Google My Place
Starter activity using Google Images (or Google Earth) to see our place (the local) from a global perspective.
KEY QUESTIONS: What does my place look like to me? What does it look like to others?
Using Google Images as a search engine to think about how people see where we live can help learners to appreciate different perspectives.
Note: You may need to check you can access this service through your school Internet.
1. Develop learners’ web literacy by brainstorming a list of ten effective key words to enter into the Google Image search box. (e.g. streets, traffic, park, beautiful, litter).
2. Show the class how each time they need to use the place name e.g. Tower Hamlets and then combine it with one of the words from the list e.g. streets.
3. Discuss the images that are found. A note-taking frame might be helpful for this stage, so that learners can write down what the image shows, and also what it suggests (denotations and connotations).
4. When learners have worked their way through the list that they developed, they can feed back on which images were most interesting, and whether all the images had a theme or something noticeable in them.
5. Using the key questions, learners can think about whether they have learned anything new about where they live. Do they have further questions, and things to find out?
Note: There is a good opportunity to use this activity to introduce work on global dimensions. See the link tab (right) for one idea on this.