What on Earth can you do with Google Earth?

Google Earth has always been an astonishing way to explore our planet, and the new version of Earth now brings the wonder of our planet directly into your browser. This workshop will provide you with a solid understanding of what you can do with the new Google Earth, and provide a number of ideas for using it in your classroom. We will look at how you can explore using Streetview, how to collect Points of Interest, importing and exporting KML and KMZ files, as well as checking out the new I'm Feeling Lucky and Voyager features. If time allows, we can also look at creating your own Google Earth Voyages using Tour Builder (not for iPads)

This workshop is suitable for Chromebooks, computers, phones and tablets.

3D Imagery Explained

How is the detailed 3D world inside Google Earth created?

Photogrammetry, that's how!

This video from Nat and Friends does a great job of explaining the new Google Earth. In particular check out the excellent explanation of how Photogrammetry works

Very clever!

What about Streetview?

Go to Google Earth - http://earth.google.com

Navigation Tools

Although you can generally tap, click and drag your way around the Earth, take a moment to see what these buttons do. They can be quite useful!

  • Clicking the Compass icon always returns North to the proper direction.
  • Clicking the Location icon will zoom to your current location (assuming you have enabled Location Services on your device)
  • Clicking the Streetview icon will let you drop Pegman on the map to see it in glorious 360 Photosphere mode

Choose your Map Style

Make it your own

Take a few moments to learn your way around and to make Google Earth work and look just the way you want it to.

Go to the Settings and see what you can change!


Settings Options

  • Zoom mode
  • Zoom speed
  • Region
  • Units of Measurement
  • Show Zoom buttons
  • Set memory cache
  • Enable KML import (yes!)

Activity 1 - Explore Earth

  • Zoom to a city you'd like to explore.
  • Try the I'm Feeling Lucky tool. Where did it take you?
  • Try typing a specific city or location in the search bar
  • Check out the info cards! Try clicking them.
  • Click Pegman to explore Streetview

Find a few locations in the world you'd like to explore and go explore them!

Discuss with a partner

How could you use this in your classroom?

Pro Tip!

Drag to pan around the world view. Hold the Shift Button as you drag to tilt and rotate the world view

Activity 2 - Explore Voyages

Voyages are a curated collection of guided tours for exploring the world. They use photos, text, and Streetview images to create an immersive learning experience.

To get started, check out some of these...

  • This is Home. This incredible collection lets you explore how different people live around the world. Zoom in to see their house, then zoom in again to enter their home.
  • Finding Home - The true story of Saroo Brierley, lost in India at age 5 and adopted to a family in Tasmania (You may have seen the film Lion based on this story)
  • Land Art from Above - See giant large scale artworks from a perspective otherwise hard to get.

Where could you take your students?

  • Check out at least 3 different Voyages and then share them with your seat buddy
  • Discuss how you might be able to use Voyages in your classroom

Activity 3 - Collect a set of locations and save it

  • Use the tag feature to bookmark a location.
  • Build up a small collection of places of interest

What if you want to bookmark a really specific location?

  1. Manually find the location
  2. Copy the Latitude and Longitude from the URL
  3. Paste the LatLong into the search bar and search for it (you should end up exactly where you are)
  4. Bookmark that location, then rename it.

Activity 4 - Design a classroom activity for your students

  • Share it with the group

But wait, there's more awesome Geo stuff to check out!