Get Your Google Earth Going

There are so many innovative ways to use Google Earth with your students. Some of these may be familiar to you, but hopefully some are new and will help you improve upon a unit with your students.

Some of the educators behind these amazing projects are Thomas Cooper, Jerome Burg and Carol LaRow

Google Lit Trips
Each trip is an interactive multimedia experience created using Google Earth and stored as a KMZ file. (Although they may sound complex, KMZ files that run Google Earth are relatively easy to create and navigate.) Following Burg’s lead, teachers and students are creating their own virtual literary trips and sharing them with the online community.

Investigating Earthquakes Using Real Time Data
Students learn to how to integrate the use of real-time web-based technology in trying to solve a problem earthquakes cause scientists every day, earthquake forecasting.

Google Historical Voyages and Events
This site is dedicated to the explorers, voyages, events, and historical backgrounds of countries throughout the World. We’d like to hear about famous explorers who surveyed or traveled through your community long ago. Perhaps you’d like to tell us about historical events that shaped your locale or region. You may wish to report about a catastrophic event in your area. Or, you may want to tell us how your community was founded, its historical background, early settlers. Every community, every town, every country has a past, and we’d like to hear about yours.

Real World Math
This site is all about using Google Earth in the math classroom. Within this site you will find lesson ideas, examples, and downloads for mathematics that embrace active learning, constructivism, and project-based learning

Sally Ride Science Content for Google Earth
Take an educational tour through the universe beyond our own solar system with this preview of “It’s Astronomical!”, a series of books created and published by Sally Ride Science. Sally Ride Science is dedicated to fueling girls’ and boys’ interests in science, math and technology.

Google Earth Lessons
This site includes some how-to’s and lessons for your students in science, geography and math.

Google Earth Classroom Resources
From the folks at Google: popular methods to implement Google Earth in the classroom for a variety of subjects.

Thomas Cooper lists here the many collaborative Google Earth projects he has worked on with his students over the last few years.

I hope you find one or more of these projects and ideas helpful. I’m sure I missed many, so feel free to leave a comment with a link.

7 thoughts on “Get Your Google Earth Going

  1. I am a student at the University of South Alabama. I am in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class, and it is required that I comment on your blog. I will comment on this blog post and then another next week. Next week I will then post a blog summarizing what I learned from your blog. My twitter acount is @ancuzins and my blog address is

    I didn’t realize how much you could do with Google Earth. I think it would be so much fun to allow students to learn by traveling the world. Of course, no school has the money to do that literally, but students can let their imagination run wild. Thank you so much for the info, I am definitely going to write these things down so I can remember them for the future.

    Ashley Cousins

  2. I love Google Earth! Hi, I am also a student at the University of South Alabama, in Dr. Strange’s Educational Media class, required to comment. Google Earth is magnificent. This is a weird coincidence but I just recently heard about Google Earth (sad I know) and was instantly intrigued! So when I found out I was assigned to this post I was ecstatic to read and learn about all you can do with your students and how it can help them learn and grow! I think my favorite is the Historical Voyages, getting to hear about famous explorers and travelers and their adventures and experiences! How fun! Great job! Can’t wait to use Google Earth in the future!

  3. Hi Lisa

    Great post. I’m a fan of Google Earth, partly because of the wealth of teaching opportunities and mostly because my students love using it. I just completed a project with fifth graders where they recreated an immigrant’s tour from England to the colonies, discussing the benefits of each area. Students used their picture as a placemark and saved the folder of locations as a tour. What a wonderful way it became to reinforce their classroom discussion of American history.

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