Beyond the Playground: Google Earth for Elementary Students

Title: Beyond the Playground: Google Earth for Elementary Students
Presenter: Jim L Holland
Description: Google Earth isn’t just for secondary schools anymore! Come find ways to design and implement meaningful Google Earth activities for use in your elementary curriculum.

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How do you beyond looking up your house in Google Earth.

  • Search and zooming functions
  • Tilting and perspective
  • Panoramia pictures> in Geographic Web Layer
  • Wikipedia > in Geographic Web Layer
  • 3 D Buildings
  • Making placemarks
    • add text, links,
    • right click and chose properties to edit placemarks
    • add some  HTML code
  • Saving Google Earth files as .kmz files
  • Measurement tool
  • Drawing tool
  • Placemark icons (personalized)

Ideas-

  • Create a kmz file for your students to explore and learn about landmarks. Add some incorrect facts in the text baloon . Have your students read through the balloon and edit the balloon of the placemark by using the strike out code ( strikeout tool) and then add the correct the statement. They need to cross reference with Wikipedia to verify and find out the “real” facts.
  • Have students edit pre-made kmz files by teachers. Give directions in the balloon and have student edit the text to enter their answers. Tescher will already place [Edit your information here] Students will save their new edited kmz files and turn in for assessment.
  • Teach students how to turn on and off placemarks to eliminate possible listed locations after they have been asked a question to locate a place on earth.
  • Passport activity. – Answer questions and then stamp their passport as proof of their visit into a word document that they will turn in. They have to copy/paste it from the link that the location has sent them too.

Embed web 2.0 into Google Earth