What is Google Earth?

Google Earth is a virtual globe, map and geographic information program that was originally called Earth Viewer, and was created by Keyhole, Inc, a company acquired by Google in 2004. It maps the Earth by the superimposition of images obtained from satellite imagery, aerial photography and GIS 3D globe. (Wikipedia 5/6/09)

Reason for Use

  • Teach Geometry and Measurement using practical and authentic distances.
  • Real maps, imaged, and video make learning relevant, authentic and fun for our students.
  • To teach astronomy and constellations.
  • To teach literature, geography, history, and maps.
  • For geocaching, oceanic exploration, weather patterns, and space exploration

Ease of Use


  • Search locations by keyword
  • Play prerecorded tours
  • Toggle layers on and off
  • Save placemarks to your "places"


  • Create custom placemarks with text, and images
  • Measure distances and add paths and polygons
  • Import pictures and placemarks from Picasa


  • Embed video and presentations into placemarks
  • Import and Export GPS coordinates and waypoints
  • Import placemarks from Picasa


ShareTabs of Google Earth Resources [http://sharetabs.com/1g9 ]
Google Earth Rocks
New in Google Earth 5.0 (cliotech)
Google Earth Lessons
Google Earth History Tours
Real World Math Using Google Earth
Google Lit Trips

Google Earth Twenty Three Interesting Ways to use Google Earth Google Doc Presentation

Jennifer Doorman's Google Earth Google Tools for Schools for information on Google 5.0

Google Earth Basics Blog

Google Earth Blog

YouTube Video on Google Earth 4.3

Everything you wanted to know and even more you did not even know it could do!!!
Check out Andy Mann's Weebly site on Google Earth Workshop

Check out the PDF on how to create your own enhanced bookmarks.

For cool ideas or already created projects for google earth go [[http://earth.google.com/thanks.html#pro#pwin|here]]
or check out the google earth community.

Examples for Teachers



Middle School

High School

Examples for Students



Middle School

High School

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