How I Use It
I help students follow in the footsteps of Christopher Columbus in one unit and then also help them view the terrain of the Japanese Internment camps during World War II. Both of these lessons allow me to help the students to make their own observations about the world. While embedding text and images into placemarks requires knowledge of HTML coding, it is worth the extra effort.
Google Earth has been out and available long enough for it to no longer be the "it" thing to do but it is still so much more than just a way to see your home from above. It takes a little bit more time to create a lesson that can be easily implemented with students by making and sharing a placemark file, but I feel like the work pays dividends in student engagement. The Web site Google Lit Trips makes this a bit easier and the new Google Earth "Experiment" called Google Earth Tour Builder has great potential to streamline this process and also to more easily make students into creators.