Teacher Review for Google Earth

Lets students use maps to view and interact with locations in their community and all over the globe!

Emily M.
Western Greenbrier Middle School
Crawley, United States
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My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts, Health & Wellness
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
How I Use It
In the past, I used it as part of an introduction to geocaching to teach students how to use latitude and longitude to find and log specific locations. Students learned to find specific locations by entering coordinates, and learned to record the coordinates of locations they found. This app can be used with thousands of different lessons through third-party sites or developed by individual teachers.
My Take
My 8th grade students loved using the tool, though the learning curve was fairly steep. Also, I found I spent a lot of time redirecting students who immediately started looking for their own houses or places in their community. In the future, I would give students a set period of time to learn to navigate the app by looking through their communities before beginning the lesson. The SAMR level of this app really depends on the lessons the teacher uses. It can be simply used as a substitution for maps and atlases, but could also be used all the way up the SAMR ladder as students plot waypoints, share coordinates, and link their coordinates to other materials in conjunction with other applications.