Practical skills course for using Google Earth as an educational tool

The one-day Google Earth training course was developed by Digital Explorer in partnership with Google, for a UK roadshow of teacher workshops over 2007-09. It came about to demonstrate how Google Earth can be used to complement and advance taught topics, to increase teacher skill and confidence in using it, and to provide an engaging and exciting element to fieldwork for pupils.

600 teachers and educators were trained over the two-year period; in post-training research, 80% responded that its use enhanced pupil motivation and engagement.

The content of the course and accompanying manuals demonstrate how real-world fieldwork and observations can be combined with tech tools for greater benefit, and give you the know-how and gumption to return to your classes and begin implementing what you’ve learnt.

The video below demonstrates how teachers and expedition organisations can create virtual fieldwork using Google Earth. This video shows highlights from the Google Earth teacher training workshops run by Digital Explorer and the Royal Geographical Society.

Course details:

  • Suitable for Geography teachers (and related subjects) at Key Stages 2, 3 and 4 and higher education
  • Suitable for complete beginners to Google Earth, as well as intermediate users wanting tips/advice on using it in an educational setting
  • Hands-on and practical, combining outdoor and indoor working
  • Supports schools to fulfil GIS requirements
  • Supports teaching to a high standard
  • Location – within the UK, at a location to suit you
  • Cost – £600 for up to 20 participants (£30 each!) for one full day, 9-5

If you’re interested in arranging or participating in a session, do contact us. Sessions run on demand so we welcome expressions of interest!

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