Feb 7, 2012

Cool Tool: Google Earth

Google Earth allows you and your students to explore anywhere on the planet, through high-resolution aerial and satellite imagery, elevation terrain, road and street labels, business listings, and more. Imagine your students at the interactive board, spinning the Earth to locate the United States, navigating the seafloor of the Atlantic Ocean, or following the path of Lewis and Clark.

Google Earth is available as a free download for PC, Mac, or LINUX. It is also available as an app for mobile devices, already installed on the LMC iPads. A third option is GETeach, a browser based plug in.

Take a look at the navigation tutorial to see the basics of what you could do with Google Earth:

Learn More
Now that you see the basics, explore to see what else can be done using this tool:
  • Beginner Tutorials: Google produced video tutorials cover topics such as Street View; 3D Trees; Historical Imagery; Navigation; Searching for Places; Drawing and Measuring; Placemarks and Tours; Exploring Mars, Moon and Sky; Moon in Google Earth.
  • Google Earth product forum: Community of Google Earth users. Discussion of common questions and problems.

Resources for Lesson Plans and Ideas
  • Google Earth for Educators: Community for educators who utilize or are curious about Google Earth in the classroom.
  • Google Earth and Discovery Education unitedstreaming™: Small selection of lesson plans that utilize both Discover Education and Google tools.
  • Scholastic Explore Your Earth: Cross-curricular language arts, geography, and science program and contest, designed to help students in grades 6 through 8 learn about local and worldwide environmental issues.
  • Google Lit Trips: Lesson plans, Google Earth files, and activities that connect literature, geography and history. 
  • Google Touring: Step by step instructions on how to set up a virtual tour using Google Earth. Links to shared tours.

Make Way for Ducklings Google Earth Lit Trip

Explore the Seafloor in Google Earth