Google Earth

Presenter: Eric Norberg

Contact Information
Skype: eric.norberg
Twitter: http://twitter.com/mrnorberg

In order to use Google Earth, one must first download the FREE software to your computer.


Why Google Earth?
  1. It is easy to use and FREE!
  2. It gives you a satellite image of the entire earth.
  3. Millions of users continue to add images, information or overlays making Google Earth even better.
  4. You can view the sky and solar system.
  5. Certain areas of the ocean floor have been mapped and can be viewed.
  6. You can create your own overlays to make customized maps and views.
  7. 3D effects show changes in elevation and land features.
  8. Use the Google Earth Gallery to download layers or trips.

Classroom Uses
  1. See the World!
  2. Go on a virtual field trip.
  3. Gain a better understanding of distance, geographic features or space.
  4. Use the measurement tool to calculate area, distances or acresConvert Feet To Acres
  5. Have students create a trip or .kmz file. (Check out Google LitTrips and History Tours for some trip ideas)

Basic Tutorial

Laurel Example:

In order to add pictures your additional formatting to a pin placed on Google Earth, you will need to know a little HTML. Below are some files that contain the code already set up. All you need to do is change the code to suit your needs. Also, I have included a link to an easy HTML generator. You can use that to create your code and paste it into the "Description" area of your pin.

KMZ templates and HTML code for making .kmz trips

Easy HTML Generator = http://eduwikius.wikispaces.com/HTML+Generator

For even more ideas, check out: "Twenty-Three Interesting Ways to use Google Earth in the Classroom"


Google Earth User's Guide
Click the link above - This is a great place to learn how to use Google Earth!

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