Speaking about the need for geography lessons reminded me now would be a good time to highlight a good web site for helping educators use Google Earth and other technologies to teach geography. Juicy Geography is a web site which does just that. Recently the author of Juicy Geography has released a lesson on practical activities for using GPS units in the geography curriculum. As part of his lessons, he points out how mapping tools like Google Earth and Google Maps can be used to enhance geography education. In this lesson he points to tools for displaying GPS information in Google Earth/Maps and vice versa.
Juicy Geography is published in the UK, but I noticed he has a map showing where recent visitors to the site come from. It was encouraging to see a large percentage of visitors are coming from the US.