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Virtual Tours in Google Maps November 4, 2008

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I have been working closely with one particular class on the Supertanker this year and one of their long term tasks has been an enviro project.  As you know we have this fantastic native bush clad gully that bisects our school, it is a fantastic teaching resource and one that I am anxious to share with the wider world.  As we are a Green Gold Enviro School (shortly up for renewal) we have many Enviro projects and initiatives on the go.  It was with this in mind that this particular class decided that they wanted to produce some sort of guide to the Enviro resources and initiative that we have on the Supertanker.  I decided that they would create a tour using Google Maps and now that work is coming to an end, it is time to share.

The students have been researching and recording their findings.  To do this they have been using the Internet, books (surprise surprise!) they have used digital cameras, Audacity and Photo Story to record all aspects of their research.  This has all been rolled up into WMV files and posted to their teacher’s YouTube account, where the videos are now being geotagged for viewing in Google Earth and inserted into placemarkers in Google Maps.  Links and a review to all of the above resources and more can also be found on my resources page..

The net result is that the students have been integrating many ICTs into many aspects of their programme and now their efforts are available for you, the public, to view.  They are still uploading their files and creating placemarkers (we actually used a GPS plotter to get the exact Eastings and Northings for the locations that we are illustrating!)  These have yet to be put into the place markers, but it is on our list of to dos.  At the moment I have proved the concept and now it just has to be tidied up.

If you want to see our Geotagged videos in Google Earth, all you need to do is fire up Google Earth, ensure that the You Tube icon is checked in the Gallery Section of the layers panel to the left of Google Earth. Then all that you have to do is type in ‘Meadowbank School, Auckland’ and you will be whisked off to the Supertanker and see our videos.


Alternatively if you wish to see our Enviro tour as it has been designed you can view it in Google maps.  To veiw the tour as it currently stands, click on the link below. (Google Maps can not easily be embedded into a WordPress blog)  I now have lots of other ideas for using Google Earth and Google Maps in classrooms. Watch this space…. View Larger Map

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1. Helen Hardie - November 6, 2008

Fantastic. What a great way to share you enviro work and develop your ICT skills. I’m impressed.

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