Good day all,
Well, this tool really does bring the world to your doorstep. The interaction possibilities are extensive as students engage in anything from finding their own house in the next suburb, to that of someone else on another continent.
With possibilities of different views of terrain and even an option for flight simulation , it is engaging for all age groups. Google Earth is great to use as a collaborative activity, Geography comes to mind as a subject that would really benefit from interacting with google earth, you can scan any location of interest giving a visual display of where the topic is focusing. Orienteering could be done on-line and used in projects for referencing points, like a "Greatest Race" style of bookmarking your progress.
The Engagement theory is based upon the ideas of Kearsley and Shneiderman (1999,) Relate-Create-Donate, implying that learning activities should be done in groups working towards a goal that effects someone outside of the learning outcome. The difference between engagement and interactivity reflects the shift in thinking about computers in education as communication tools rather than some form of media delivery devices.
Thanks for reading,
Kearsley, G., Shneiderman, B., (1999). Engagement Theory: A framework for technology-based teaching and learning. Retrieved 6th August, 2009, fromhttp://home.sprynet.com/~gkearsley/engage.htm