Teacher Review for Google Earth

Google Earth is a great way to show students the world from the classroom.

Timothy H.
Classroom teacher
Hudson Middle School
Hudson, United States
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My Subjects English Language Arts, Social Studies
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
When we are talking about places in Social Studies, I use Google Earth to show them where it is and how far away it is. They can see actual satellite imagery of what we are studying i.e. the Pyramids of Egypt. In the case of the Pyramids, it gave them perspective about their size and relation to other sites nearby that we talked about. Even though we had seen other photographs and videos, this somehow seemed more real to them because I was actually manipulating what we saw.
My Take
I like to use Google Earth to show students where places are in the world. It also shows relation to other places. It gives students a visual and perspective of what we are talking about. There is not much actual learning about the places from Google Earth, but it is an excellent support in my lessons.