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URL http://www.google.com/earth

"Google Earth lets you fly anywhere on Earth to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings, from galaxies in outer space to the canyons of the ocean.  You can explore rich geographical content, save your toured places, and share with others"

Account Types
  1. Go to http://www.google.com/earth
  2. Click the Download Google Earth Button.
  3. Open Google Earth to explore the Earth , seas and skies.
  4. Use the layers palatte to experiment with the many rich overlay components.
  5. Save and share your projects!
  6. View the Google Earth User Guide for any questions - http://earth.google.com/userguide


Suggested Inquiry Activities

Allow students to connect to a historical event or image by contrasting it with what it looks like today.
Use current satellite imagery to force students to question how/why an area has changed or remained the same over the years. 
Google Earth provides students with a wealth of information from organizations such as National Geographic, Discovery, NASA, Greenpeace, Unicef and many more, allowing them to investigate an infinite number of ideas and locations.
Through the use of the many resources described in the Investigate stage, students will find valueable answers to many questions they posed in the Wonder stage allowing them to construct new knowledge and understandings about the Earth, seas and skies.
Google Earth allows students to save placemarks, overlays, text descriptions and entire tours.  This provides them with a wide range of possibilities for expressing their new understandings.  Saved projects can then be shared and collaborated with other students or teachers for rich learning experiences.


What Teachers Like About Google Earth





Teacher Tips For Using the Tool





Common Core State Standards





AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learner


Organizing and Managing
  • 2.1.2 - Organize knowledge so that it is useful
  • 2.1.4 - Use technology and other information tools to analyze and organize information
  • 3.1.4 - Use technology and other information tools to organize and display knowledge and understanding in ways that others can view, use and assess
Content Collaboration
  • 1.3.4 - Contribute to the exchange of ideas within a learning community
  • 3.1.2 - Participate and collaborate as members of a social and intellectual network of learners
  • 3.1.4 - Use technology and other information tools to organize and display knowledge and understanding in ways that others can view, use and assess
Media Sharing
  • 2.1.4 - Use technology and other information tools to organize and display knowledge and understanding in ways that others can view, use and assess
  • 3.3.4 - Create products that apply to authentic, real-world context
  • 4.1.8 - Use creative and artistic formats to express personal learning


ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) NETS Standards




Primary Sources Example

Google Earth was used to create an interactive map of the Japanese attacks on Pearl Harbor


Pearl Harbor.kmz

(Note: Must have Google Earth installed to view)




Student Work Showcase





Getting Started

Google Earth Beginner Tutorials








Tutorials: Navigation






Tutorials: Historical Imagery






Tutorials: Searching Places






Tutorials: Placemarks and Tours


TPS Tuesday Archived Recording

TPS Tuesday, the monthly webinar offered by the Teaching with Primary Sources Technology Committee, featured Google Earth presented by Dan Wilk from TPS at Loyola.  

Watch the full archived recording here: http://tpscolorado.adobeconnect.com/p86yo5d40gb/



World Wind

World Wind lets you zoom from satellite altitude into any place on Earth. Leveraging Landsat satellite imagery and

Shuttle Radar Topography Mission data, World Wind lets you experience Earth terrain in visually rich 3D, just as if you were really there.


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