Educational Uses for Google Earth

Nearly every year at this time, I make sure to remind educators – and students – that Google Earth is a great tool for education. It’s not just about learning about geography, Google Earth is a platform that lets you put practically any learning into geospatial context. Not only that, but it is a very versatile 3D presentation tool for teaching things, or for students to present their assignments (and maybe get a great grade for such an innovative way of presenting their hard work!).
And, don’t forget that Google Earth isn’t confined to Earth. Google Earth 5 also has Sky (perfect for astronomy classes), Mars for Google Earth, Ocean for Google Earth, and the brand new Moon for Google Earth. And, you can add on other planets as well – see Jupiter for example.
Another new feature in GE 5 that could help teachers and students is the touring capability. Here are two great examples of what tours can do that might open your eyes for educational applications: Apollo 11 Tour, and a news overview Tour of Afghanistan. Read more about Tours.
Here are some links to some important resources on the subject of Google Earth for education:

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. A timely reminder of educational uses.
    I agree with you that tours can be very useful educationally, not only to watch but also for students to *produce themselves* in projects and assignments.
    Google Outreach have produced advice on how to do this:
    And I’ve produced some tutorials of my own:

  2. Hello Frank,
    Another great example, My Wonderful World,
    the orientation quiz link at has been broken, the Quiz and other educational kmz’s can still be loaded from

  3. You can Use Google Earth for Education Purpose Here You can learn About Our Geometric Area and all kind for Application who use in this matched here some certification exam that can hep you learn about this

  4. This is a great post for Google Earth and Educational Uses. We are about to embark on a sailing trip around the world building micro courses in Geography for students. Great tips!

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