Google Earth

August 2 - 8:30 to 3:30 - Staff Development Center Lab 1

Internet Explorer - Browsing multiple tabs
Advanced Google Search - KML vs. KMZ

What can you do in Google Earth?

Classroom Activities:
1. Calculate distance between placemarkers.
2. Combine layers of information sources to connect to Wikipedia, Jacques Cousteau, NASA, National Geographic, and more.
3. Explore historical maps and environmental layers.
4. Combine with Google Sketchup to create historical 3D overlays.
5. Visit galaxies, moons, and planets using Google Sky.

South Africa Stadium Tour in HD

Street View - Google

Street View - Microsoft Research

Getting Google Earth:

Go to
Additional tool:

Google Earth vs. Google Earth Pro

Pro allows you to make movies, import GPS data, high-resolution printing and access to more advanced measuring tools.
Google Earth Grants

Other places to learn about Google Earth

Atomic Learning - 1 hr and 54 min.
Teacher Tube - search for "Google Earth"
YouTube - search for "Tutorials on Google Earth"

Google Maps

Finding directions and scouting future trips.
Classroom Activities:
1. Get directions from home or school to places you encounter in books/studies in class.
2. Get information on the setting of a story.
3. Get information on the setting of a movie or video.
4. Develop estimates where students guess how far a location is and then discover the real distance.
5. Switch to Terrain/Satellite views to experience a new way of seeing the world around them.
Advanced: Develop an overnight trip to the location and plan the driving directions, hotels for the stay, one or more places to eat rated-dining and add something to do with local entertainment.

My Maps - Login with iGoogle account and browse open maps created by others. Click on Browse Directory to find a slew of map tools.
Classroom Activities:
1. Create custom maps with your own markers, lines, and shapes.
2. Create collaborative maps - allow students to collaborate and create custom maps in groups.
3. Use the distance measurement tool to measure walking routes.
4. Plan a 2-mile walking route around home or school.
5. Compare flight distances for birds that fly from _ to _. Advanced: switch to Google Earth and analyze environmental factors.
Advanced: Write a story where you travel to different locations. Put each chapter of your story within a placemark. Plan a vacation and create a placemark for each stop. In the placemark description, enter what you will do at each location. Choose a literature book or movie and plot out where the characters travel to different locations. Create a Family Tree map. Follow campaign trail. Track a relative who is a truck driver or traveling salesperson. Map out your community. Travel wish list - where would you like to go in your life?; Track a musician or band on tour. Follow "The Amazing Race".

Collaborative Map Ideas: Birthplaces of each student; 50 State Research - Each student covers 2-3 states and adds state name, capital, 3 facts and a picture of flag; Tourism map of a state - add descriptions of "must-see" attractions.

Featured Content - Login, MyMaps, Browse Directory

Sightseeing - in the Places folder - basic overview of some sightseeing markers and points of interest globally. Double-click on any entry to fly to that location. To do a full tour, click on the check-box next to sightseeing and then the PLAY button that will appear in the bottom right of the Places window to start the tour.

3D Viewer - the visual you see in the middle of the screen. Displays the earth or other planetary systems.

Navigation Tools - on the right side of the 3D viewer and appear when you hover your mouse on the screen. Click on View, Navigation Tools to make changes to the settings of viewing these tools.
Zoom Slider - Zoom in is move slider to the +; Zoom out is to move the slider to the -.
Look Joystick (eye icon) - topmost navigation tool lets you look at a placemark from various angles; spin the ring to look at a placemark from various perspectives. Double-click the N on the Look Joystick to reposition back to the view of North.
Move Joystick (hand icon) - lets you move from one place to another

*You can also use the mouse to navigate to locations. Double-click to zoom in to a specific point. Single-click once to stop the zoom. Use the scroll-wheel to zoom in and out as well. Use the mouse to left-click and grab a section of the screen to move it.

Side Bar: Sits on the left side of the screen and holds the panels:
Search Panel - search places, businesses and get directions. Holds a memory of all the places you searched until you click the X in the bottom of the panel to clear the search history.

Activity: Find Businesses: Search for "Pizza" in the surrounding area of The White House

Activity: Find Directions: How many turns are there if traveling from Boston to New York?

  1. Once you have a set of directions to a location, click on the Route selection at the bottom of the panel.
  2. Then click on the Play Tour (three circles) button to begin a fly-through tour of your directions.

You can use the controller on the Tour Bar to fast-forward, rewind, replay or even save a copy of the tour in your Google Earth panel.

Save Directions: If you have a set of directions you want to save, you can collapse that tour, right click on the top listing and select "Add to My Places".

Places Panel - lets you save favorite places as well as other geographical information
Layers Panel - lets you access layers of additional information about the locations you visit; contains content from Google and their partners. Selecting layers is really a personalized experience. Pay attention to layers and SUB-layers.

*Use the small arrows on the left of each panel name to collapse panels you may not need.

Menu Bar:
View: Add longitude and latitude grids, historical maps, overview map, full-screen view, atmosphere, etc.
Tools: Change preferences and visit other tools to enhance viewing; change size of over-view map;
Tool Bar: Most used options - Turn on and off components based on what you are doing.

Creating Content:
Placemarks - Add information for the "push-pins" you add to your Google Earth map. if a placemark is not placed properly, move mouse until finger icon appears and then move the placemark where you need it. To edit a placemark, right-click and select Properties.

Activity : Adding images and video to placemark information.
  1. Go to Mt. Fuji and add a placemark that floats above the peak. Change the color of the placemark and select one that better represents the land-mass (ie: a volcano placemark).
  2. Add a hyperlink to a placemark: Click on Tools, Web to open Google webpage. Type in Mt. Fuji and do a search for a site. Copy URL and go back to Google Earth. Select properties of the Placemark and add the URL to the description. Click on the Placemark to view the information.
  3. Add a picture to a placemark: Click on Tools, Web and go to Search for an image for your placemark. When you find an image, click on it to open the image in the web browser to its full size. The address for the image appears in the URL. Copy this URL and go back to the properties of your placemark and add the URL to the description. You have to enter a little HTML into the description to add images. Type <img src=""> - paste your URL between the two quotation marks and hit enter. Each time you add images, you have to enter this HTML code.
  4. Add video to a placemark: Click on Tools, Web and go to YouTube. Select the EMBED code that appears in a YouTube video. Copy this Code and Paste it in the Placemark description. *Be sure to uncheck the box for "include related videos". You don't want this option.

Activity : Adding an image overlay and add a photo.

Creating Paths: - Make a path around the Indy 500 track
1. Go to Indianapolis 500 and find the track.
2. Click on the Path Tool - keep the dialogue window open until you have made your path
3. To start the path, click and hold down the button and trace the path (as steady as you can).
4. You can change the color of your path and make changes to information using the description dialogue box.
5. When your path is set, it creates a Tour that you can play using the Tour controls on the panel.

Measure between points:
1. Go to the Grand Cayman Island.
2. Click on the Ruler tool and select Line.
3. Select the unit of measurement: mile, yards, etc.
4. Click on the starting point and then the end point of the island.
5. Use the path tool to select the shape of the island. If you need to adjust a point, move the cursor until it becomes a finger and then adjust.

Record a Tour: If you have a microphone, you can record audio on a tour you have made.
1. Go back to your Indy 500 tour you made earlier.
2. Click on the Record a Tour button.
3. Put on your headphones with the microphone.
4. Press the RED record button to record information specific about your tour. Press the Record button to stop.
The tour will play your audio back.

Other Google Tools: Sky, Moon, Sun

Links to other Google Earth Learning Tools:
File types: KML vs KMZ files: KML = flat, static text files. KMZ = zipped files with multimedia features added

Google Earth Users Guide
Google Earth Lessons blog
Google Exchange Wiki
Google Earth Across The Curriculum
Juicy Geography
Google Earth Goods - wiki updated to include projects reflected in today's news
Google Lit Trips - Blog about trips through Literature using Google Earth
Google Earth for Earth Science
Google Earth for Teaching Math
Real World Math
NEISD Project List for Google Earth

How do you plan to use Google Earth?

End of class evaluation can be found in your Eduphoria account. Login and click on My Portfolio. Click on this class in the middle column and then the tab on the right column for SURVEY. Fill out with comments and ideas to help us improve Staff Development!