Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Climate Change Tours in Google Earth

Today, Google released three new tours in its Explore Climate Change series. The new tours explore the actions of organizations to prevent or adapt to climate change in different parts of the world. These tours include the World Wildlife Foundation's efforts in the peatland swamps of Borneo, Greenpeace's actions to prevent deforestation of the Amazon, and Conservation International's efforts to reduce deforestation in Madagascar. The tours can be viewed three ways, in Google Earth, in the Google Browser plug-in, or through YouTube. The tour of Borneo's peatland swamps is embedded below.


Applications for Education
Google Earth's tour recording options are increasingly being used to tell stories. These new tours from Google are good examples of how Google Earth could be used in an integrated science, social studies, and writing course. Students could script their stories to account for data and facts then demonstrate the information through various Google Earth layers.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Great Google Maps/ Earth How-to Videos
A Narrated Google Earth Tour of Afghanistan
Videos for Learning About Google Earth