Exploring History & Geography with Google Earth

India Literacy Project (ILP) created the Multi-Dimensional Learning Space (MDLS) initiative as a during-school and after-school program that provides opportunities for school children to explore, experiment, discover, and learn in multiple ways. MDLS fully aligns with UN’s sustainable development goal of Quality Education that calls for equitable quality education. The concept of schools as Multi-Dimensional Learning Spaces is based on the foundation that equal importance should be given to all aspects of the curriculum and one learning style doesn't work for all. Learning should involve visual, auditory and experiential methods and does not stop at school; it can happen anywhere and anytime.

Social Sciences with Google Tools

As a part of its MDLS program, ILP has been working in partnership with Google to create interactive content for students to learn the Social Sciences (History & Geography). Using Google Earth, Google Maps, and Street View, the ILP team - including ILP-Youth volunteers - created interactive content that is mapped to the school curriculum of 4 states (Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Telangana) for Grades 5 through 10.

This powerful education package shows historical sites, flows of rivers, and kingdoms of various rulers. Teachers and students have eagerly embraced this new visual learning aid. Tailored content for each grade has enabled the teacher to navigate the curriculum in an easy manner. Even as they sit in their classrooms, students in rural India can now virtually visit the places they are learning about, and begin to understand and appreciate the cultural history and the wonders of our planet. The teachers observed that these tools created interesting conversations in the classroom as the students engaged with the content.

It is imperative for new generations to understand their legacy and seek new horizons. Students needs to see history as more than memorizing dates and geography as more than drawing maps. Through this partnership with Google Earth, ILP has made history and geography come alive with new tools and media content that capture the imagination of young minds as they seek to explore the world around them, both past and present.

MDLS Vision

ILP’s vision of schools as Multi-Dimensional Learning Spaces is to offer a wide variety of academic inputs and non-academic exposure to children so that they not only excel academically, but also learn about themselves, and discover their interests & abilities. We hope to develop individuals who are capable, confident, inquisitive and value-aware. Our ultimate goal is to see every Government School in India set up as a Multi-Dimensional Learning Space equipped with:

 

  • A smart/experiential classroom
  • Low cost Science Kit/Maths lab/Models and interactive content for Social Sciences
  • Improved reading levels both in mother tongue and English through a unique library program
  • Teacher training, regular follow up and supporting digital infrastructure to enable teachers
  • Inter-School competitions as a platform for hands-on projects and cross-school learning
  • Exposure and counseling appropriate for the local economy and careers outside the local economy

 

We want to set up MDLS as a model that can be replicated by the Government, the Schools or any other NGO. ILP is implementing this model in a few taluks at scale across three states. Our MDLS program now covers 200 schools reaching over 17,500 students and 1000+ teachers.

Read more about our MDLS program here.