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Google Earth Resource Sheet

This page is a compilation of resources on how to use Google's GIS tools, Earth and Maps. It also provides ideas on how to integrate these tools into your curriculum.


The Ultimate Guide to Google Earth

- A collection of links to resources available online, Shared by @edventures



KML - Stands for Keyhole Markup Language, named for the original application which spawned Google Earth, Keyhole, Inc.

GIS - Geographical Information Systems. Per Wikipedia:


"...captures, stores, analyzes, manages, and presents data that is linked to location. Technically, a GIS is a system which includes mapping software and its application to remote sensing, land surveying, aerial photography, mathematics,photogrammetry, geography, and tools that can be implemented with GIS software."



http://earth.google.com/outreach/tutorials.html, Shared by Diana Laufenberg

http://earth.google.com/userguide/v4/tutorials/index.html, Shared by @Thinkingtom

http://sites.google.com/site/cliotech/google-earth, Shared by Caroline O’Bannon

http://earth.google.com/support/bin/static.py?hl=en&page=guide.cs&ctx=go&guide=22550, Shared by Diana Laufenberg


Building KML Files

Intro to KML - A great YouTube vid that explains the ins and outs of KML, Shared by @edventures

Starter Spreadsheet - A tutorial on how to use the a Google Spreadsheet to publish KML files online, Shared by @edventures

YouTube - Spreadsheet Mapper 2.0, Shared by Christina DiMicelli

El Eden Trip.kmz - This is a file that will open in Google Earth and contains coordinates and information about the El Eden Ecological Reserve.


Enrich the Experience with Multimedia

Adding Audio - How to add audio to your Google Earth layers, Shared by @edventures

JakesOnline!-Google Earth Resources, Shared by Caroline O’Bannon



http://delicious.com/glennw98/googleearth, Shared by @glennw98

http://delicious.com/RMOM/googleearth, Shared by Robin Martin

http://www.diigo.com/list/dmantz7/geography, Shared by @dmantz7


Teaching Resources

http://serc.carleton.edu/sp/library/google_earth/index.html, Shared by @cindyn

http://sites.google.com/a/cusdschools.org/middleschoolge/home, Shared by @derrallg

http://joewoodonline.pbworks.com/Google+Earth+in+the+Classroom, Shared by Diana Laufenberg

http://www.socialstudiescentral.com/, Shared by @glennw98

Creating Projects in Google Earth | AssortedStuff, Shared by Christina DiMicelli 

Twenty-Three Interesting Ways* to use Google Earth in the Classroom, Shared by Christina DiMicelli

Google Earth 101 for Educators - Teaching Hacks, Shared by Caroline O’Bannon

Google Earth Lessons, Shared by Caroline O’Bannon

http://www.juicygeography.co.uk/, Shared by Diana Laufenberg


GPS & Geocaching Resources

Diane Main's GPS, Geocaching and Google Earth, Shared by Caroline O’Bannon


Geocaching with Kids


Advanced Tools

http://www.gearthblog.com/reference.html, Shared by Diana Laufenberg


Just for fun

Flight Simulator

  • Add more planes - Allows you to add 5 planes and one helicopter (similar to the Osprey) for your flight sim pleasure
  • Flight Sim controls - Directions on how to fly within Google Earth. Not for the faint of heart! But it does seem to allow you to connect a joystick so that might help.


Shared by @Macjedimatt






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