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Ways of using Google Earth for subject other than geography

Ways of using Google Earth for subject other than geography


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  • I’m showing you these now so that you don’t worry about what the links are for the sites I’ll be visiting later. I will show this again at the end, too.
  • Google Earth is a free program to download that allows the user to explore the globe virtually. Using low and high resolution satellite imagery (between 1 and 3 years old), Google Earth allows people to visit places they might not otherwise see. It also provides the same street view access as Google Maps, so most locations are visible from a variety of vantage points. Google Earth also allows users to save their own points on the globe to email or post online for others to use. Information that is included in these user-saved points ranges from simple text to hyperlinks to more information to photos and embedded videos. Google Earth provides a wide variety of “layers” to use in exploring the globe as well – everything from roads & buildings to traffic & weather to oceans & terrain. It also includes layers for things like earthquakes, tourism, fair trade, UNICEF water projects and tracking the Jane Goodall Institute chimps.
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  • Free Easy to use Integrates multiple disciplines Provides a real world look at the physical earth (grasslands, deserts, mountains, fjords, etc) Allows visual exploration of news, historic and census data
  • Fosters spatial thinking Supports hands on inquiry Encourages higher order thinking skills interpreting analyzing comparing explaining Strengthens technology skills Allows users to create and display their own data Supports the 4 Es of the learning life cycle engage explore explain evaluate Useful for ANY subject that has a geographic component
  • Go to GE and display Grid turn on/off Visit links
  • Visit links
  • Show how to turn on Oceans, Sky Visit links
  • Show historic maps layer – grand canyon? Show historic imagery layer - – World Trade Center? Click links
  • Click links
  • Click link Show Global Awareness Layer
  • Bibliography   Adam, Anna and Mowers, Helen. “Got the World on a Screen: Google Earth serves up more than a geography lesson.” School Library Journal 53:4 (2007): 40-42. Education Full Text . Web. 28 January 2010.   Barack, Lauren. “The Earth, Classroom-Sized.” School Library Journal 52:6 (2006): 28. Education Full Text. Web. 28 January 2010.   Britt, Judy and LaFontaine, Gus. “Google Earth: A Virtual Globe for Elementary Geography.” Social Studies and the Young Learner 21:4 (2009): 20-23. Print.   Butler, Douglas. “Having Fun with Google Earth.” Mathematics Teaching 208 (208): 28-30. Education Full Text . Web. 28 January 2010.   Castek, Jill and Mangelson, Jessica. “Thinking Outside the Book: Reading the World with Google Earth.” Book Links 15:5 (2008): 40-41. ProQuest Humanities Module . Web. 28 January 2010.   Patterson, Todd C. “Google Earth as a (Not Just) Geography Education Tool.” Journal of Geography 106: 4 (2007). Education Full Text. Web. 28 January 2010.   Rupley, Sebastian. “Fly-By History; Google delivers blasts from the past.” PC Magazine 26:1/2: n. pag. ProQuest Education Journals . Web. 22 January 2010.   Siegle, Del. “Moving Beyond a Google Search: Google Earth, SketchUp, Spreadsheet, and More.” Gifted Child Today 30:1 (2007): 24-28. Education Full Text. Web. 28 January 2010.   Turner, William and McLaughlin, Charlie. “The Incredible Shrinking Earth: Google Earth for Today’s Adventurer.” Technology and Children 13:3 (2009): 4-5. ProQuest Education Journals . Web. 28 January 2010.   Wert, Melissa and Girgus, Scottie. “Traveling the Novel.” Learning & Leading with Technology 36:6 (2009): 34-35. General Reference Center Gold . Web. 28 January 2010.
  • Bibliography   Adam, Anna and Mowers, Helen. “Got the World on a Screen: Google Earth serves up more than a geography lesson.” School Library Journal 53:4 (2007): 40-42. Education Full Text . Web. 28 January 2010.   Barack, Lauren. “The Earth, Classroom-Sized.” School Library Journal 52:6 (2006): 28. Education Full Text. Web. 28 January 2010.   Britt, Judy and LaFontaine, Gus. “Google Earth: A Virtual Globe for Elementary Geography.” Social Studies and the Young Learner 21:4 (2009): 20-23. Print.   Butler, Douglas. “Having Fun with Google Earth.” Mathematics Teaching 208 (208): 28-30. Education Full Text . Web. 28 January 2010.   Castek, Jill and Mangelson, Jessica. “Thinking Outside the Book: Reading the World with Google Earth.” Book Links 15:5 (2008): 40-41. ProQuest Humanities Module . Web. 28 January 2010.   Patterson, Todd C. “Google Earth as a (Not Just) Geography Education Tool.” Journal of Geography 106: 4 (2007). Education Full Text. Web. 28 January 2010.   Rupley, Sebastian. “Fly-By History; Google delivers blasts from the past.” PC Magazine 26:1/2: n. pag. ProQuest Education Journals . Web. 22 January 2010.   Siegle, Del. “Moving Beyond a Google Search: Google Earth, SketchUp, Spreadsheet, and More.” Gifted Child Today 30:1 (2007): 24-28. Education Full Text. Web. 28 January 2010.   Turner, William and McLaughlin, Charlie. “The Incredible Shrinking Earth: Google Earth for Today’s Adventurer.” Technology and Children 13:3 (2009): 4-5. ProQuest Education Journals . Web. 28 January 2010.   Wert, Melissa and Girgus, Scottie. “Traveling the Novel.” Learning & Leading with Technology 36:6 (2009): 34-35. General Reference Center Gold . Web. 28 January 2010.
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    • 1. Google Earth in the K-12 Classroom Courtney Fuson [email_address]
    • 2. Resources
      • Links found at http://delicious.com/library_chic/googleearth
      • Presentation available at http://slideshare.net/library_chic
    • 3. What is Google Earth?
      • Free downloadable program
      • Virtually explore the globe
      • Satellite imagery
      • Allows users to “fly” around the globe
      • Allows users to create their own tours and paths
      • Allows virtual exploration of oceans, sky, moon and Mars
    • 4. Navigating Google Earth
      • Search
      • Places
      • Layers
      • Toolbar
    • 5. Why Use Google Earth?
      • Free
      • Easy to use
      • Integrates multiple disciplines
      • Strengthens technology skills
      • Provides a real world look at the physical earth (grasslands, deserts, mountains, fjords, etc)
      • Allows visual exploration of news, historic and census data
    • 6. Why Use Google Earth?
      • Supports hands on inquiry
      • Fosters spatial thinking
      • Encourages higher order thinking skills
        • Interpreting
        • Analyzing
        • Comparing
        • Explaining
    • 7. Geography
      • Identify features – mountain, cove, grassland, polar ice, etc
      • Latitude and Longitude
        • Turn on the Grid in Google Earth
        • Scavenger hunt
        • Teaching Latitude and Longitude
    • 8. Math
      • Math in Las Vegas
        • counting cars or pedestrians
        • identifying shapes
        • Determining area of parking lots
        • Determining percentages filled for parking lots
      • Real World Math
        • Measurements, distance
        • Scientific notations
        • Volume of solids
    • 9. Science
      • Oceans layer
      • Sky
      • Various science topics
        • Geology
        • Continents
        • Atmosphere
      • Volcanoes
        • Volcanoes Layer
        • Weekly volcanic activity report
    • 10. History
      • Historic Maps layer
      • Historic imagery available
      • Mapping historic trips
        • Lewis & Clark
        • The Crusades
    • 11. Literature
      • Google Lit Trips
        • Premade trips for books on a variety of subjects and grade levels
      • The Kite Runner
        • Harpeth Hall’s study of The Kite Runner
        • Includes a second study on the Iditarod race
    • 12. Social Studies
      • Life Trips
        • look at the lives of people in different cities
        • tracks the day paths of people who live throughout the world
        • Schools can register and submit information
      • Global Awareness Layer
    • 13. Resources
      • Links found at http://delicious.com/library_chic/googleearth
      • Presentation available at http://slideshare.net/library_chic
    • 14. Bibliography
      • Adam, Anna and Mowers, Helen. “Got the World on a Screen: Google Earth serves up more than a geography lesson.” School Library Journal 53:4 (2007): 40-42. Education Full Text . Web. 28 January 2010.
      • Barack, Lauren. “The Earth, Classroom-Sized.” School Library Journal 52:6 (2006): 28. Education Full Text. Web. 28 January 2010.
      • Britt, Judy and LaFontaine, Gus. “Google Earth: A Virtual Globe for Elementary Geography.” Social Studies and the Young Learner 21:4 (2009): 20-23. Print.
      • Butler, Douglas. “Having Fun with Google Earth.” Mathematics Teaching 208 (208): 28-30. Education Full Text . Web. 28 January 2010.
      • Castek, Jill and Mangelson, Jessica. “Thinking Outside the Book: Reading the World with Google Earth.” Book Links 15:5 (2008): 40-41. ProQuest Humanities Module . Web. 28 January 2010.
    • 15. Bibliography
      • Patterson, Todd C. “Google Earth as a (Not Just) Geography Education Tool.” Journal of Geography 106: 4 (2007). Education Full Text. Web. 28 January 2010.
      • Rupley, Sebastian. “Fly-By History; Google delivers blasts from the past.” PC Magazine 26:1/2: n. pag. ProQuest Education Journals . Web. 22 January 2010 
      • Siegle, Del. “Moving Beyond a Google Search: Google Earth, SketchUp, Spreadsheet, and More.” Gifted Child Today 30:1 (2007): 24-28. Education Full Text. Web. 28 January 2010.
      • Turner, William and McLaughlin, Charlie. “The Incredible Shrinking Earth: Google Earth for Today’s Adventurer.” Technology and Children 13:3 (2009): 4-5. ProQuest Education Journals . Web. 28 January 2010.
      • Wert, Melissa and Girgus, Scottie. “Traveling the Novel.” Learning & Leading with Technology 36:6 (2009): 34-35. General Reference Center Gold . Web. 28 January 2010