Teacher Review For Google Earth

Geography Rocks My World

Craig S.
Media specialist/librarian
Sanislo Elementary School
Seattle, WA
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
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 Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Homework
Individual
Teacher-led lessons
Great with Advanced learners
ELL
General
How I Use It
During a book talk lesson I enjoy having students discover and follow the settings of both fiction and non fiction. It's a standard addition to subjects like "Westward Expansion" and "Lewis and Clark" for 4-5th graders. Few free tools offer the depth, breadth and power as Google Earth, and it should be required download/install on all educational workstations in schools.
My Take
Google Earth is one of the greatest geography tools available today. Virtual field trips,open ended exploration and learning to create and save tours are some of the most popular tech lab activities in my school.