Ground Truth - A Google project adding human touch to impact the accuracy of Google Maps.
The Atlantic's Alexis Madrigal wrote a great piece this week on the world of Google Maps. It turns out that the engineers behind the tool that let's us use Street View to navigate Manhattan's thoroughfares and the Google Earth plugin to survey the Sahara use an a lot of interpretation, ingenuity, and complex problem solving. I'll admit that I thought most of this information came from satellite imagery that was stitched and reproduced for us.
This supports a common point that education reformers consistently support. Collecting and reproducing data simply doesn't cut it and is not a valuable skill now nor will it be in the future of a connected, global economy. It is far more valuable to think on your feet, interpret, adapt, and resolve. I haven't seen these skills measured on a test yet.
Google Maps for EDU
- Explore the Google World Wonders project with your students
- Let students create,design, and submit buildings to be used on Google Maps using the Google Building Maker
- Official Google Earth for Educators page with featured lesson plans
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