EDU 966 Google Earth in the Classroom
Presents innovative strategies for the alignment of Google Earth activities with grade-appropriate ELA, STEM and ISTE standards. Engages in research and discussion about how Google Earth can serve as a cross-curricular teaching tool. Investigates the fundamentals of Google Earth, including its creation, navigation, street view and sky views, as well as in-depth exploration of custom features.
[Formerly titled Google Earth in the K12 Classroom.]
Take your students from the bottom of the sea to the top of the world, to the moon, Mars, and beyond! Google Earth is a dynamic instructional tool, providing amazing views of our world in an interactive 3D environment. It is a no-cost application for computers (PC and Mac), tablets and mobile devices. Google Earth has countless, relevant K-12 classroom applications for interdisciplinary, task-oriented learning. Excite and engage your students while developing their reading, writing, math, science and research skills.
Participants will use multiple navigation tools to search and locate relevant locations on Earth, Mars, the moon and in the sky. Course-takers will customize map views using layers and .kml/.kmz add-ons, and create folders, annotated placemarks and audio/video tours to save and share.
During the course, participants will research and discuss Google Earth as a cross-curricular teaching tool, collaborate, and create plans for interdisciplinary application by grade level.
*Participants in this course will have a mandatory, synchronous, video conference session. Information regarding this can be found on each course registration page.
See what other educators are saying about this course
Great course with many new ideas.B.T., Elementary Teacher
Great course! Practical, valuable tools I can apply in my classroom.J.F., Librarian
I was able to explore new tools with Google Earth, and I feel more prepared to deliver instruction integrating geography skills.M.S., Elementary Teacher
I enjoyed the virtual field trip as part of the final.K.F., Special Education Teacher
The course was very practical to the classroom. The fundamentals, features, custome content, Web resources, and ISTE standards were very well presented.D.K., Math Teacher
This course was very helpful in providing information and classroom application for Google Earth and Google Maps.M.H., Elementary Teacher
This course helped me gather geography skills that could be integrated to any content area.M.S., Elementary Teacher
I will be able to help rewrite curriculum for grades k-5 in the areas of maps and geography for my district with the information and practical application this course provided.M.H., Elementary Teacher
This is a great way to engage students in lessons. This is also a resource that can be used for teacher-directed learning or student-created work. I can envision uses in the Hybrid Learning model for instruction.K.H., Language Arts Teacher
I really enjoyed the final project with HyperDocs. It was a great culminating activity that has changed how I'd like to teach. I even passed this on to my wife, who is also a teacher, and she is now loving to use these too!J.M.
I now have wonderful, engaging tools to enhance my lesson planning. The students will be able to explore, research and enjoy with a tool we already have. This is a wonderful tool for lesson planning as well.J.M.
I will definitely use some applications that are suitable to my grade level.M.S., Elementary Teacher
I thought all the assignments and projects were beneficial and helped me become more familiar with tools as aspects of certain programs/apps.K.F., Special Education Teacher
I really liked this course because it taught me things and gave me ideas on how to use Googel Earth and Maps differently.A.R., Language Arts Teacher
This course was a great combination of instruction and exploration. I had no idea the amazing things that Google earth could do!R.K., Math Teacher