Monday, January 31, 2011

Elementary math and Google Earth... a few starting points

Google EarthImage via WikipediaDecided to take a look at how teachers have been using Google Earth for elementary-level math lessons and came across some really useful instructional videos.

Here are two of them which we found easy to follow and useful.

Teaching Perimeter & Area with Google Earth
This first video was created by a grade 4 teacher in North Carolina:

Google Earth: A Classroom Tool
An introduction to using Google Earth to design and develop math lessons. This video was created by Quentin DSouza, an Ontario-based teacher. Of note, Quentin DSouza has a site where he's posted a number of Google Earth-based math lessons geared at the Grade 6 curriculum expectations in Ontario; the downside, most of this material is from 2006 and the site itself looks like it has not been updated in a few years.

As for some online resources and support, Google Earth for Educators, an official Google site, is obviously the best place to start: contains classroom resources, tutorials and tips, examples of students work, and a teacher support forum where you can connect with colleagues.

Real World Math: Using Google Earth in the Math Curriculum is an online resource for math teachers. Intended for grades 5 and up, it provides lessons, activities, and new ideas to help teachers with math instruction planning. Google Earth in Science and Math Classrooms is a University of British Columbia wiki page built on a media and education design knowledge base.

And for teachers who want to start using technology in their math lessons, we highly recommend you joing one of the many math groups on Classroom 2.0, such as Elementary Math.