Innovative and more interactive, the new Google Earth interface is set to revolutionise education in the world, however, is India ready to handle the extra baggage of map security?
Google now uses the images from US Landsat 8 satellite for clearer and cloudless maps with high-resolution imagery. The Google Earth version revamped and rolled out a few months back came with a number of fresh features including ‘Voyager’, a special section that aims to take classroom education to a whole new level. Google said in a statement that these guided tours were designed by leading storytellers, scientists and nonprofits of the world offering a much-advanced interface. Fun and interactive, the new Google Earth is launched with partners such as NASA, BBC Earth and Sesame Street, the iconic American children’s show.
Reported on Monday, June 26 at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) gathering in San Antonio, Texas, the new substance incorporates Voyager modules from any semblance of National Geographic and PBS Education. There’s additionally new material from science-based HHMI Biointeractive and sea-centred Mission Blue, all widening the scope of topic offered by the Voyager.
Google is likewise extending Expeditions, another of its drives for giving educators more choices in the classroom. Expeditions is a virtual reality (VR) apparatus that offers understudies the next best thing to a genuine field trip.
Utilising Google’s Cardboard watcher, understudies can inundate themselves in faraway areas and take in more by means of rich substance installed in the Expedition.
The organisation said at the current week’s meeting that it’s going to dispatch an “independently directed mode” for Expeditions “so anybody can get to more than 600 virtual field stumbles all alone”.
Students who favour a performance outing can browse an assortment of experiences — think Great Barrier Reef, the Great Wall of China, and even places liable to be off the school trip list for some time yet, for example, Mars — and take in more about the place as though they were there investigating face to face.
Exceptional classroom packs provided by Google incorporate Asus cell phones, Cardboard watchers, or Mattel View-Masters to change the telephones into VR headsets, a tablet that empowers the instructor to coordinate VR visits, and a switch that enables Expeditions to keep running without a web association.
India’s stringent map laws
Citing concerns over global terrorism threats and sensitive issues related to international boundaries, India had already expressed a strict regime (Geospatial Information Regulation Bill) for maps in the course of events over the last few months.
A series of controversies involving Twitter, Facebook and Google surfaced in May, when online maps showed Kashmir and other disputed areas as part of China or Pakistan. While land claims have already resulted in five wars in the history of the nation, India maintains its stand regarding the sensitivity of border issues. As per the new laws, any digital map of India will need a licence or approval from the government before it goes on air for public viewing.