השבוע, לאואר כותב בבלוג שלו על המורה לטכנולוגיה (ולמוסיקה!) בבית הספר שלו שמשתמש בכלים של גוגל כחלק אינטגראלי מפרויקט העוסק בתכנון בתים ושכונות. לאואר כותב שהמורה:
has been working with his 4th and 5th grade students learning Google Sketch-Up. They are currently creating houses, learning how to wrap textures, place objects and manipulate the environment within in Sketch-Up. This is leading up to a planned community building activity, both figuratively and literally. … Tony has been searching Google Earth looking for housing developments that are partially completed.
For example he recently found a location in Google Earth that had streets and cul-de-sacs laid, but construction had not yet started. He used the path tools within Google Earth to create lots. After the students become a bit more familiar with Sketch-Up, Tony will assign them specific lots in the housing development with the idea that each student will build a home on a lot. Part of the process will involve discussion of zoning and building codes. The students will decide on rules and regulations for their community. I’m looking forward to watching the process develop.