The Google Earth: Educator Perspectives course went very well. It seemed appropriate having participants from across the globe join in this open weekend at KnowSchool. I have posted a chart with the country representations of the participants. It was great seeing educators from K12 and Higher Education educators sharing their ideas, exploring, and learning together. I hope to get involved a little more in facilitating events like this one. I found that I gained a more global perspective and new ideas through the discussion boards, and collaborative sharing.
It really is too bad that the content that has been created in KnowSchool open weekend course does not become CC licensed and available to all, instead of just the participants. There were so many great lesson ideas, lesson plans and new directions that would benefit all of us.
PD courses in school districts can be a very closed time/space sphere for educators to work in, it would be nice to see organizations open up those courses for those who miss the course and break some of the typical boundaries that we see reflected in out educational institutions. Perhaps we just need to agree when we participate in a course like this that we can share what we co-create.
I opened up the open weekend with this presentation that I remixed from Alan Parkinson SAGT presentation opening. Perhaps a little teaser for you to look at Google Earth again if you haven’t done so already (Be sure to look to look at the often missed new Featured Content layer – the Rumsey Historical Maps, as well as the other content is awesome).
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Remember – The Google Earth Education Program offers schools and districts a free subscription to Google Earth Pro ($400 annually). Prospective schools and districts are encouraged to contact Dennis Reinhardt, Google Earth Education Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.