Google Earth is an interactive map of the entire planet and beyond, packaged inside a program that’s downloaded to your computer. Its panoramic views of everything from personal homes to potential military installations are compiled from satellite images, aerial photography, and 3D graphical information systems. Google Earth is versatile enough to apply across the curriculum. In fact, an entire series of books about how to do that was recognized by the Association of Educational Publishers. What better way to connect learning to the real world than to integrate the actual real world into learning?
How can I use Google Earth in my classroom?
Compare the appearance (in 3D!) of volcanoes or use tools to measure their diameters and altitudes. Analyze the architecture of European castles, or just look at where famous monarchs lived. Turn on the Shipwrecks layer and chart a timeline of shipwrecks in the Bermuda Triangle, or use the Explore the Oceans layer to study marine life in the area. View how Las Vegas has changed since 1950. At Street View, travel the narrowest of waterways in Venice, Italy, walk the streets of Disneyland Paris, or hike canyons in the United States. Create a multimedia timeline of manned missions to the Moon. Starting to see the versatility? Yeah. – Common Sense Education