Learning Adventures – Another Example

Sometime ago I wrote a post about a simple rhetoric shift from ‘assigments’ to Learning Advetures and thought I would share another example. It involves finding a satellite image and having students perform imagery analysis.

Imagery analysis is a discipline which uses some of the most sophisticated science and technology available. An Imagery Analyst is a person with a well-rounded education, an inquisitive and analytical mind, and a highly developed mental skill and knowledge set.

The following Learning Adventure is deep, rich, has inherent cross-curricular opportunities and promotes all of the 21st century skills that have been talked about so often.


Assuming the image is oriented with the top towards north, in which hemisphere is the facility located? (Can we assume this? What happens if this is not the case?)
At what approximate time of day was this image taken?
What led you to this determination?
In which season was this image taken?
What led you to this determination?
Is it a working day?

What is the approximate length of the large white dome?
What do you think the large dome is part of?
What type of facility is depicted in the whole image?

What function do the 2 triangular buildings to the south-east of the dome serve?

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