Teacher Review for Google Earth

Create interactive narratives, timelines, and maps to support fiction and informational texts.

Mary K.
Technology coordinator
Erie 1 BOCES
West Seneca, United States
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My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts
My Rating
Learning Scores
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
Knowledge gain
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
I have created virtual timelines for biographical and historical study, for students starting in 4th Grade. I have had students create their own researched placemarks, to be added to a class map. An example of a Google "Literature Trip" that I have created is for the book "On the Same Day in March" by Marilyn Singer. For each of the locations mentioned in the book, I included an embedded image of the location to give students a better idea of what the climate of that location is like, as well as an embedded widget for the current weather/time in that location. My hope is that this will enhance student interest in the book, as well as enhance their understanding of Earth and Space Science.
My Take
The real benefit of Google Earth is the ability to create .KMZ files of "Placemarks" and "Paths." The placemarks can include not only information or questions to extend student understanding of and engagement in the topic, but also images, embedded videos, widgets, and supporting web sites, provided you are not afraid of a little HTML! You can also create Google "Literature Trips" for books or literary themes you are studying. By adding "Paths" between placemark locations, you can create a "movie" where you and students are "flying" from place to place!