The built environment
Investigating our built surroundings is a valid rewarding activity for pupils at all levels.
It encourages reflective thinking and develops knowledge of design and architecture, enhancing pupils critical skills and their ability to think independently.
Virtual tours do not replace first hand experience but can open up areas which are otherwise difficult areas to explore in reality.
Recording these investigations graphically develops a far clearer understanding of detail, structure, pattern and materials forming the elements of our towns and cities.
Again, first hand exploration is ideal, but being able to access varied areas with a virtual tour can make it much easier to draw comparisons between very different surroundings.
3D image to Map
Relating a photographic image to a map or diagram can be testing. Clue need to be translated for this to happen effectively. Again this requires close observation and making connections.