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.
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!