Showing posts with label Charles Darwin. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Charles Darwin. Show all posts

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Be Darwin for a Day With New Google Street View Imagery

The latest update to Google Maps Street View imagery features the Galapagos Islands. The imagery can take you underwater to view fish and sea turtles, to beaches to see sea lions sunbathing, and along mangrove-lined shorelines. The imagery also lets you see inside the research facilities on the Galapagos Islands. You can explore all of the imagery on the Google Maps Views website.



Applications for Education
Consider combining your students' exploration of the Galapagos Islands Street View imagery with Darwin, A Naturalist's Voyage. Darwin, A Naturalist's Voyage is an outstanding virtual tour of Charles Darwin's nearly five year journey on the Beagle. Darwin, A Naturalist's Voyage has fourteen segments chronicling Darwin's voyage from start to finish. Throughout the tour viewers will see sketches from the journey, hear readings from Darwin's journals, and learn about the journey as a whole. The virtual tour is not limited to just Darwin's work as a naturalist. Darwin, A Naturalist's Voyage explores social issues of the time such as slavery.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Go On a Virtual Journey with Charles Darwin

Darwin, A Naturalist's Voyage is an outstanding virtual tour of Charles Darwin's nearly five year journey on the Beagle. Darwin, A Naturalist's Voyage has fourteen segments chronicling Darwin's voyage from start to finish. Throughout the tour viewers will see sketches from the journey, hear readings from Darwin's journals, and learn about the journey as a whole. The virtual tour is not limited to just Darwin's work as a naturalist. Darwin, A Naturalist's Voyage explores social issues of the time such as slavery.








Applications for Education
If you teach any lessons regarding Darwin and his work, this virtual journey could be a great resource for students to use to learn about Darwin's voyage to the Galapagos Islands and back.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

What Would Darwin Think? Man Versus the Galapagos

This week's Snag Learning film of the week is What Would Darwin Think? Man Versus the Galapagos. This 25 minute film provides an overview of Darwin's original work in the Galapagos and the unique plants and animals that call the Galapagos home. The focus of the film is on the impact of ecotourism on the Galapgos Islands. You can watch the film and find discussion questions here.
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Applications for Education
After viewing the film in class you may want to have students go on a virtual journey with Darwin or take an interactive look at the Galapagos Islands.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Interactive Exploration of the Galapagos Islands

NOVA offers an interactive tour of the Galapagos Islands as they appear today and as Darwin saw them. The tour of the islands highlights the unique animals and geologic features on the islands. As visitors progress through the tour they can view view videos and images and listen to audio tracks about the islands. In contrast to the modern imagery of the islands, visitors can select the "What Darwin Saw" tour to view Darwin's sketches, excerpts of his writings, and listen to experts talk about what Darwin saw.




Another resource about the Galapagos Islands that is worth thirty minutes of your time is a Link TV video about the impact of development on the Galapagos Islands. You can watch the film on Snag Films.
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Applications for Education
I've seen Darwin's trip to the Galapagos Islands present in both science and history lessons. The interactive tour linked above provides a nice way for students to see how Darwin's work influenced they way scientists work today. Of course, Darwin's ideas did cause controversy as evidenced by the Scopes Trial in 1925. American Experience has some lesson materials for teaching about the Scopes Trial.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Galapagos Rap Video
Darwin, A Naturalist's Journey - Virtual Tour