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#GTAUK: Google Earth wiki & ebook

I’m delighted to have been chosen as a ‘Lead Learner’ for the first-ever UK Google Teacher Academy on 29-30 July 2010. I’ve been asked to run the sessions on Google Earth and am very aware that whilst I’m certainly an enthusiast with some advanced knowledge, I’m certainly not an ‘expert’.

Through my experience in creating Best of Belshaw (2009), #movemeon, #getthatjob and #uppingyourgame I’ve found ebooks to a fantastic medium for both collaborating with others to create a resource and then for dissemination. The only trouble is that once the ebook is created the only way to edit it and share back is to create version 2.

That’s why I want to create a wiki and a free ebook (both Creative Commons CC BY-SA-licensed) to accompany the Google Earth stuff that goes on at #GTAUK. I’m not interested in putting my name all over it at all – it’s all about collating good practice and helpful advice from Primary, Secondary, Further, Higher and Work-based learning! πŸ™‚

In terms of a structure for the wiki and ebook, I’m thinking:

  1. Contributors
  2. Introduction to Google Earth
  3. The Basics
  4. Tips & Tricks
  5. Advanced Use
  6. Case Studies (Primary/Secondary/Further/Higher/Work-based)
  7. Future ideas

I’ve created the wiki at:

(shorter URL:

In terms of the ebook, I’ll distil the contents of the wiki the weekend before #GTAUK (i.e. 24-25 July 2010) and then launch the ebook at the event. I’m confident that it’s going to be a resource that’s useful for educators across a wide range of sectors, and internationally, too.

Please do get involved! πŸ˜€

Here’s some suggestions of what you could do:

  • Contribute to the wiki
  • Suggest a case study
  • Compose a guide to some basic features
  • Write up a tip or trick
  • Take some screenshots to make the wiki/ebook look good

Any questions? Ask away!

4 thoughts on “#GTAUK: Google Earth wiki & ebook

  1. Sounds like a great idea Doug. I think a resource like this will be really helpful for people at GTA to share practice discussed and bring ideas back to our colleagues.

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