Explore this virtual globe, map and geographic information program for free! Google Earth uses satellite images of varying resolution of the Earth’s surface, allowing users to see things like cities and houses looking perpendicularly down or at an angle. Also included is Google Sky which allows users to view stars and other celestial bodies. The Google Ocean feature allows users to zoom below the surface of the ocean. Google Mars provides data information from NASA missions. Google Moon shows satellite images of the moon. The landing site of each of the Apollo missions is shown on the satellite image, providing more information on each mission as the user zooms in.
Download it for free! – Google Earth
- Explore the Moon, Mars, the Sky, 3D Buildings, the Ocean, and Historical Imagery
- From discovering shipwrecks in the ocean to zooming into 3D cities around the world, you can explore an expansive library of tours, videos, and imagery that have been created by Google Earth and supporting partners.
- Explore a curated list of maps, such as real-time earthquakes, hiking trails, city tours, and much more!
Layers Created By Others
Google Lit Trips – A concept created by a high school teacher to illustrate the locations in books his student were reading. The site now includes contributions from other teachers at all grade levels.
Geography Awareness Week – An annual spotlight on geography education sponsored by the National Geographic Society and other organizations. Their web site includes several Earth tours including the Glimpse tour.
3D Buildings Tours – Tours that visit collections of buildings and other structures in the 3D Buildings layer of Google Earth. This would be helpful for the grade three study of structures.
- Using Google Earth in the K-12 Classrooms– Lots of wonderful resources to support teachers.
- Google Earth Tip Sheet
- Twenty-Three Interesting Ways to use Google Earth in the Classroom
- Welcome to Google Lit Trips!– Using Google Earth, students discover where in the world the greatest road trip stories of all time took place.
- Latest Earthquakes: Feeds & Data– Download one of the earthquake KML feeds and open it in Google Earth. Earthquakes refresh every 5-minutes.
- Exploring the World’s Most Famous and Amazing Places! – An exploration in Google Earth
- Creating Projects in Google Earth
May 24, 2012