We started to study the ocean floor this week in our
classroom. Teaching students about landforms under the ocean can be
a challenge, it is nearly impossible for then to actually see what
we are talking about expect for drawings and maps in our textbook.
It is common for students to ask volumes of questions about the
ocean floor. It is hard to understand what the Continental Slope,
Shelf and Rise are without seeing it. This year has been different.
We are in the middle of using Google Earth, a free downloadable
program, to find different formations along the ocean floor. It is
amazing to watch students make connections and form understandings
by zooming, searching and panning across satellite images taken of
the ocean floor and arranged together by the Google Earth Program.
Students are finding ocean ridges, seamounts, canyons, plains,
trenches and more to place into PowerPoint projects. We began using
Google Earth just before the holiday break, and this week learned
to find specific regions, zoom, and pan to view the elevations, and
save images to import into PowerPoint. the projects began today and
they are looking great. Here are some examples of the type of slide images
students are making.

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