Google Earth is versatile enough to apply across the curriculum. What better way to connect learning to the real world than to integrate the actual real world into learning? The built-in tours and lessons in the Voyager section include tours related to travel, nature, culture, sports, history, and more, such as taking a trip to a wildlife reserve in Kenya, investigating indigenous cultural heritage in Canada, or hiking through the national parks of North America. Students can also relive the Votes for Women movement or travel along on the Underground Railroad. Younger students can focus on the alphabet by finding ABCs in satellite imagery. Voyager includes guided tours from scientists, nonprofits, and others, such as BBC Earth and National Geographic. Your class can travel back in time and view places to see how they've changed, see how states have voted in past elections, view historical maps, explore world biomes, dive deep into the ocean, or learn how the physical landscape has dictated urban sprawl.
If those ideas aren't enough, here are a few more: Compare the appearance (in 3D!) of volcanoes or use tools to measure their diameter and altitude. Analyze the architecture of European castles, or just look at where famous monarchs lived. View how Las Vegas has changed since 1950. With Street View, travel the narrowest of waterways in Venice, walk the streets of Disneyland Paris, or hike canyons in the United States. For more advanced lessons, build your own tours around the world with the Tour Builder, create a Timelapse to show the change of Earth features over time, or build your own KML files (tutorials are available on the Google website) for even more customization options.Continue reading Show less
Google Earth is an interactive map of the entire planet and beyond, available on the web when using the Google Chrome browser. Its panoramic views of everything from personal homes to potential military installations are compiled from satellite images, aerial photography, and 3D graphical information systems. Students can tilt and rotate the map, and zoom in wherever they like. They can also see latitude and longitude coordinates and elevation, and can measure distances.
The site's absolutely packed with interactive tools to examine our planet. Kids can view it, measure it, or create and share original content about it. 2D and 3D views switch back and forth between a map feel and an immersive experience. Street View shows ground-level images around towns, and different options show weather, catalog volcanoes, reveal shipwrecks, and more. The Voyager feature highlights points of interest in places around the world and throughout history with gorgeous pre-built tours made by scientists, nonprofits, and other sources. There are also Timelapses that show how the Earth has changed over time. Everywhere you look, cool features exist to explore the planet Earth: Search for specific locations and learn facts from the included Knowledge Cards, explore random destinations, or make maps and tours related to any topic across the curriculum with narration, video, and photos.
For advanced users, KML (Keyhole Markup Language) files -- a special file format used to display geographical data -- can be used to map scientific data, plan field trips, and more. A large number of tutorials are available along with additional help, such as the Google Earth Community forum, but you do have to go digging for it all.
A good virtual tool permits realistic investigation of things you'll probably never see in person, like atoms or your brain. With a mega-palette of features to probe land and sea, Google Earth is, without a doubt, a fantastic virtual tool. It's a fun and educational activity for students to explore on their own, or teachers can create their own maps and assignments for students. Once students and teachers get the hang of how it works, the possibilities are endless.
Students can learn about any place on Earth: the ocean floor, the North Pole, the Sahara desert, and more. They can observe places up close and explore any of the built-in Voyages, including exploring the world's volcanoes, examining current weather radar, going on a deep sea dive, or touring UNESCO World Heritage sites. It's incredible. Students can also bookmark their favorite sites to return to them later. Younger students can just explore -- zooming, rotating, and clicking -- or they can follow lessons already available or built by their teacher. Older students can develop their own tours or a Timelapse with built-in functionality and share their presentations with the class. Given enough time with this tool and some basic direction, students will learn much about our planet's geography, history, and living culture.
Key Standards Supported
Geometric Measurement And Dimension
Identify the shapes of two-dimensional cross-sections of three- dimensional objects, and identify three-dimensional objects generated by rotations of two-dimensional objects.
Solve problems involving scale drawings of geometric figures, including computing actual lengths and areas from a scale drawing and reproducing a scale drawing at a different scale.
Draw (freehand, with ruler and protractor, and with technology) geometric shapes with given conditions. Focus on constructing triangles from three measures of angles or sides, noticing when the conditions determine a unique triangle, more than one triangle, or no triangle.
Describe the two-dimensional figures that result from slicing three- dimensional figures, as in plane sections of right rectangular prisms and right rectangular pyramids.
Solve real-world and mathematical problems involving area, volume and surface area of two- and three-dimensional objects composed of triangles, quadrilaterals, polygons, cubes, and right prisms.
Measurement And Data
Solve real world and mathematical problems involving perimeters of polygons, including finding the perimeter given the side lengths, finding an unknown side length, and exhibiting rectangles with the same perimeter and different areas or with the same area and different perimeters.
Apply the area and perimeter formulas for rectangles in real world and mathematical problems. For example, find the width of a rectangular room given the area of the flooring and the length, by viewing the area formula as a multiplication equation with an unknown factor.
Key Standards Supported
Earth and Human Activity
Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how the uneven distributions of Earth’s mineral, energy, and groundwater resources are the result of past and current geoscience processes.
Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth’s systems.
Analyze geoscience data and the results from global climate models to make an evidence-based forecast of the current rate of global or regional climate change and associated future impacts to Earth systems.
Use a computational representation to illustrate the relationships among Earth systems and how those relationships are being modified due to human activity.
Earth’s Place in the Universe
Use information from several sources to provide evidence that Earth events can occur quickly or slowly.
Identify evidence from patterns in rock formations and fossils in rock layers to support an explanation for changes in a landscape over time.
Evaluate evidence of the past and current movements of continental and oceanic crust and the theory of plate tectonics to explain the ages of crustal rocks.
Apply scientific reasoning and evidence from ancient Earth materials, meteorites, and other planetary surfaces to construct an account of Earth’s formation and early history.
Use and share observations of local weather conditions to describe patterns over time.
Develop a model to represent the shapes and kinds of land and bodies of water in an area.
Obtain information to identify where water is found on Earth and that it can be solid or liquid.
Obtain and combine information to describe climates in different regions of the world.
Make observations and/or measurements to provide evidence of the effects of weathering or the rate of erosion by water, ice, wind, or vegetation.
Analyze and interpret data from maps to describe patterns of Earth’s features.
Develop a model using an example to describe ways the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and/or atmosphere interact.
Develop a model to describe the cycling of Earth’s materials and the flow of energy that drives this process.
Construct an explanation based on evidence for how geoscience processes have changed Earth’s surface at varying time and spatial scales.
Analyze and interpret data on the distribution of fossils and rocks, continental shapes, and seafloor structures to provide evidence of the past plate motions.
Develop a model to describe the cycling of water through Earth’s systems driven by energy from the sun and the force of gravity.
Collect data to provide evidence for how the motions and complex interactions of air masses results in changes in weather conditions.
Develop and use a model to describe how unequal heating and rotation of the Earth cause patterns of atmospheric and oceanic circulation that determine regional climates.
Develop a model to illustrate how Earth’s internal and surface processes operate at different spatial and temporal scales to form continental and ocean-floor features.
Analyze geoscience data to make the claim that one change to Earth’s surface can create feedbacks that cause changes to other Earth systems.
Develop a model based on evidence of Earth’s interior to describe the cycling of matter by thermal convection.
Plan and conduct an investigation of the properties of water and its effects on Earth materials and surface processes.
Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.
Develop a model to describe the cycling of matter and flow of energy among living and nonliving parts of an ecosystem.
Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.
Evaluate the claims, evidence, and reasoning that the complex interactions in ecosystems maintain relatively consistent numbers and types of organisms in stable conditions, but changing conditions may result in a new ecosystem.