Google Geo Teachers Institutes announced for London and Dublin, June 2012

Great news that the Google Geo Teachers Institute will be coming to England and Ireland this summer. The two day professional development events are free and are designed to help teachers get the most out of Google’s suite of Geo tools including Google Earth, Google Maps and SketchUp.

Dates for the events are June 13-14 in Dublin and June 20-21 in London. Both events will be held at the Google offices in those cities.

Teachers can apply online (closing date for applications is 30 April) and find out more in the recent Google Lat Long blog post.

At Digital Explorer, we’ve loved using Google Earth on our expeditions from the Antarctic to Morocco. Also have a look at our blog post 40+ ideas on using Google Earth and Maps in the classroom and our range of manuals to support the use of Google Earth and Maps in the classroom and beyond.

Look forward to seeing you at the events this summer.

A day in Edinburgh for Google Earth

Great to be up with the Scottish Council of Independent Schools this month in Edinburgh and have the chance to work with a great group of geography (and science!) teachers.

A few pointers for the attendees and anyone else interested in using Google Earth and GPS in the classroom:

Do be in touch if you need any other advice

Geoblogging – advice wanted!!

Just putting the finishing touches to a guide for travellers and those going on expeditions and overseas projects on using blogs and other digital media tools to bring their journeys to new audiences online.

Decided to base it around the Blogger platform, this being the simplest, although would love to spend some time including more information on WordPress (think this will be in a few months’ time).

Just wondering if there are any bits of advice out there, that you wished you’d had before making your first blog or any things that you would really like to know how to do.

Full acknowledgement for any great tips.

Thank you and happy travels.

NEW Geo-blogging for gappers

Digital Explorer has developed a new course specifically designed for Gap year students on overseas projects and expeditions.

The course focuses on the use of free services such as blogger, youtube (or schooltube and teachertube), flickr and google maps, but takes these further and looks at how these can be used more effectively for creating a professional record of a gap expedition or project that can then be used for a variety of purposes, as well as looking at the use of technology in remote locations.

The course is ideal if you are looking to:

  • Create a multimedia record of your Gap Year
  • Involve family, friends and sponsors in your project or expedition
  • Have an online project or expedition CV for future funders
  • Use your Gap Year as an educational opportunity and share it with pupils and teachers at your former school

The course runs for a half-day on Wednesday 28 January 2009 and costs £55 (incl VAT) and can be booked with the Royal Geographical Society.

[de]‘s Google Earth training video on YouTube

The video of Digital Explorer’s ‘Virtual Fieldwork Using Google Earth’ course is now on YouTube. Thank you to everyone who made the recent teacher training UK Roadshow possible: Kate Hammond and Ed Parsons at Google, Shane Winser and Lucy Bruzzone at the Royal Geographical Society, Will Evans at Just So Films and Marjan Shirzad here at Digital Explorer.

Google Earth at the Geographical Association Conference

Just received a very nice note from the Geographical Association. I ran two sessions at their conference at the end of March and managed to pack in 55 geography teachers. We managed to make good progress especially given I had condensed the normal 6-7 hour course into 2 hours.

Anyway, they had some very nice things to say…

Excellent and inspiring new ideas

I have never realised the full potential of Google Earth as I have never had the time to sit and mess around with the computer for long enough. An excellent session with an excellent handbook to take back to school.

Great way to develop fieldwork in a very pupil friendly way. Have already used it in my teaching as a way of promoting appreciation of fieldwork.

Can be put in to use immediately – hopefully with out too much cash outlay!

Excellent tutor – good practical ways to use Google earth.

Well delivered, fast pace, interesting and appropriate skills being implanted

Thank you to Lucy at the GA for organising ever thing and if you would like to find out more about what happened at this year’s conference see the Geographical Association website.

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.

Explore at the Royal Geographical Society

Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) hosts the world’s premier event for those wishing to lead their own expeditions and fieldwork. Explore will take place on the weekend of 24/25 November 2007.

The Explore weekend has been the starting point for many expeditioners. Some 200 participants are joined by over 50 ‘experts’ for the weekend. Panel discussions and talks range from:project management, field research techniques, fundraising health & safety, insurance and the logistics of living and working in rainforest, polar, marine, desert and mountain environments.

Some of the iNOMAD, Offscreen and Digital Explorer crew will be there speaking about education , new media and film.

For more information email the Geography Outdoors team or go to the RGS website.

(Image from RGS-IBG)

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

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