Library Lunchable:  Google Earth for Educators<br />Presented by : Laura Wilson, Reference Librarian<br />Framingham State...
What is Google Earth?<br />Free* (!) software program <br />Download from the internet at:<br />http://earth.google.com/do...
How does it work?<br />The software displays high-resolution aerial photos and satellite imagery of the Earth’s surface<br...
What are we looking at?<br />
3D Buildings<br />
A view of the Grand Canyon<br />
How do I get started?<br />After  you have downloaded the software, a Google Earth icon will be installed on your desktop....
This is your starting point:<br />Type address, location name, or latitude / longitude  co-oridnates<br />
Here is the location!<br />Framingham State College<br />
Notice the “Layers” feature…<br />Layers<br />
Viewing “Layers”<br />Layers display different types of interesting geographic content<br />For example:<br />National Geo...
Google Earth in the Classroom<br />Google Earth has been used to teach students in nearly every discipline<br />It’s easy<...
Ideas for subject areas:	<br />Geography – obvious!<br />History – create your own overlay map for a particular site<br />...
Ideas… cont.<br />Biology – Track routes of chimpanzees in Tanzania’s Gombe Forest, or migration patterns of sea turtles<b...
Content already available<br />Use the Google Earth Gallery to download tours made and rated by other Google Earth users<b...
Teacher testimonies<br />“To really teach about these places, we have to get beyond flat maps on a flat screen.”  - Diane ...
For more information:<br />Spring, T. (2009). Getting your feet wet with google ocean. PC World, 27(4), 24-24. Retrieved f...
Useful sites:<br />Google for Educators – Google Earth http://www.google.com/educators/p_earth.html<br />Google Earth for ...
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  1. 1. Library Lunchable: Google Earth for Educators<br />Presented by : Laura Wilson, Reference Librarian<br />Framingham State College<br />July 8, 2009<br />
  2. 2. What is Google Earth?<br />Free* (!) software program <br />Download from the internet at:<br />http://earth.google.com/download-earth.html<br />A “virtual globe” that allows users to explore countless different features , including :<br />Urban and rural terrain<br />3D image models of popular terrain and buildings<br />Places of interest<br />Photos and videos related to a specific location<br />Historical imagery, stars, celestial bodies, underwater terrain, and much, much more!<br />
  3. 3. How does it work?<br />The software displays high-resolution aerial photos and satellite imagery of the Earth’s surface<br />Varying degrees of detail<br />More popular areas have better quality images<br />United States and Europe images tend to be more detailed<br />Images range in currency<br />3 months – 5 years ago (not live images)<br />
  4. 4. What are we looking at?<br />
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  9. 9. 3D Buildings<br />
  10. 10. A view of the Grand Canyon<br />
  11. 11. How do I get started?<br />After you have downloaded the software, a Google Earth icon will be installed on your desktop.<br />Google Earth icon<br />Click me!<br />Google Earth icon.<br />Click me!<br />
  12. 12. This is your starting point:<br />Type address, location name, or latitude / longitude co-oridnates<br />
  13. 13. Here is the location!<br />Framingham State College<br />
  14. 14. Notice the “Layers” feature…<br />Layers<br />
  15. 15. Viewing “Layers”<br />Layers display different types of interesting geographic content<br />For example:<br />National Geographic Magazine layer: displays images and stories related to the area from NatGeo.<br />Panoramio layer: displays beautiful and interesting images related to the area.<br />YouTube layer: displays videos related to the area*<br />Wikipedia layer: displays articles about the area<br />Many more layers to explore!<br />
  16. 16. Google Earth in the Classroom<br />Google Earth has been used to teach students in nearly every discipline<br />It’s easy<br />It’s exciting<br />It’s fun!<br />Allow students to explore and learn through Google Earth by themselves, or create a tour of your own!<br />Tours can include images and audio that you input<br />
  17. 17. Ideas for subject areas: <br />Geography – obvious!<br />History – create your own overlay map for a particular site<br />Overlays are maps either scanned from a computer or taken from the web, and dropped over the site<br />Engraving showing London after the great fire<br />Concentration camps around the 3rd Reich<br />Using GoogleSketchUp and historical overlays, students can recreate entire ancient cities<br />Google SketchUp is another software program that allows you to create, modify and share 3D models<br />Explore Tutankhamun’s Tomb<br />
  18. 18. Ideas… cont.<br />Biology – Track routes of chimpanzees in Tanzania’s Gombe Forest, or migration patterns of sea turtles<br />Geology – Find images, links and descriptions of thousands of volcanoes around the world<br />Literature – Take a virtual tour of the setting of a book<br />Math – Explore distance, velocity and wave properties of tsunamis<br />
  19. 19. Content already available<br />Use the Google Earth Gallery to download tours made and rated by other Google Earth users<br />Cathedrals 3D Tour<br />Art Museums 3D Tour<br />Rising Sea Level animation<br />Sites of Ancient Rome<br />World Oil Consumption<br />Historic Fort Monroe<br />… and many more!<br />
  20. 20. Teacher testimonies<br />“To really teach about these places, we have to get beyond flat maps on a flat screen.” - Diane Favro<br />“The program provides opportunities for students to be curious, to explore, wonder, and discover beyond typically structured lessons.” - Tom Stahley<br />
  21. 21. For more information:<br />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<br />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<br />Turner, W., & McLaughlin, C. (2009). ACTIVITY: The incredible shrinking earth: Google earth for today&apos;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<br />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<br />
  22. 22. Useful sites:<br />Google for Educators – Google Earth http://www.google.com/educators/p_earth.html<br />Google Earth for Educators Discussion Group http://groups.google.com/group/google-for-educators?Ink=gschg<br />Google Earth Lessons http://gelessons.com/lessons/<br />Google Earth Gallery http://www.google.com/gadgets/directory?synd=earth&cat=featured<br /> Google Earth Blog http://www.gearthblog.com/reference.html<br />Creating Content in Google Earth http://strengthofweakties.org/wp-content/uploads/2008/01/creating-content-in-google-earth.pdf<br />Creating a Google Earth Tour http://googleearthdesign.blogspot.com/2009/02/howto-create-simple-tour.html<br />

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