Teacher Review For Google Earth

Great for maps, lots of possibilities depending on your input time

Brian M.
Classroom teacher
Hilton High School
Hilton, NY
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My Grades 9, 12
My Subjects 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 More than 15 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Homework
Individual
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
ELL
General
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I have used this by showing my students areas of the world and how beautiful they are but then contrasting that with the natural disaster potential (earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, landslides) via google "layers" that can be shown on the map. Places of paradise are soon viewed with caution by my students and this is a great learning tool and discussion starter- should people be able to live wherever they want to?
My Take
Depending on the time you are willing to invest, this can make a huge impact on your students' learning. On the surface, this looks like google maps- you can see the map view, satellite view, etc...- upon closer inspection (and data driven work) you can really make maps come alive be overlaying layers to the maps.