Knitting needles in the curriculum


It was a thing when I was in elementary school. If you went to your backyard and started digging, you could dig a hole to China. Apparently, it really was a thing but I never hear about it anymore.

The memory all came rushing back this morning as I was doing my daily wander around what’s new (to me).

The best memory from elementary school was a hands-on demonstration by our Social Studies teacher as to why it wasn’t possible. We had a globe in the classroom and, for some reason, he had a knitting needle. I’ll be honest; as long as I taught, I never had a knitting needle in my classroom. But he did.

So, he brought out the globe so that it was front and centre and we located just where we were. He used the knitting needle to go “straight down” which I still wonder about since going “straight down” on a globe seems to have so many different pictures in my mind.

This morning, I was reading about Floom from withGoogle. It’s purpose is explore the other side of the earth, giving a starting point you determine. So, I downloaded the app and off I was.

As I kind of predicted, I ended up in the Indian Ocean!

I just have to find an explanation for my wife for the hole in the rec room.

Fortunately, you can move your camera around a bit before telling Floom to start digging. The results are displayed on a Google Earth image. I did adjust things with the help of the App and ended up somewhere in Vietnam.

Playing with it and using the tips from Floom about whether I was over land or water was really helpful. When you do find land on the other side, a tap will take you to Google Earth so that you can explore just what you’ve found.

This was definitely more high tech than the knitting needle demonstration. And, of course, as an educator you can see all kinds of application in geography, mathematics, computer science, …

Where will your curiosity take you?

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