Constructivism is the most prominent educational theory and it ties into theory behind project-based learning. In my travels as a project-based instructor and with the inquiry-based program, GEOshow, I found the need to prove a theoretical approach behind my use of this as an instructional tool for learning in order to calm the nerves of administration. Therefore I found this article published by two univerisity professors by the Institute for Learning Centered Education in 2006. The article app
This is a buncee that I created for my conference trips. It is a conglomeration of teaching, learning and evolving resources for virtual field trips via google and its awesomeness. It includes resources for iDevices and all areas of education. Please check it out! Thanks!!
This program is an amazing gift to educators from my friend, Brandon Hall and his wife Kelcie. Learn ATW brings educators two inquiry-based, constructed by the students, virtual field trip programs called #GEOShow and #MissionScience. In GEO Show, Brandon takes classes to different areas around America (last year it was SE Asia, so amazing!) and gives the students weeks prior to vote on the location and send in questions about the location.
This article from Lilla Robinson in the educational publication, Computers in New Zealand Schools: Learning, Teaching, Technology, 21(1), highlights how virtual field trips can be a positive addition to classrooms and how they can become a hinderance to learning if not implemented correctly. The author supports programs that are inquiry based, facilitate communication and foster constructivism and expression; programs such as the GEOShow (11).
This site from the National Science Foundation and Carlton College is a teaching resource for learning how to teach using this tremendously important tool that is geared for the geoscience classroom, however it is truly an all-inclusive guide for any teacher who wishes to understand GE's full potential. Highlights include: "What is Google Earth?" "User Guide & Google Earth Tip Sheet" "How to Teach with Google Earth" and "Working with KMZ Files"
This is Richard Byrne's (of Freetech4teachers.com) site for Google tutorials and there are two great teaching resources for Google Earth: Google Earth Across the Curriculum and How to Embed Google Maps; resources that are full of useful guides on how to use these amazing tools. Richard also has a Google slide presentation called classic Google Maps for Educators.
History Tours subtitle explains it all: "WHERE HISTORY, GEOGRAPHY, AND TECHNOLOGY MEET." This site is pure resource, and it helpful resources are the name of the teaching game! It is full of Google Earth files categorized by US & world history, lesson plans and a 'how-to' section.
The next resource comes from a brilliant professor and Dr. at Duke University who made her students do the work for her! There are links to lesson plans as well as step-by-step tutorials for getting started on Google Earth as a teacher. Some of the highlights are: Ancient Rome, British empire, animal habitats, climate change.
This site was a project completed by educators and high school students in development with The Geological Society of America that acts as a great tutorial for using Google Earth in the classroom. Towards the bottom of the page are "Links for Earth Science Classes," wherein you can find several categories for .KMZ files such as: Techtonics, glaciology, impact structures.
Thanks to W.W. Norton & Company, we have a site available for all of those of you teaching latter grades (4th and up). This site is actually for college level but the resources on for the Google Earth tours are for all teachers (and possibly some techie students). The site brings you downloadable tours for the following events and significant historical developments: the Revolutionary War, Lewis & Clark expedition, Civil War and the road to civil rights, just to name a few!
Google Lit Trips is a site created by a Google Certified Teacher named Jerome Burg. This site was copyrighted in 2006 and I found it in 2011, meaning I missed out on so many years of brilliance! The agony. Anyway, in this invaluable site for teachers, one can find several .kmz or Google Earth files (most now available for the iPad/tablet/mobile device as well) that take you on a literary trip through the world of different works of school literature.