“Helping Students Develop Imagery Skills with GeoMapApp and Google Earth” with Andrew Goodwillie and Steve Kluge (Feb 2009)

by | Jul 24, 2023 | GeoMapApp, Uncategorized

Originally presented 7 Feb 2009

Rapid advances have been made in the development of digital technologies to represent our planet, and in the applications of such resources in classrooms to enhance student achievement. Dr. Andrew Goodwillie has been a leader in this field through the GeoMapApp and Virtual Ocean projects created at LDEO. In this session, he will share some of the latest progress in using these for Earth Science Education.
Joining Andrew is Steve Kluge, an award-winning NYS Earth Science teacher who has become a leader in educational applications of Google Earth and other electronic data bases. Andrew and Steve recently received a National Science Foundation Grant to create GeoMapApp classroom-ready materials directly connected with the New York State Earth Science Core Curriculum.
If possible, please bring your own laptops.

Cutting-Edge Research

GeoMapApp and Virtual Ocean are free tools developed by Lamont scientists for exploring and discovering geoscience data.
They have been used by middle and high school classes as well as research scientists. Teachers can utilize these tools to teach introductory earth sciences and oceanography concepts, such as seafloor spreading, contouring, gravity, 3-D geospatial awareness and much more. Students can create short authentic research projects. In addition to drawing on the wealth of built-in data sets, users can import, view, and manipulate their own data tables.

In the workshop, we’ll provide an introduction and plenty of hands-on demonstrations. Please bring your own laptops. Materials will be provided for free.

URLs: www.geomapapp.org,        www.virtualocean.org

Dr. Goodwillie is an Associate Research Scientist in LDEO’s Division of Marine Geology & Geophysics. His research has focused on innovative tools to visualise the hidden ocean floor, and use these to help educate the next generation of scientists and students.  

Classroom Resources

Marine Geoscience Data System:

Search for Data:

Other “really neat” tools you can try:

Other Resources for This Topic

MGDS: Marine Geoscience Data System

MGDS: GeoMapApp

 GeoMapApp tutorials

MGDS: Virtual Ocean

MGDS: Search for Data


MGDS: RIDGE 2000 Data Portal

MGDS: Global Multi-Resolution Topography Data Portal
VIS Lab: Remote Sensing Image Analysis Laboratory

PetDB: Petrological Database of the Ocean Floor

SedDB: Data Collection for Marine Sediment Geochemistry

SESAR: System for Earth Sample Registration

Integrating Educational Technologies

General suggestions: Integrating Educational Technologies into Your Classrooms

Your assignment: Evaluate GeoMapApp as a format to use in your own classroom.

1) What characteristics make GeoMapApp effective as a classroom teaching tool?

2) When should GeoMapApp be used for full-class instruction, and when should they be used for small groups or individual projects?

3) Describe strategies to locate suitable GeoMapApp resources for your classes.


4) Design a lesson plan that incorporates at least one GeoMapApp-based activity .

E2C Follow-up:

You may send your model lesson and other responses to this “assignment” to michael@earth2class.org. If suitable, we will post your work in the E2C lesson plans and/or add them to this section of the Workshop website.


To view images from this workshop: