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Google Earth

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 Google Earth

A Round Trip Ticket has been created as a guide for Google Earth. This mini session includes all the major Google Earth tools. Participants will learn how to create narratives, and embed video hyperlinks within a place mark window as well as create virtual trip. A special section has been provided for creating image layers through creative commons searches. Participants will learn how to navigate, measure, search, set layers, create scripts with hyperlinks, save a tour as a kmz file, resize overlays with links, and embed kmz files into a presentation.


At the end of the presentation you will take a short tour of Google Earth and learn about many of its features. Google has a new venture called Google Sky and Ocean. The new features allow users to get close views to 100 million galaxies and dive into the ocean. To view these new features, download the recent version Google Earth 5.0 software.




To obtain the free version of Google Earth see Google Earth: Explore, Search, and Discover

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Google Earth and Sky 4.2 

Now you can “Vault into the Heavens” by taking a short tour of Google Sky and many of its features. Google has a new venture called Google Sky. The new feature allows users to get close views to 100 million galaxies and 200 million stars. To view the Google Sky, download the recent version Google earth software. To launch the Sky application, go to view and select to ‘switch to sky’. With Google Sky you can zoom in to see stars, planets, and constellations.



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Google Sky

Google Earth Websites

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How to use Google Earth

"Google Earth offers the means to display geographic data from a wide variety of sources together in a geospatial context. This data includes imagery for the entire globe at varying resolutions that contains a great deal of interpretable visual information. Students can use it to find their homes, schools, and other locations that are familiar to them. They can make inferences by comparing familiar places to other locations. In addition, students can learn about the world through rich layers of mappable data offered by Google's server and a great deal of third-party content. They can also create and display their own data."1


Google Earth can be used:

  • to support hands-on inquiry by students in computer classrooms.
  • as a basis for homework assignments.
  • for dynamic presentations during class lectures.
  • for inquiry during class presentations.
  • to create imagery and maps for PowerPoint, Word, and other presentation tools.
  • as a data discovery, organization, and distribution tool for research projects.
  • to enrich discussion of an issue that arises spontaneously during an informal classroom discussion.



Google Earth Pro Free for Educators

Did you know that Google Earth Pro is *FREE* if you are an educator?  To qualify you will have to download the PRO trial version at http://earth.google.com and then forward the answers to these questions to GEEC [at] google.com:

  • Your name (key contact person)
  • Organization / Institution
  • A brief description of the Institution / Organization
  • Full mailing address
  • Telephone number
  • User name (complete email address that will be assigned to the license key)
  • Institution’s web address
  • Your Institution’s Tax ID (if applicable)
  • Your Institution’s 501©3 number (US only, if applicable)
  • A description of the intended application including grade level(s), discipline(s) or subject.
  • What features in Google Earth Pro are important to you and how do you wish to use them in your classroom.
  • Number of computers you are requesting to download this software on.
  • Prior license key information.


All applicants are required to download the free, 7-day trial version of Google Earth Pro at http://earth.google.com/ before applying. You will need to include your Google Earth trial account user name and license key. Once the trial key information has been provided Google will return your request with a full pro valid for one year.

Google Earth Street View

Google Street View is a feature of Google Maps and Google Earth that provides for many streets in the world 360° horizontal and 290° vertical panoramic views from a row of positions along the street (one in every 10 or 20 meters, or so), from a height of about 2.5 meters. It was launched on May 25, 2007, and has gradually expanded to include more cities, and in these cities more streets, and also some rural areas. Where available, street view images appear after zooming in beyond the highest zooming level in maps and satellite images, and also by dragging "pegman" to some position. Using the keyboard or mouse the horizontal and vertical viewing direction and the zoom level can be selected. A straight or broken line in the photo shows the approximate path followed by the camera car; two arrows link to the next photo in each direction. At junctions and crossings of camera car routes, more arrows are shown.


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What is the Google Earth API?

The Google Earth Plug-in and its JavaScript API let you embed Google Earth, a true 3D digital globe, into your web pages. Using the API you can draw markers and lines, drape images over the terrain, add 3D models, or load KML files, allowing you to build sophisticated 3D map applications. If you have an existing Maps API site, you can 3D-enable your page with as little as one line of code.


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Terra Clues Scavenger Hunt

TerraClues (http://www.terraclues.com) is a free online resource that allows users to create their own geographical scavenger hunts. Players use the provided clues and Google Maps technology to search for markers that have been placed at locations and landmarks across the globe. 

Ancient Rome in 3D 

"Visitors will once more be able to visit the Colosseum and the Forum of Rome as they were in A.D. 320, this time on a computer screen in 3D. The rendering of the ancient city in Google Earth lets viewers stand in the center of the Colosseum, trace the footsteps of the gladiators in the Ludus Magnus and fly under the Arch of Constantine. The computer model, a collection of more than 6,700 buildings, depicts Rome in the year A.D. 320. Then, under the emperor Constantine I, the city boasted more than a million inhabitants, making it the largest metropolis in the world. It was not until Victorian London that another city surpassed it. The project has been developed by Google in collaboration with the Rome Reborn Project and Past Perfect."


  • Open KMZ File: Rome 3D.kmz   
  • Open Google Earth and select "Ancient Rome 3D" in the Gallery layer







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