December 10th 2007: Google today announced a new website for schools, full of resources to help teachers more effectively use the web and Google tools in the classroom.
Working with teachers around the UK Google has developed ideas for how Google Search™, Google Maps™, Google Earth™, Google Image Search™ and Google News™ can be integrated into the curriculum to help bring subjects to life such as geography, history and citizenship: www.google.co.uk/schools
Resources such as lesson plans and tutorials are specifically tailored to key curriculum topics. The materials for primary schools cover cross-curricular topics e.g. the Romans in Britain and for secondary schools cover geography, history and citizenship e.g. natural disasters, the slave trade and Fairtrade. We hope that these will stimulate ideas that teachers can adapt, expand and apply to other curriculum topics.
The site offers:
Kate Hammond, Schools Project Manager, Google UK:
“We hope these new tools help teachers and pupils find new ways of learning about different subjects. The internet offers a wealth of new ways to explore topics such as geography. So we worked closely with teachers to figure out what would be helpful – and this new site is the product of those discussions.”
Lynda Hunter, Retired Headteacher, formerly of Lindfield Primary School, West Sussex consulted on this project:
“This is an invaluable resource which will undoubtedly help schools to deliver a holistic approach to learning that is in line with the technological age in which we live. These superb tools will not only open up a world of learning to pupils now but the skills they acquire through using them will become lifelong learning tools, always at their fingertips. Learning will come alive within the classroom for children (and teachers) of all ages and all ability levels.”
Jamie Buchanan-Dunlop, Humanities Teacher, Crown Woods School and Director of Digit al Explorer:
“Google Earth is a wonderful tool for providing a sense of place for all sorts of topics. My pupils have investigated areas of Kenya to find a suitable site to build an ecolodge, searched for information about the food web in Antarctica and of course, each time we study a new place we ‘fly’ there using Google Earth. Simply put, Google Earth has changed the way Geography is taught in the classroom.”
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