Teacher Review For Google Earth

A digital gateway to the world

James P.
Classroom teacher
Friendship Christian School
Raleigh, NC
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My Grades 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 5
Support 3
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
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
My students have enjoyed the time we've spent with Google Earth. We often explore locations discussed in geography and history class. I like that the students can zoom in on locations and explore 3D models of many historic buildings. We have explored the tomb of King Tutankhamun, climbed the peak of Mt. Everest, and dived to the bottom of the Marianas Trench. My students have also used the streetview feature to "walk through history." It's a wonderful tool for exploring the world.
My Take
Today's students are undeniably global citizens. It's important for them to learn more about the world around them as they study different cultures. With Google Earth, students can explore almost any region in the world. I like that Google Earth contains a large wealth of interactive content. The students can examine pictures and videos as they study a country to learn more about it. 3D models and street view add to the educational experience. These features allow students to embark on virtual field trips around the world! One downside is that Google Earth requires a fast internet connection.