Google Earth

Google Earth for Educators - Google's resources for teachers on Google Earth. Classroom resources, tips and tutorials, sharing community, student showcase
Google Earth Blog - Postings on tips, new updates, tutorial YouTube videos, how-to's, basics, and more.
Google Earth Beginner Tutorials - Videos that will help you get started in Google Earth. For Advanced features & tutorials
Google Earth Classroom Resources - ideas on popular methods to implement Google Earth in the classroom for a variety of subjects
Google Earth YouTube- dedicated portion of YouTube just for Google Earth videos - how to's, showcases, new and cool, and much more.
Google Earth Links by The File Cabinet - collection of links to resources and ideas on Google Earth - lessons, ideas, teaching tools
Making Locations in Google Earth
Google Earth User Guide - Looks at the basic functions, interface, and using Google Earth. Lots of screenshots.
Google Earth Lessons - How-to's, teacher lessons/activities, and student activities
Google Earth Tips - learn more about how to both create your own tours and how to use & add elements to existing tours
Google Earth Intro - includes what's new in version 5, tutorials for the different aspects.
Google Earth Cool Places - Includes links (searchable, by category) of selected areas around the world. Read a synopsis of the place and click to go to that place in Google Earth.

How to Embed a Video and Save your KMZ File
To add an image in a placemark bubble, type this code <img src="imageurl.jpg”>, with the "imageurl" being the direct location for that image on the internet (in Google - See full size image)

Create Narrated Tours with KML Touring - step by step with visuals
Create a Narrated Tour - includes video


  • 24 Interesting Ways of using Google Earth in Your Classroom
  • Google Earth for Educators: 50 Exciting ways to use in your classroom - virtual tours, lessons, and ideas K-12
  • Google Earth 101 for Educators - lessons and curricular ideas, tutorials
  • Google Lit Trips - collection of virtual literary trips of well known books for students K-12, in KMZ format
  • Use real-time web-based technology to forecast earthquakes
  • GoAPES Wiki - examples of collaborative Google Earth Projects for environmental science at the HS & college level
  • Google Earth Tours- Search by subject, popularity, features (i.e. ocean, nature, 3D buildings)
  • Measure distances of items or between places
  • Primary Students
    • Locate features within your community (i.e. ponds, rivers, buildings, roads) or community helper places such as fire station, police station, school, library, hospital, etc.
    • Practice using the compass to identify cities or geographical features within a specified direction of the starting place
  • Upper Elementary
    • Identify natural resources and geographical features in a certain area
    • Examine some rural and urban areas (including the geography) and discuss why people settle there and how the geography influences their way of life
      • Give students some placemarks of certain locations and ask students to determine whether this would be a good place to settle and why
    • Use the time zone overlay to view the different time zones of the world
    • Locate places using the latitude/longitude, as well as identifying the major lines of the earth (i.e. equator, Tropic of Cancer)
    • Use the Population Dynamics layer to show the population distribution around the world
    • Create a tour tracing the route of a famous explorer
  • Math
    • Measure distances (i.e. between stars or length of a mountain range), angles, depths, or elevations
    • Calculate and compare sizes of items
    • Real World Math has many more ideas for using Google Earth in math - lessons, examples, and resources
  • Science
    • Use the Moon, Mars, and Sky modes to explore aspects in astronomy and great images of these places. The moon mode, for example, includes video of the Apollo landing site and audio recordings.
    • For environmental studies, explore the climate data layers
    • Look at endangered species habitats

  • Social Studies
    • Look at historical imagery in Google Earth and compare/contrasts with present-day views
    • Trace the path of military battles, explorations, etc. Follow the historical voyages of explorers or historical events that shaped a region
    • Go on virtual field trips to famous sites
    • Record a narrated tour of a selected place (town, state, country) as part of a tourism campaign
    • Use the KML Factbook to create layers of demographic data
    • US and World History Google Earth tours

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