Ed Tech Tips with E. Mosier
Make your classroom more E-fficient!
Go Beyond the Classroom with Google Earth
Searching and Knowledge Cards
Earth in a Different Perspective
Another awesome update is the ability to view Earth from a different perspective, other than the bird's eye. By simply holding down the Shift key and moving the mouse up and down, left or right, you can now view the Earth as if you're flying in an airplane or from other viewpoints. Such a simple addition that adds a lot more meaning to viewing maps from all over the world.
The Grandest Update of Them All
As cool as the previous updates were, the one that sticks out to me as being the most beneficial and awe-inspiring is what is known as the Voyager. This is a "showcase of interactive tours" that includes several locations around the globe. For example, if you've ever wanted to visit Mexico City, select that "Voyage" and you'll be escorted around the city, complete with Knowledge Cards about all of the different sites you may see. If you'd like a less big city feel, select The Backpacker's Paradise Voyage to view some breathtaking views of hiking areas. These pre-loaded Voyages are a must if you're wanting to incorporate this into the classroom.
Using Google Earth in the Classroom
Art - Take a trip around the world to view the different art museums and the architecture surrounding each building. Or, simply visit monuments that are worth observing.
Language Arts - Explore the settings of some of the works being read in class. Or, visit the birthplace of a famous author.
Social Studies/World Geography - Take students on virtual field trips, or use the Knowledge Cards to expand the information being presented in class.
Foreign Language - Search for famous landmarks of a city, or visit an area to read the signs and buildings written in the language being studied.
Math - Find an area and measure it to determine its area on the screen, or locate a parking lot to determine number of spaces filled versus empty spots to study fractions.
Science - Visit national parks, or take students to an oil rig in the ocean, or even to see some of the smokestacks from a factory to discuss pollution and air quality.