Getting to Know Google Earth

Google Earth Basics from Google Earth Blog

Google Earth Basics from Google Earth Blog

Watch the tutorial on controls at:  In the latest version of Google Earth, the controls are similar, but slightly different.

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What's new in Google Earth 4.3

Google Earth website:

Youtube video:

Six Question Introductory Scavenger Hunt

From Lucy Gray’s High Techpectations blog.  FInd the sites listed on this three page .pdf document:

May need to turn on/off some of the Layers under Gallery.  May need this CIA World Fact Book .kmz file:

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Take a Guided Tour

Under Places - open the Sightseeing button and look at world famous sites.  Experiment with the controls to zoom in/out.  Adjust the tilt of the earth.  Under Layers Primary Database, try turning on Terrain (bottom of list) and 3D Buildings (turn off when done as it slows down your connection.) If the connect is robust, try turning on some of the other features in Gallery such as photos or National Geographic Magazine.  For a truly busy map, turn on the Google Earth Community information links.  Try visiting Chicago and seeing all the links.  Turning these "extras" off will make everyones' connection faster - important in a lab or training setting.

5 Cool, Easy Things You Can Do in Google Earth

1.  View an image of your home, school or any place on Earth - Click Fly To. Enter the location in the input box and click the Search button. In the search results (Places panel), double click the location. Google Earth flies you to this location.

2.  Go on a tour of the world - In the Places panel, check the Sightseeing folder and click the Play Tour button.  Hold onto your seats!

3.  Get driving directions from one place to another and fly (follow) the route - See Getting Directions and Touring the Route.

4.  View other cool locations and features created by other Google Earth users - In the Layers panel, check Community Showcase. Interesting placemarks and other features appear in the 3D viewer. Double click these points of interest to view and explore,

5. View 3D terrain of a place - This is more fun with hilly or mountainous terrain, such as the Grand Canyon. Go to a location.  When the view shows the location, use the zoom slider to tilt the terrain.


Site created for a Google Earth workshop by: Andy Mann, Educational Technology Consultant
Calhoun ISD, Marshall, Michigan