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Timothy S. Hare & Christine E. McMichael Kentucky Center for Geospatial Education, Research, & Outreach Institute for Regional Analysis & Public Policy Morehead State University [email protected] [email protected] Online GeoTools to Enhance Science & Math Education.

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Timothy S. Hare & Christine E. McMichael

Kentucky Center for Geospatial Education, Research, & Outreach

Institute for Regional Analysis & Public Policy

Morehead State University

[email protected]@moreheadstate.edu

Online GeoTools to Enhance Science & Math Education


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Activity Outline (~120 minutes)

  • What tools are available?

  • GeoTool Demonstrations

    • Google Earth & Commonwealth Map

  • Hands-on Activities

  • Science Data Demonstrations

  • Hands-on Activities

  • Online Support for GeoTools


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Free Multimedia Ways to Explore…

  • Kentucky

  • Commonwealth Map

  • Static Web Sites

    • Where Storms Are Worsening

    • Global Warming Art

    • World Atlas of Flooded Lands

    • Interactive Climate Map

    • World

      • Google Earth

      • Virtual Earth

      • National Geographic Map Machine

      • UN Environmental Knowledge for Change

    • US

      • Wetlands Mapper

      • Historical Hurricane Tracks



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    Google Earth

    • Free

    • Must be installed on computer

    • Compatibility

      • Windows

      • Mac

    • Details

      • Interactive web mapping of the Earth & sky

      • Very popular with kids

      • Numerous educational materials available


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    Google Earth Demonstration

    • Main Interface

    • Address locations

    • Built-in modules

    • Add-in modules


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    Activity

    Getting Acquainted with Google Earth


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    Activity Tasks - Open Google Earth

    • Locate your study area (home & school)

    • Measure length of your route between home & school(Ruler icon/path)

    • Create a path between home & school (Path icon) & customize color & width

    • Add Placemarks for key locations (Placemark icon)

    • Draw outlines of some buildings (Polygon icon)

    • Save Path, Placemarks, & buildings to kml


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    More advanced tasks

    • Create a web site and embed your maps

    • Geotag photos

    • Show pictures & graphs in GE & GM

    • Create 3D buildings


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    Google Earth (GE) Resources

    • Downloading Google Earth

    • Google Earth User Guide

    • Google Earth Outreach

    • Google for Educators

    • Google Earth Galleries

      • Main Gallery

      • Outreach Gallery

        Additional Resources

    • User Forums

    • Google Earth Blog

    • Google Maps Mania


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    How to integrate these tools into your classroom…

    • As classroom demonstrations

    • As supplemental/supporting material for prepared subjects

    • Building hands-on student activities

    • To support individual student projects

    • Class projects

      • E.g., collecting community data & creating web maps


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    As classroom demonstrations

    • Where are the wetlands in your community?

    • Have hurricanes ever affected Kentucky?

    • What is the effect of global warming?

    • What areas are affected most by flooding?

    • What areas are running out of clean water?


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    As stand-alone activities

    • Targeting content standards

      • Environment & wetlands

      • Social Studies

      • Math

      • Geography

      • Economics

      • History


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    Benefits

    • Free

    • Easy to use

    • Hands-on activities

    • Depth of knowledge & understanding

    • Gee-Whiz affect for students


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    Supplementary Data for GE

    • Wetlands

    • Satellite Images

    • Geology

    • Other Green Initiatives

    • Energy

    • Coal


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    Activity

    Designing a class activity using Google Earth


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    Activity – Design Classroom activities

    • Choose a class topic

    • Locate a related GE resource

    • Outline a student activity that uses the selected GE resource to help students understand the topic

    • Prepare a short explanation of your activity to the class


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    Online Materials

    • All associated resource can be downloaded from the Internet at: http://www.kcgero.org/ksta08


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    Timothy S. Hare & Christine McMichael

    Kentucky Center for Geospatial Education, Research, & Outreach

    IRAPP, Morehead State University

    100D Lloyd Cassity Building

    [email protected]

    606-783-9436

    Thank You


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    Institute for Regional Analysis and Public Policy

    (IRAPP)

    Center of Excellence, MSU

    AKentucky Program of Distinction

    http://irapp.morehead-st.edu


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