Teaching Topographic Map Skills and Geomorphology Concepts with Google Earth in a One-Computer Classroom

Hsiao Ping Hsu, Bor Wen Tsai, Che Ming Chen

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Abstract

Teaching high-school geomorphological concepts and topographic map reading entails many challenges. This research reports the applicability and effectiveness of Google Earth in teaching topographic map skills and geomorphological concepts, by a single teacher, in a one-computer classroom. Compared to learning via a conventional instructional method, students learning with Google Earth do not have different geomorphological concepts development because both settings enable students to learn with similar static representation. However, students learning with Google Earth improve topographic map skills significantly compared to the conventional instructional method. This is because of the 3D landscape visualization and prior knowledge connections available with Google Earth.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-39
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Geography
Volume117
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jan 2

Keywords

  • geomorphology
  • Google Earth
  • spatial thinking
  • spatial visualization
  • topographic map skills

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Earth-Surface Processes

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