Google Earth- Do More Than Find Your House!
During the NICE- Mini conference, we will be presenting information about the basics of Google Earth. This session is designed to introduce people with little or no experience with Google Earth.
Basics of Google Earth:
After a little bit of playing, Google Earth is relatively intuitive. However some people might like to have a cheat sheet. Google itself provides a good “getting to know Google Earth” that gives users a good starting place. Additionally, they provide a nice tutorial overview of the entire application.
Briefly, a Google Earth Lit Trip, is an interactive tour through a book, using Google Earth. The students are able to see the different events and settings of the book with their own eyes.
The tour can be used to build background knowledge about the setting, help students keep track of how the setting impacts the story, or provide a visual map of where events are occurring in the story. For higher level thinking interaction, students can relate themes to the setting and explore the impact of the setting on the events.
By far, the best resource for Google Lit Trips is Google LitTrips website, created by Jerome Burg. He has collected an incredible variety of Google Earth Files, all ready to go for you and your students.
Google Earth in Social Studies
Like the Google Earth Rome in 3d feature, there are plenty of impressive abilities Google Earth has native to the application. To start, it is easy to see different layers of the earth or moon right in the Google Earth Gallery. For example, there are Google Earth Galleries that show volcanoes, earthquakes, and more
Additionally, Google Earth gives the option of seeing Mars, the Moon and theGeoconstellations in a similar manner that you can see the Earth. Within each of these views are various layers and galleries that help you do dig more deeply.
This only scratches the surface of the amazing things Google Earth can do. Here are some examples of websites that can give more lesson plans, kmz files, and tips.
* The US Geological Services provides kmz files of recent earthquakes.
* Google Earth for Science Teachers– This is a 25 page manual specifically for Earth Science Teachers written by Eric J. Fermann
* Google Earth Science lesson plans written by Richard Treves (a little more advanced)
Biome Virtual Field Trip – Written by Karilyn Diede- A great virtual fieldtrtip though different biomes.
Google Earth in Math Class
One of the best resources for fun, “real world” math lessons using Google Earth is Real World Math. This site, maintained by Thomas J Petra, has an incredible amount of topics ranging from three-dimension geography,, to estimation. It has resources, downloads, and lessons all ready to go.
In addition, Google Earth Lessons provides some fun examples of math lessons and different levels.
Google Art Project is similar to Google Earth in many ways, but deserves attention all by itself. Just as you can meander around the streets of Seville, you can also walk through the hallways of some of the most famous museums. of the world. Google Art project. Students can see the art in these museums and incredible level of resolution and can gain background knowledge on marvelous pieces of work!