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Sustainability 2014, 6(12), 8567-8591; doi:10.3390/su6128567

3D Virtual Itinerary for Education Using Google Earth as a Tool for the Recovery of the Geological Heritage of Natural Areas: Application in the “Las Batuecas Valley” Nature Park (Salamanca, Spain)

Department of Geology, Faculty of Sciences, Square Merced, University of Salamanca, Salamanca 37008, Spain
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Received: 11 October 2014 / Revised: 18 November 2014 / Accepted: 19 November 2014 / Published: 27 November 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Management of Geomorphological Heritage)
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The objective of this study is to develop a methodology that enhances the value and position of the geological heritage of any natural area in the world using a 3D virtual itinerary. Field applications of this geological itinerary enable students to participate actively in teaching and learning theoretical concepts in the earth sciences and engineering. The educational resources, which include a virtual itinerary, a flight simulator, a field notebook with questionnaires, videos, and an augmented reality developed with Google Earth, provide a familiar and effective learning environment that can be implemented by students daily using new technologies (smartphones, tablets, and iPods) and can leverage the power of computer games to achieve the objectives of a specific curriculum. The implementation of geological content in an interactive, educational game has been employed in compulsory levels of secondary education, high school, and college in Batuecas Valley. The geomatic applications are free as they can be accessed from existing computer labs. View Full-Text
Keywords: educational computing; Google Earth; 3D virtual tour; interactive learning environments; earth sciences educational computing; Google Earth; 3D virtual tour; interactive learning environments; earth sciences
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Martínez-Graña, A.M.; González-Delgado, J.; Pallarés, S.; Goy, J.L.; Llovera, J.C. 3D Virtual Itinerary for Education Using Google Earth as a Tool for the Recovery of the Geological Heritage of Natural Areas: Application in the “Las Batuecas Valley” Nature Park (Salamanca, Spain). Sustainability 2014, 6, 8567-8591.

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