Tour de Google Earth

Questions to Ponder

  1. How can your content area be studied through a geographical context?
  2. How can tours be used for student created projects?
  3. Why is Google Earth a sound instructional tool?

The Basics

  1. Placemarks
  2. Polygons
  3. Paths
  4. Image Overlay

Media Integration

  • Embed Code: YouTube, Evoca, United Streaming, Teacher Tube, VoiceThread, Slideshare, UStream, and more
  • Add a Link (HTML): <a href="url">words to link to</a>
  • Add an Image (HTML): <img src="url"</a>

Sharing Google Earth Files

  • File Name: "KML is a file format used to display geographic data in an earth browser, such as Google Earth, Google Maps, and Google Maps for mobile" and KMZ is a zipped version.
  • Saving: Save your files and place as a link on a website, blog, or wiki.


Global Maps
Maplecroft is developing a series of Google Earth files using indicators of key social, economic, environmental and political issues that are important to business and society.

Real World Math
A site dedicated to the use of Google Earth in the Math curriculum.

Google Lit Trips
A site dedicated to the use of Google Earth in the English curriculum.

Explore the Arctic
Via the Sierra Club, users can explore the National Wildlife in the Arctic

Subject-Specific Examples
A variety of examples based upon content.

Your First Tour

  1. Create an Idea for a Tour
  2. Browse to the first placemark of your location in GE
  3. Go to Add -> Placemark or just press Ctrl N to create the first placemark. A window will appear
  4. While this window is open, adjust the properties of the placemark with one or more of the following methods
  5. Give the placemark a name, and optionally add a description
  6. Create a new folder for the tour, by clicking on My Places then on New Folder
  7. Click on Ok and you will have your first placemark in your tour
  8. Browse to the next location in your tour
  9. Repeat steps 2, 3 and 4 above to set the name and description of this placemark.
  10. Drag all locations into your tour folder. Note that GE will put your placemarks in the folder in reverse order, so you might need to re-arrange them by dragging them around
  11. Repeat steps 2 to 9 for all of the placemarks on your tour. Eventually you will have a complete list of locations for your tour
  12. Try out your tour by clicking on the top level folder in the list, then clicking the play icon at the bottom of the list. Your tour is complete!
  13. To share your Tour, you should save it to a separate file. Just right-click the top level folder and select Save As.... You can then save the tour like any regular file and send it or upload it here.


Google User Guide
A wealth of information -- be prepared to spend a lot of time here!

Google Earth Community
An area for sharing Google Earth files.

Google Earth for Educators
Official Google Earth for Educators resource page.

Google Earth Video Tutorials
Atomic Learning video clips covering all aspects of Google Earth

Google Earth for Earth Science
An extensive resource for Earth Science teachers including a 25 handout

7 Things You Should Know About Google Earth

Blogs for Your Reader

Google Earth Lessons Blog
A blog (as well as website) dedicated to lessons using Google Earth.

Google Earth Blog
A blog dedicated to exploring tips, tricks, and tools in Google Earth.