Google Earth goes to Wales

The first in a series of 10 UK workshops supported by Google took place on Monday 12 November in Swansea. Jamie Buchanan-Dunlop was joined by 12 educators from South Wales to learn how to create virtual fieldwork using Google Earth.

It was great to be on the road and bringing this kind of training to educators who cannot get up to the courses in London. Duncan Hawley (Geography PGCE tutor at the Swansea Institute of Higher Education) was our host for the day, and made the excellent point of developing a deeper pedagogy for the work. Based on his feedback, we will look to develop a deeper range of links and resources on Digital Explorer’s Google Earth pages and host an online forum where educators from all over the UK will be able to discuss how they are applying the methodology in their classrooms and in the field.

For details on future roadshow courses visit the Royal Geographical Society website.

The courses are supported by Google and run in partnership with the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG). Digital Explorer has received generous sponsorship from Garmin and Olympus in providing equipment.

Free Google Earth courses

Digital Explorer will be running ten free Google Earth courses for key influencers of geography teaching in LEA maintained schools. The courses will be taking place from October 2007 to March 2008. The courses are kindly sponsored by Google.

Click here for more information and booking

Adding field data to Google Earth

I am very excited, having found a great little programme developed by R. Sgrillo of the Cocoa Research Center in Ilheus, Bahia, Brasil.

We are currently developing a course that will demonstrate how to use this and other tools to build Google Earth into a useful platform for communicating field data.

The GE-Graph tool is fantastic and can be downloaded from:

Below is an example of the images you can create:

GE-Graph demo

New Google Earth Course dates

Two new dates have been confirmed for the Google Earth Courses at the Royal Geographical Society: Monday 14 May and Monday 2 July.

To book a place contact Lucy Bruzzone at the Royal Geographical Society.
This practical workshop will show teachers and expedition organizations how to create virtual fieldwork using Google Earth as a template. It will involve hands-on experience with digital cameras and GPS units creating mini-fieldwork projects in Hyde Park. Participants will then be shown how this data can be transformed into a virtual journey using Google Earth.

Cost: £111.63 (£95 + VAT) includes course notes, lunch and refreshments. School Members, Fellows and Ordinary Members of the RGS-IBG are entitled to a 10% discount.

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