Supporting teachers with tech tools to engage, inspire and improve learning

Digital Explorer has established a tech channel to support teachers to integrate technological tools or projects into lessons. Our aim isn’t to replace real fieldwork or outdoor learning with virtual, but to demonstrate how they can complement one another. The channel contains free resources as well as training opportunities to help bring the world closer:

  • Survey and map the school grounds; present findings to school management and work together to find solutions to issues
  • Learn how to create spatial mapping to demonstrate issues in your own area, such as sea level rise, temperature gradients, bands and boundaries of tree and animal species etc.
  • Explore areas with your pupils that would be impossible otherwise – discover who and what lives in Antarctica, how urban land use is changing in Marrakesh, or plan an emergency response plan for San Francisco as a hazard assessment for earthquakes
  • Get a heads up on what’s going on with tech projects focussed on young people

Recognising that lack of confidence in using such tools often presents a barrier for teachers, we have produced a set of simple ‘how-to’ skill sheets for Google Earth. Given half an hour, you’ll hopefully have a much better idea of how to introduce such tools into your lessons.

If you have more than half an hour and fancy learning about Google Earth in more depth, download the manuals and have a look at our training page. The one-day course is very hands-on, combining outdoor and indoor working, and will provide a very sound base in navigating what it offers as an educational tool.

Superb! Very informative. Practical, useful skills that can be used at all key stages – the best INSET I have been on in years.
Course participant, Newcastle

The training was developed in partnership with Google, and Digital Explorer subsequently created and ran a roadshow of workshops around the UK on their behalf from 2007-2009. This channel runs in parallel to Google’s own resources, with their support.

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