“Maps matter” Lalitesch Katragadda tells us as he describes how Google’s Map Maker can aid in global disaster relief and in creating economic opportunities. Indeed, when the devastating earthquake struck Haiti in the evening of January 12, 2010, Google quickly not only made its existing Map Maker data on Haiti available for relief efforts, they allowed anyone to go in and expand on that data. But Katragadda’s statement could have referred just as easily to the two other videos posted here as well.
What are the possibilities in using online mapping tools like Google Maps and Google Earth in language, culture and civilization courses? And what role might these tools play in developing our students’ intercultural competencies, global awareness, communication, collaboration and literacy skills? For some ideas, you can look at the interdisciplinary examples listed here.
I’m looking forward to the first four of our classroom presentations this week. And during class on Monday, Catherine Ross of the University of Connecticut’s Institute for Teaching and Learning will show us the resources and opportunities available to our faculty through the Faculty Development Programs. As you interview for your first post-graduate position, you may want to include faculty development opportunities on your list of questions to ask.