Google Earth allows you to fly anywhere in the world, see building, terrain and images and 3D, and overlay maps and data. How are you using Google Earth in the classroom? Or if you aren't currently using Google Earth, check out Google Earth for Educators and share your favorite idea for implementation here.
The Google Earth Cool Places is a great site that catalogs links and files for cool, interesting things found in Google Earth. You can search the database or just browse using the categories featured on the site's homepage. Take a look at the Statues and Monuments category to find the Arch in St. Louis or the Crazy Horse Monument in South Dakota.
Google Earth and Google Maps are great resources not only for social studies teachers but also for math, science, and literature teachers. Math teachers can use Google Earth and Maps for lessons in measurement. Science teachers may want to explore using Google Earth for monitoring CO2 emissions around the world. Literature teachers should explore Google Lit Trips to learn how students can create literature tours in Google Earth.
(taken from Free Technology for Teachers by Richard Byrne)
Great list of resources here. I have used Google Lit Trips with a class of first graders before. I read them Make Way for Ducklings and then we took a virtual field trip to the same places the ducks visited in the book. The students loved flying through New York City and with a SMARTboard, students had the opportunity the control the tour.
My only suggestion is to test your Internet connection before you use Google Earth. I found that wirelessly, the trip wasn't nearly as clear and quick as when I plugged my laptop directly into an ethernet cable.
Has anyone else used Google Lit Trips or created their own?
Has anyone used Real World Math--Using Google Earth in the Math Curriculum?
Real World Math, designed by Thomas Petra, uses Google Earth as the centerpiece of mathematics lessons. It has the lesson plans divided into five categories: project-based learning, concept lessons, measurement lessons, exploratory lessons, and space lessons. The space lessons take advantage of the Moon, Mars, and Sky views in Google Earth.
What do you math teachers think of this resource?
Have you considered using Google Earth for a scavenger hunt to teach your students geography?
Our Amazing Planet has published an infographic featuring the highest and lowest places on Earth. It shows the heights at which airliners fly to the depths of the Mariana Trench. Information about this infographic is available on the Google Earth Blog where there are links to the Google Earth locations for all of the places in the infographic.
This infographic along with Google Earth would make a great scavenger hunt. Students could locate each of the places on Google Earth. They could also use web resources to learn facts about each of the locations. For example, students could find out how many people have climbed Mount Kilimanjaro or who built the Great Pyramid of Giza.
What are some other scavenger hunt ideas you could use with your students to help them learn geography?