The Google Earth app lets you hold the world in the palm of your hand – on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. It enables you to explore global satellite imagery, tours, and photo overlays on your iOS device.
There is a large education community built around the Google Earth application, and it has many classroom applications. It is so much more than a mapping application – as revealed in the links at the bottom of this post.
For: Teachers, Students (Grades 4-12)
Cost: Free (Download)
Requires WiFi?: Yes, this is a very WiFi intensive app.
- Support student inquiry in geography, social studies, history
- Enhance student presentations – creating audio-visual Google Earth tours for projects
- Virtually visit sites of historic / geographic significance
- Add photos / videos / voicethreads about your local community to share with other Google Earth users worldwide
- Use in conjunction with Google Sketchup to design and build your own virtual city (as a Google Earth overlay)
- Take your students on a virtual “Lit Trip”, exploring places mentioned in a story
- Solve maths problems using the Google Earth measuring tools
Further Reading & Exploration
- 26 Interesting Ways to use Google Earth in the Classroom
- Google Earth in the Classroom – Livebinders
- Google Earth – Classroom Ideas