Integrating Google Earth in Higher Education-Bringing Global Awareness into Project Based Classrooms
Thursday, June 30 3:05-3:25 PM Location: Junior Ballroom B
Presider: Kurt Ackermann, Hokusei Gakuen University Junior College, Japan
Abstract: In recent years, geospatial technology such as Google Earth (GE) has become readily available and accessible. In addition, GE has been proven to be powerful tool in in teaching spatial thinking. The ability to use images and spatial technologies critically will become an important requirement for global literacy and using GE effectively in learning and teaching may be a powerful way for fostering such skills. In this case study, we have developed a curriculum for a requirement course for university students at Tokyo University of Technology, Department of Media Sciences. A total of approximately 300 students are enrolled. In this presentation, we will demonstrate how GE is used to foster global awareness by combining spatial awareness to worldwide statistical data such as Human Development Index and by creating tour movies on designated World Heritage Sites. We will also discuss the aspects of 3D literacy and share the evaluation scale we use for grading the students.