Teacher Review For Google Earth

What a perfect site to teach the core subjects.

Ben B.
Washington Elementary School
Warsaw, IN
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
My Subjects Math, Science
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 5
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Homework
Individual
Knowledge gain
Practice
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
How I Use It
The best use of this is to make sure every student has a laptop. It also works well in pairs, any more than two per laptop and the teacher needs to assign specific roles to each student. With math we use the rule to measure and convert between objects. We also use it to find area. In history we do everything from longitude to latitude to state capitols to world history. Using Google earth they take screen shots of locations (capitals for example) and they create/write using those pictures a travel guide or a bucket list of places they want to visit before they die (bucket list). In science we use the information provided in the layers (Arkive) plus the astronomy features to study standards that relate to those topics. We always try and incorporate writing into these activities.
My Take
I think google earth is a great online tool to use to teach a variety of topics. Our STEM academy has used this to teach topics in history, science, math and literacy.