first short story I teach every year and after that we are off to London or Lagos or Tokyo depending on the setting of the other stories we read. Its great at opening up the world in that way. I guess my only fault would be that it is not very good at giving any more background information than the images of that place and as we all know sometimes images are deceiving and certainly do not tell the whole story.