How to use Google Earth more effectively.

Google Earth is a fantastic, FREE, tool for teaching and learning. There are many, many different ways of using it. It’s almost as if the whole world is a canvas!

As befits Google Earth, the following are some ideas from educators around the world as to how to use the program effectively.

Tom Barrett has created a Google Presentation to which other educators have contributed. Check it out here:


Further Links:

Know any other useful links not in the guide or above? Please share them! πŸ™‚

How to create engaging video starters without any creative talent using Animoto

Students inhabit a visually-rich, media-driven world. Sometimes, as educators with limited time on our hands, it’s difficult to compete. Animoto is an easy-to-use and extremely powerful way of creating short videos to grab students’ interest. Better still, it’s free for educational use!

Follow the guide below to get started… πŸ™‚

Here’s a video I produced using Animoto in an attempt to encourage more Year 9’s to opt for GCSE History:


The purpose of elearnr is to share links, resources and guides related to elearning. There are many definitions of ‘elearning’, including learning solely by distance, usually over the Internet. This isn’t what is meant here. Instead, ‘elearning’ is taken in a much wider sense to mean technology-enhanced learning or:

The links, resources and guides here are to aid me in the dissemination process for my role of E-Learning Staff Tutor. This is a new role at my school and one that will evolve over time.

This blog takes part of its inspiration from Karl Fisch’s staff development blog, The Fischbowl. The way in which he has enthused and encouraged colleagues at his school is inspirational! πŸ™‚

Karl and others were responsible for producing a very influential video entitled Shift Happens, which is a great place to start if you wonder why educators need to start blending some elearning into their everyday practice. It has been modified for the UK by Ray Flemming: