What went well: The students were very much captivated by Google Earth, so their motivation and desire was up for listening and learning; this proved an effective activity in bringing the seven continents to life for the class:
What to improve: Involve the students more in this technology experience by having a virtual tour ready at the click of a mouse for each of them at their own computer in the school computer lab, etc. Just going through Google Earth in front of the students is effective, but this lesson could be even more effective by doing what was stated above!
Student use of technology: This didn’t happen in this lesson; the students viewed technology in action, but didn’t use it personally.
Use is Essential: Technology was used effectively in this lesson, as it was motivational and something that peaked the students’ interest in learning about the globe.
Focus on Learning Task: Granted one would have to tell the students how to spell the locations they want to go to, overall this technological tool wouldn’t be too hard for first-graders to do in groups. This program definitely is beneficial for the students’ learning!
Added Value: Through Google Earth, the students were able to see the globe in 3-D and up close, as opposed to a tangible globe or even a world map.