"GIS is a form of digitalmapping technology. Kind oflike Google Earth, but better."Arnold Schwarzenegger at the Government Technolog yConference 2008
Google Earth• Version 6.2• Free• Huge user community
AGX ArcGIS Explorer Online• 2 versions• Free & subscription
Google’s own description• “Google Earth is a powerful tool that enables you to fly anywhere on Earth to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings, from galaxies in outer space to the canyons of the ocean.”• Doesn’t say ‘this is a GIS’....
Answers or questions ?• “In a time where answers are as ubiquitous as they are, the value is now deﬁned by the ability to ask a better question”• Stephen Wolfram
Is Google Earth a GIS ? • OFSTED Subject Report for Geography 2011 • ‘Learning to make a world of difference’ • Gave an example of a good GIS lesson which made use of ‘Google Earth’...
"Knowing where things are, andwhy, is essential to rationaldecision making"Jack Dangermond, Environmental SystemsResearch Institute (ESRI)
The importance of location....• A video & news story to use with students:• http://vimeo.com/49866713 - Train into space• http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/ 2012/08/06/after-3-years-lost-in-forest-a- camera-reveals-secrets-to-its-home/
Geographical Enquiry...• Start with a hook, and a question and identify the appropriate information and mapping that might help answer it....• Provide students with a range of resources which they can make use of in different ways...