More ideas for using Google Earth in the classroom

lucas.jpgLucas Van de paer has a blog at teacher.be that highlights great ways to use technology in the classroom. One of his recent posts was titled 100 Ways Google Can Make You a Better Educator. It’s full of great ideas using a wide variety of Google products (Sites, Gmail, Calendar, etc), but we’ll focus on his ideas for using Google Earth specifically:
Share a 3D model of the world: With Google Earth, students will have access to a 3D model that can be grabbed, spun or zoomed in on.
Set up science projects: Science projects like global warming can be done using Google Earth.
Create a Google Earth tour: You can create a quick Google tour of any location.
Work on Google Earth models: Using Google Earth and SketchUp, you can create models of a location.
Scavenger hunt: Use Google Earth to create a scavenger hunt for students.
Travel the real earth: Use Google Earth to travel explorations, migrations, history, and more.
Make placemarks: Include live pictures and more with placemarks.
Share heritage: Students can use Google Earth and other tools to show where they and their families are from.
Over the years, we’ve shown you a variety of ways to use Google Earth in the classroom. In fact, just a few weeks ago we highlighted Josh Williams and his excellent GEteach site.
If you’re a teacher and have incorporated Google Earth into your class, leave a comment and tell us about it!

About Mickey Mellen

Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.



Comments

  1. I frequently use GE in my 6th History class to show historic sites, to measure objects and distances, to tour 3D models of sites, to do scavenger hunts, even add/import other people’s models from Warehouse into GE for my students to see.
    One neat thing I recently started doing was to import historic 3D buildings and place them on top of my school in South Carolina. The oohhhs and aaahhhs from my students have let me know that I was on to something. We’ve put the Pyramid of Kufu, the Kaaba in Mecca, Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Roman Coliseum, the Notre Dame, and more to come on top of school. In fact, students have been asking me to “put that on top of our school!” This gives students an awesome perspective on the size of historic buildings.
    I also use the 3D Connexion Space Navigator to tour famous places. No class GE field trip is complete without this tool!!!

  2. DikDik Pellek says:

    Thanks for sharing. I also use Google Earth to display before-after scenes of recent construction activity; and to re-trace my routes on past mountain climbs. Use of red line route markers helps the readers focus.

  3. Also, I use GE to school. I show them the overlayed old maps on the present city – thanks to the transparency of the old maps and satellite images – they can see which way ran the state border (new housing estates in Gdansk) or see the railway station stands in place of the former moat. I like the graphs of: “Show Elevation Profile”. Sometimes I use option to play the tour itinerary – push play and the kids are laughing, because they see that the city was flattened as if run over by a roller. (google translator)Also, I use GE to school. I show them the overlayed old maps on the present city – thanks to the transparency of the old maps and satellite images – they can see which way ran the state border (new housing estates in Gdansk) or see the railway station stands in place of the former moat. I like the graphs of: “Show Elevation Profile”. Sometimes I use option to play the tour itinerary – push play and the kids are laughing, because they see that the city was flattened as if run over by a roller.(google translator)

  4. I also use google earth but not yet in school. soon I’m going to try google earth.
    Sorry for my bad english.

  5. As a geography teacher I regularly use Google Earth – whether it is on the board at the front of the class or getting students to use it on individual machines.
    I have been promoting the use of Google Earth in all subject areas of my school and have produced a website to act of a store of teaching suggestions:
    http://geclassroom.geographyalltheway.com/

  6. I use Google maps to track flight routes. It would be interesting to show children some simple flight paths with Google Earth, perhaps challenging them to answer why a small aircraft would take the route it did?

  7. GPS for all Is great application and i used it daily via my Apple phone. its a great idea to use this in classroom that you can learn via Google maps.

  8. The evolution GPS application such as Google earth is really awesome. i used it daily via my Apple phone. its a great idea to use this in classroom that you can learn via Google maps.

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