Jun 232012

I was lucky enough to be invited to the Google Teachers Institute held in London over 20/21 June at Google’s new London office. Unfortunately I could only attend on the second day which was broadly devoted to SketchUp. I really wanted to learn more about this application having briefly dabbled a few years ago.

My own presentation (no PPT) focussed on the value of Google Earth as a decision making tool, and as a great vehicle for student created content, such as this example from a current project where the student has created proportional bars to represent the depth of sand on each side of groynes at Dawlish Warren.

The files I used are here.

Highlights of the day…
There were super presentations from the enthusiastic Google Outreach team as well as other teachers. One outcome of the day is that I’m now confident at geo-modelling in SketchUp. Here’s my classroom block at school:

Beryl Reid who took us through the techniques for geo-modelling also mentioned AR-media. I was familiar with this augmented reality application, but hadn’t realised that there was a dedicated iPad app which makes downloading and displaying AR models a cinch…

Le Mont-Saint-Michel augments my desktop…

It was great to hear Richard Allaway talking about some of his Google Earth work. I was very much taken with the elegant simplicity of his Imperial Airways to Cape Town activity, which I’d like to use myself.

Julie Brown from the National Geographic Education Program took us on a spirited trot through the latest educational materials on the National Geographic website and highlighted some wonderful resources that I’m looking forward to exploring further.

Many thanks to the Google Outreach team for organizing the event. Come back soon!


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