On 24th of May I was one of the organisers of a ‘Cloud Mapping’ event with Google and the HEA. Firstly, big thanks to Google for hosting the event, the venue and food were great (mmm, sushi lunch!). There was a good show of people and overall I think it went well with a lot of enthusiasm for a follow up meeting in a years time. I’ll report on the day as a whole when Helen Walkington (HEA) and I have had chance to discuss the official feedback.
I presented 3 teaching ideas using Google Earth and I collected feedback via ‘post-it note’ voting so I thought in this post I’d outline the ideas below and collate the feedback.
Collating Spatial Data (AKA Crowd Sourced Maps)
the grid around Mt St Helens
Delegate Votes: 23 (the winner!)
Delegate comments: I asked for ideas about how to reuse the technique, I also got back more general comments about the skills used. In terms of applications of the technique:
- Fieldwork Prep: 3 comments about how this would be great to use as preparation for a fieldwork trip
- Temporal data: 2 comments that it could be used to map temporal data such as floods
- Qualitative data: 2 comments that it could be used to map qualitative data (e.g. mapping rock outcrops in the desert visually followed by the official geological map)
- Mapping Criteria: Give students criteria on how to map and then review if they have achieved this as a group
- Acquisition is the KEY skill of GIS.
Explaining Scale via Powers of 10 Squares
The powers of 10 squares in action, 1km and 100m square lengths shown.
Delegate Votes: 8
- Good for introductory teaching
- Important for looking at landuse change
- Liked the fact you could compare a landscape to a house size.
A screen shot from one of my students presentations showing just how much we all use air travel
Delegate Votes: 17
Delegate Comments: Again, these split into suggested applications and skills. Applications:
- Landscape Change: 2 comments that it was good for showing landscapes over time i.e. archaeology, history, glacier retreat due to climate change
- River Module: A delegate said s/he was going to introduce it in his/her river module
- Weather Forecast: would be good to get students to give a weather forecast
- Not PowerPoint: 3 comments that it was good to get students to present using something else than powerpoint.
- Before Fieldwork: It would be good as preparation prior to a field trip.