Library Lunchable: Google Earth for Educators Presented by : Laura Wilson, Reference Librarian Framingham State College July 8, 2009
What is Google Earth? Free* (!) software program Download from the internet at: http://earth.google.com/download-earth.html A “virtual globe” that allows users to explore countless different features , including : Urban and rural terrain 3D image models of popular terrain and buildings Places of interest Photos and videos related to a specific location Historical imagery, stars, celestial bodies, underwater terrain, and much, much more!
How does it work? The software displays high-resolution aerial photos and satellite imagery of the Earth’s surface Varying degrees of detail More popular areas have better quality images United States and Europe images tend to be more detailed Images range in currency 3 months – 5 years ago (not live images)
What are we looking at?
A view of the Grand Canyon
How do I get started? After you have downloaded the software, a Google Earth icon will be installed on your desktop. Google Earth icon Click me! Google Earth icon. Click me!
This is your starting point: Type address, location name, or latitude / longitude co-oridnates
Here is the location! Framingham State College
Notice the “Layers” feature… Layers
Viewing “Layers” Layers display different types of interesting geographic content For example: National Geographic Magazine layer: displays images and stories related to the area from NatGeo. Panoramio layer: displays beautiful and interesting images related to the area. YouTube layer: displays videos related to the area* Wikipedia layer: displays articles about the area Many more layers to explore!
Google Earth in the Classroom Google Earth has been used to teach students in nearly every discipline It’s easy It’s exciting It’s fun! Allow students to explore and learn through Google Earth by themselves, or create a tour of your own! Tours can include images and audio that you input
Ideas for subject areas: Geography – obvious! History – create your own overlay map for a particular site Overlays are maps either scanned from a computer or taken from the web, and dropped over the site Engraving showing London after the great fire Concentration camps around the 3rd Reich Using GoogleSketchUp and historical overlays, students can recreate entire ancient cities Google SketchUp is another software program that allows you to create, modify and share 3D models Explore Tutankhamun’s Tomb
Ideas… cont. Biology – Track routes of chimpanzees in Tanzania’s Gombe Forest, or migration patterns of sea turtles Geology – Find images, links and descriptions of thousands of volcanoes around the world Literature – Take a virtual tour of the setting of a book Math – Explore distance, velocity and wave properties of tsunamis
Content already available Use the Google Earth Gallery to download tours made and rated by other Google Earth users Cathedrals 3D Tour Art Museums 3D Tour Rising Sea Level animation Sites of Ancient Rome World Oil Consumption Historic Fort Monroe … and many more!
Teacher testimonies “To really teach about these places, we have to get beyond flat maps on a flat screen.” - Diane Favro “The program provides opportunities for students to be curious, to explore, wonder, and discover beyond typically structured lessons.” - Tom Stahley
For more information: Spring, T. (2009). Getting your feet wet with google ocean. PC World, 27(4), 24-24. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com.fscproxy.framingham.edu/login.aspx?direct=true&db=tfh&AN=37035064&site=ehost-live Stahley, T. (2006). Earth from above.(google earth). The Science Teacher, , 44-48. Retrieved from http://find.galegroup.com.fscproxy.framingham.edu/gtx/infomark.do?&contentSet=IAC-Documents&type=retrieve&tabID=T002&prodId=EAIM&docId=A157773209&source=gale&srcprod=EAIM&userGroupName=fst&version=1.0 Turner, W., & McLaughlin, C. (2009). ACTIVITY: The incredible shrinking earth: Google earth for today's adventurer. Technology & Children, 13(3), 4-5. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com.fscproxy.framingham.edu/login.aspx?direct=true&db=tfh&AN=37218466&site=ehost-live Vergano, D. (2009). Egyptian temple virtually restored. USA Today, April 23 Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com.fscproxy.framingham.edu/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&AN=J0E301264223609&site=ehost-live
Useful sites: Google for Educators – Google Earth http://www.google.com/educators/p_earth.html Google Earth for Educators Discussion Group http://groups.google.com/group/google-for-educators?Ink=gschg Google Earth Lessons http://gelessons.com/lessons/ Google Earth Gallery http://www.google.com/gadgets/directory?synd=earth&cat=featured Google Earth Blog http://www.gearthblog.com/reference.html Creating Content in Google Earth http://strengthofweakties.org/wp-content/uploads/2008/01/creating-content-in-google-earth.pdf Creating a Google Earth Tour http://googleearthdesign.blogspot.com/2009/02/howto-create-simple-tour.html