Back to School – Educational Uses with Google Earth

It is close to the end of summer in the northern hemisphere. Many kids are heading back to school after a summer break. For those of you who are educators and have thought, or heard, that Google Earth would make a good tool for geography lessons – let me suggest you look closer. Google Earth (GE) is not only a great tool for geography – it has the ability to entice kids to learn about information tied to location in a huge variety of important educational subjects. When you first load GE you have a wealth of information available at your fingertips. Thousands of aerial and satellite photos, dozens of layers of information: city names, country borders, airport locations, photos, road maps, National Geographic content, volcanoes, and more. Since Google Earth is an intuitive and fun tool, I believe you could use it as a visualization and educational tool for almost any subject. Once students prepare their own content, GE can be used to present their work – or even share their work with the world.
Below you will find a sample of possible useful content for Google Earth in a variety of subjects such as geography, literature, science, history, and more. Basically, any information which can be tied to a location on Earth can be illustrated, and made interesting, using GE. Juicy Geography is a web site, by Noel Jenkins in the UK, designed to help teachers learn more about tools like GE for the classroom and suggests possible lessons. Also, check out a summary of educational uses for Google Maps by GoogleMapsMania. And, Google has their own site on educational uses for Google Earth. Continue reading the rest of this post for more information.


Google Earth is a powerful visual tool for visualizing and presenting information tied to location. And now, with Google Earth 4.2 there are even more reasons to use GE in education (GE 4.2 adds the new Sky mode which is wonderful for astronomy lessons, the flight simulator mode for teaching about aviation, and a wealth of new features in KML 2.2 which will greatly enhance educational presentations with GE). GE can also be used as a tool for students to study or even prepare their own presentations. If I were an educator I would use GE for many topics. You can use the “Search” or “Categories” on Google Earth Blog to find more information. Or, you can go to the Google Earth Community to look for materials as well. Here are just a sample of some of the material available organized by subject:

Literature

Science

History

Geography

Try turning on the Geographic Web layer. How about basic geography information about countries of the world? Turn on the Borders layer. Or, try the CIA World Factbook for GE (more details).

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Comments

  1. It amazes me how useful Google Earth is, and can be.

  2. Raymond Rodrigues says:

    If I have my own website, how can I provide a link to a Google Tour on it?

  3. Derrick Hickman says:

    I zoomed and zoomed. Wow! This was very interesting. I zoomed to different parts of the world and saw countless opportunities to include math and social studies. This website gave me a chance to explore different parts of the world that I have never been (most of my students also) to. Think how this will benefit my students. The kids will love this site and at the same time they will be able to polish their skills in other subjects too.

  4. albert davis says:

    Google Earth is amazing. It is the closest thing to actually being there.

  5. Google Earth has always intrigued me. I could spend hours just looking up random stuff and not get bored!

  6. We can all agree Google Earth is fantastic! It’s so amazing.. Also in education! ;-)
    I also like the new Google Streetview.

  7. A neat tool that I have my social science students examine for possible use in their classrooms.

  8. Google Earth has so many uses. It helps us visualize the world outside our room. The street view is very helpful.

  9. Google Earth is fantastic and helping us to realize just how small we are. Thanks for the post and for pointing out even more uses of the wonderful program. Ann

  10. Don’t forget creative writing. I used Google Earth street view to explore the streets of NYC before I had been there, so I could write about it as if I had. It’s not exactly the same, but it certainly helps the imagination. We plan educational tours for student groups, and Google Earth would be a great way to learn about their destination before they go. This is a great post and a great tool for educators.

  11. Science teachers definitely must be having a field day with all the things they can do on Google Earth. In generally, teachers have many more tools at their disposal to give their students a better education.

  12. Today technology has grown and the usage of technology also increased. Using google earth is one among the best usage of technology. Other thing of using technology is online education or remote education.

  13. Google earth is really a awsome tool. Science teachers today have so many great tools at their disposal.

  14. I wish I was a student again and back in school. I can’t imagine how much easier it would be to learn today with all of the additional tools and technology such as Google Maps. I guess that may be conterbalanced by all the distractions such as Facebook :)

  15. This website gave me a chance to explore different parts of the world that I have never been. Thank you so much :)

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  19. Sometimes i still think of the good old fashion days, when a great tool like Google Earth was still considered to be ‘magic’. Still feels like that though, but to this new generation it’s just normal. Nowadays we cant go without these new technical tools!

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  25. I am planning to use GE in primary classes for English and Cono (geography and history).

  26. I love Google Earth, the best part is that my kids loves it too, so it’s easier to teach them about countrys, flags, population and stuff..
    Thanks for the info!

  27. Hi Thare! i need to say that i mainly use street view to explore other city’s outside my country, it helps me get in the vacation mood so that i can decide better where to go on holiday haha! Thanks for your good info! (sorry for my bad English im European) Good day everybody greetings

  28. I use Google Earth A Lot. I also like Google Universe It is a very good tool

  29. Some teachers might use Google street view as well, sometimes kids need to see what is out there..

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