Geo Field Trip.

Heidi's commute to work was daunting.

Heidi’s commute to work was daunting.

New ideas for using Twitter in the classroom appear daily. Regardless of the activity, we recommend that you have a separate school Twitter account. In this activity, we used Twitter and Google Earth to challenge students to get to know their locality better.

Why not… Discover local sites of historic interest on

The Activity

Ask learners to list historical sites in their locality. Ask them to read their lists to the class, allowing time for other groups to add ones they missed to their own lists. If needed, give them a Google Earth tutorial.

Why not… watch the beginners’ tutorials at

With their list in hand, ask them to use Google Earth to find the coordinates of each of the local historical sites. Remind them that they will need to be accurate because they will be using them to direct others.

When they’ve done this, Tweet some of the coordinates and see if they get responses from people who can name the location. We’ve found it helps to warn those on the network that your class will be doing this; otherwise they could have to wait days!

Why not… – Use Google Earth to search for historical imagery of your locality

Finally, ask them to look for photos of the sites on Which ones have been ‘pinned’? Are there any that haven’t? Discuss with them that in order to pin photographs they must either take the photos themselves, or find examples that are licence free. This is an excellent opportunity to discuss the importance of respecting others’ ‘online property’ and the dangers of using material that is owned by others without their permission.

Why not… Use to find copyright-free images.

Activity Support

  • Twitter account (one set up and sanctioned by the school)
  • Internet access

Added Value

Done in this way, students can explore their locality quickly and efficiently. It is not a replacement for field trips or visits but a way in which they can ‘visit’ multiple sites as many times as they like quickly and inexpensively.

Also good for…

Geography (locating physical and man-made features), Science (exploring the sun, moon and mars


Twitter, geotweets, coordinates, history, maps, locations, Google Earth, Pinterest

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2 Responses to “Geo Field Trip.”

  1. Jenny Hughes
    jen hughes July 8, 2013 at 09:29 #

    I’m loving Heidi’s commute to work – dairy cows now days are chipped and can operate all of the milking process electronically, on their own. She needs to wise up!

  2. nic daniels
    nic daniels July 8, 2013 at 14:40 #

    I agree! She must be exhausted by the time she gets home… and then she has to herd the goats and make Grandfather his tea.

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