Teacher Review For Google Earth

This is an awesome app to bring the real world view into the classroom.

Stephanie C.
Classroom teacher
Renaissance High School
Detroit, MI
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My Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, Social Studies
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 5
Support 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Individual
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
General
How I Use It
We examined crime statistics, scouted the area, and then looked at the surrounding areas to theorize as to why those stats might exist. The students then had to problem-solve and design solutions that might be utilized to lower the crime rates.
My Take
Google Earth allows teachers and students to travel on in-class field trips to places that would otherwise be impossible. The students loved being to zoom to locations and I thought it was a great tool to allow them to see locations in relationship to those places around them.