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Google Earth Basics

  • Official Google Earth Home
    Download the latest version of Google Earth for free, or upgrade to Google Earth Plus or Google Earth Pro for a fee.
  • Google Earth User Guide
    Complete user guide includes instructions for everything you ever wanted to do in Google Earth, and more!
  • Street View Directory
    Use this map to determine which cities around the world can be viewed with Street View.

Google Lit Trips

  • Google Lit Trips
    Discover the world through literature. This site provides downloadable Google Earth tours searchable by grade level.

Google Earth Educator Resources

The following sites feature lesson plans, tips, and links for using Google Earth in the classroom.

  • Google in Education
    Google's official education site. Includes information on collaboration, digital citizenship, and platforms.
  • Google Lat Long Blog
    News and notes by the Google Earth and Maps team.
  • Google Earth Outreach Showcase
    Search for Google Earth tours (KMZ files) created for topics related to education & culture, global development, the environment, and current affairs.
  • Building Better Balloons
    Google tutorial for enhancing your tour.
  • 3D Buildings Warehouse
    This growing 3D Buildings Collection from Google allows you to download and view (in Google Earth) buildings in cities throughout the world.
  • Google Touring
    Search and download user-created Google Earth tours in categories like City Attractions, Nature, and Buildings. Create and upload your own tour.
  • Digital Geography Blog
    This blog from a British educator includes lesson plans, teaching tips, essential files, and links to other useful geography tools.
  • Google Earth Lessons
    Includes hands-on lesson ideas for students as well as teacher demonstration ideas. Video tutorials and a discussion provide a wealth of resources for incorporating Google Earth into lessons.
 

Sample Google Earth Tour

This sample Google Earth Tour explores women who are making a difference in the Middle East.

Download the Google Earth file and click on the arrow next to "Middle Eastern Women Tour" in the "My Places" panel of Google Earth. From there, double-click on START HERE to begin the tour.

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