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FC: Google Earth: Diving In Head First
1: Table of Contents Introduction......3 Set-Up.............5 Classroom Ideas...7-9 Research.........11
2: Introduction to Google Earth
3: Google Earth is full of endless possibilities. Here are some of your options in the classroom: 1. Flying to any location on earth and space. 2. Seeing how land and landmarks have changed over time. 3. Locate and learn about shipwrecks. 4. Real-time earthquakes. 5. Narrated tours. There are a lot of options with Google Earth, so don't get overwhelmed with trying to learn everything at once. Learn how to do a few features at at time, like the ones I outline in the Classroom Ideas section. | Have you every wanted to show your students the setting of a story? Have you ever wanted your students to be able to fly over the oceans to see historical places on earth? Google Earth allows you to travel anywhere in the world and outers pace.
4: Getting Set Up
5: 1. Click on the link http://earth.google.com/ 2. Click the link to download on the right/top side of the screen. 3. Once you have downloaded, a screen will pop up to give you some hints and tips. This is a great resource to get started. 4. I would also recommend looking at all the tutorials available at: http://earth.google.com/intl/en/userguide/v5/tutorials/index.html 5. Become familiar with all the features of the website.
6: Getting Started: Classroom Ideas Use the link below to get extra ideas for your classroom! www.google.com/educators/p_earth.html
7: Flying to a Location 1. Go to the Fly To tab in the upper left hand corner. 2. Type in your location. For Example: Raleigh, NC, Titanic RMS, or Louvre 3. Click the magnifying glass and you will fly to a new location. 4. When you have finally landed, you will see several little cameras and/or blue boxes around. Click on a camera and click full screen view. You will have a street view of the actual street and city. Click on a blue box and you will get a picture and information on the city or landmark. 5. Use this option to "fly" to the setting of a book you are reading or to fly to a historic city and landmark.
8: Layers 1. This part of Google Earth simply helps you to decide what you want to see when you are flying around. 2. For example, if you want to see 3D buildings you would click on 3D buildings layer. If you wanted to see various ocean features, click on ocean layer. 3. I found the best thing you can do is to start out with as few layers as possible at first and then play around with one at a time to see what works for you. 4. Again, layers can get overwhelming-so don't do too many at once. 5. This portion of Google Earth is great for differentiating what you are teaching. If you are learning about weather in science, use the weather layer. If you are learning about the Titanic, use the shipwreck layer.
9: Adding a Placemark **This allows you to save locations you want to go back to or that you want your students to go to quickly. 1. Go to the icon that looks like a yellow thumbtack at the top of the 3D picture page. 2. Click the icon and then enter the longitude and latitude of your location. 3. Add any descriptions you would like about your location. 4. This will now be saved in your places on Google Earth.
10: Research and Reviews
11: The overall consensus on Google Earth seems to be very positive! Positives Fantastic Visuals Variety of Features Links to National Geographic and other websites FREE Negatives Seems Cluttered Too many features for the newcomer Check out these reviews: www.macworld.com/article/139397/2009/03/googleearth5.html www.techradar.com/reviews/pc-mac/article/home-and-reference-software/google-earth-5-537960/review