Google Earth has so many applications in education, and many have been captured and collated by Tom Barratt
I love being able to tag places, make lines and shapes, zoom into historical images and almost fly around them. What frustrates me though, is that I sometimes find myself wanting to use Google Earth, but do not have it installed. So I was very excited when I found this link http://www.shaded-relief.com/ to a Google earth type application run on the web. But without the bells and whistles of google earth, is it not just the same as google maps?
Here are my findings.
Google maps is great but Shaded relief has a variety of natural views. Both can search for places etc. Shaded relief allows elevation, distance and areas to be found.
I did get excited when I saw there were videos linked to places on Google maps, but on closer inspection, the majority of videos were not very useful- the bus route 32, a yellow car at Kames….. you get the drift! The photos are better, there seems to be some moderation and being able to look at photos of locations is great, although the areas are not all well represented. But Street maps is pretty cool (although I’ve not used it in class yet.)
So overall, the Jury is out. I will continure to use google maps for morecity based exploration but I will be using Shaded relief for more natural work, as the views are more versatile.
Here is what they say about themselves.
You can use this interactive map in the following ways:
- Measure the distance, area or elevation of map features, share a map & send a link to a colleague to show what you’ve found.