Tamara Misner, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

How do you utilize technological tools (Google Earth, topical databases, blogging, etc.) in your online courses?

I actively incorporate technology in my teaching. I regularly utilize digital media (i.e. satellite imagery, LIDAR data, etc.) and Google Earth in my classes in order to give students the opportunity to experience and visualize concepts discussed in lecture. As an example, Google Earth is used in order to take students on virtual fieldtrips around the world, which allows them to see examples of geologic landscapes and landforms that they would otherwise not be able to experience. This technique increases student excitement and interest in the topics discussed. Furthermore, it encourages them to investigate areas of personal interest (student ownership) and gives them an opportunity to make their learning more personal, which makes it easier for them to internalize topics discussed in class.