Google Goes to Alaska to Teach Google Earth and more

In response to an invitation from the University of Alaska at Fairbanks (UAF), Google has sent a team of Googlers to Alaska who are passionate about education and whose goal is to make tools like Google Earth more accessible to educators. The Googlers, who are doing this as part of their 20% time, will be conducting a series of workshops at high schools in several remote communities throughout the state. They’re going to Barrow, Kotzebue and Nome, meeting with teachers and students and will be blogging along the way. According to their Google Blog post, they will be conducting geography trivia contests, doing some geocaching with GPSes (and viewing the tracks in Google Earth), and build maps using Google Maps. The team also plans to take some GigaPan panoramas. The idea for the outreach tour came from John Bailey at the UAF who also has been one of the driving forces behind the Virtual Globe sessions at the AGU each year. See the press release at the UAF about this tour.
Read more about Google Earth for education at the excellent Google for Educators, Geo Educators site.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.

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