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Best practices on how to design Google Earth tours for education

Treves, Richard and Bailey, John (2012) Best practices on how to design Google Earth tours for education In, Whitmeyer, S.J., Bailey, J.E., De Paor, D.G. and Ornduff, T. (eds.) Google Earth and Virtual Visualizations in Geoscience Education and Research. Boulder County, US, The Geological Society of America (Geological Society of America Special Paper, 492). (doi:10.1130/2012.2492(28)).

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Google Earth tours (GETs) are recorded fl ights around Google Earth. They are
highly engaging to watch and have great potential for communicating spatially in a teaching environment. They also benefi t from being easy for an educator to produce but they can be ineffective if they are designed poorly. With this in mind, in this paper we cover three main topics: (1) we consider how best to produce GETs, (2) we deconstruct them as a communication media and fi nally (3), we consider the larger educational context in which they are used. By reviewing literature relevant to these areas we produce 19 best practices for using GETs in education. The amount of evidence we can show in support of our best practices varies. Those that were generated by comparing GETs to the well-researched area of educational animations are highly reliable because they are based on empirical evidence. Those associated with the virtual fl ights between locations within a GET are more open to interpretation as they have been less well studied. We conclude that further work should be focused on investigating virtual flight within a GET

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Published date: 2012
Organisations: Population, Health & Wellbeing (PHeW)


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PURE UUID: 794a344c-1505-40db-ac47-c7d5d3fa0833

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Date deposited: 26 Sep 2012 11:31
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 05:25

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Author: Richard Treves
Author: John Bailey
Editor: S.J. Whitmeyer
Editor: J.E. Bailey
Editor: D.G. De Paor
Editor: T. Ornduff

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