Biogeography photography exercise
Skills and concepts that students must have mastered
How the activity is situated in the course
Content/concepts goals for this activity
Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity
Other skills goals for this activity
Description and Teaching Materials
1) I collected a series of historical landscape photographs from local archives.
2) Students were divided into groups of four and given four to five photographs per group.
3) Students rephotographed the historical images, paired the rephotography pairs, uploaded them into Google Earth, developed them into .kmz files, wrote a description of the changes they observed in the photographs in their .kmz file, and returned the .kmz file to me. A group of remote sensing students georeferenced historical aerial imagery acquired from a local archive and USGS Earth Explorer.
4) I compiled the images into one .kmz file and loaded it onto lab computers for our week's biogeography lab.
5) Students analyzed the entire set of class photos and a) described both trends and anomalies in environmental change as evidenced in the photographs, and b) hypothesized reasons for changes.
Student Guidelines for Preparing Photos (Acrobat (PDF) 4.5MB Apr2 13)