Technology also now give teachers the opportunity to access real time data with their students. There is something about real time information that is highly engaging for young people and is something that we should perhaps try to capitalise on more in schools?Google Earth is a good example. Its free for schools to use and real time information can be displayed spatially. By turning on the weather layer…
…real time cloud data appears over the virtual globe.
By turning on the web cam layer and clicking on camera…
I can see what is happening, what the weather is like, what the people are like all over the globe.This ‘real time’ interaction is so important for teaching young people about global citizenship, society and other cultures. One of my new technologies staff was in a school recently as he asked a student if they had used Google Earth. They told him ‘I use it recreationally, but never in school’. When the learning potential of such technology is so obvious, when the software is free – when do we have to start to question why is it not being used?
New Technology & Outdoor Learning Ollie Bray 15th June 2010 www.ltscotland.org.uk