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Google Earth geo-education resources: A transnational approach from Ireland, Iceland, Finland, and Norway

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Ronán Hennessy
Ronán Hennessy
Earth and Ocean Sciences, National University of Ireland Galway, University Road, Galway, Ireland
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Thorvardur Arnason
Thorvardur Arnason
University of Iceland, Hornafjordur Regional Research Centre, Iceland
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Ilkka Ratinen
Ilkka Ratinen
Department of Teacher Education, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
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Lena Rubensdotter
Lena Rubensdotter
Geological Survey of Norway, Trondheim, Norway
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Published:
October 01, 2012

The Northern Environmental Education Development (NEED) project was a transnational geo-education resource development initiative cooperated by four European countries: Ireland, Finland, Norway, and Iceland. NEED supported the development of novel geological information resources, and the establishment of geo-education networks in the four project regions. An analysis of the national geography and science curriculum in each region was conducted. This analysis identified which geographic learning skills were common to each curriculum. The development of innovative geographic information system (GIS) resources to help support the development of geographic skills was considered a potentially valuable outcome of the NEED project. Google Earth was chosen as the technology with which to develop and serve the GIS information and learning resources. The resultant Google Earth learning resources provide free access to geoscientific information about the project regions for educators and students. While the development of these learning resources represents an important step in providing locally relevant geo-educational resources, further research is necessary to determine the pedagogical effectiveness of the learning content.

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GSA Special Papers

Google Earth and Virtual Visualizations in Geoscience Education and Research

Steven J. Whitmeyer
Steven J. Whitmeyer
Department of Geology & Environmental Science, James Madison University, Memorial Hall, MSC 6903, Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807, USA
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John E. Bailey
John E. Bailey
Scenarios Network for Alaska & Arctic Planning, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, Alaska 99709, USA
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Declan G. De Paor
Declan G. De Paor
Department of Physics, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia 23529, USA
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Tina Ornduff
Tina Ornduff
Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Pkwy, Mountain View, California 94043, USA
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Geological Society of America
Volume
492
ISBN print:
9780813724928
Publication date:
October 01, 2012

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