Google Earth

Google Earth Tutorials:

Google Earth Resources:
Tons of ideas for Google Earth:
Google Earth Blog:
Instructional Uses for Google Earth:

Google Earth Tours:
Google Earth Tours can be created for a variety of purposes.
  • Teachers sharing locations that have to do with a new unit
  • Teachers sharing tours of continents, ocean, landforms, etc. that will be studied in class
  • Scavenger hunts to explore different places.
  • Student created tours of landforms, cities, countries, time zones and just about any other map related concept
  • Student created tours to tell a story about and adventure.
  • Student created tours to tell about their community, town or city.

Tours can include:
  • Placemarks
  • Descriptions of places
  • Pictures of places
  • Audio telling about places
  • Music
  • Layers, 3-D Buildings, and many other special features
  • Embedded projects such as VoicThreads for certain places

Follow these step-by-step directions:

1. On Toolbar click on Add -> Folder :: Give it a name and description

2. Zoom to the location you wish to start with. Select/deselect the layers as desired.

3. Click on the placemark icon on the toolbar.

4. Give the placemark a name and description (icon can be changed)

5. Fly to next placemark and orient the earth in the direction you wish to fly into this placemark.

6. Repeat steps 2-4 until you have created all the placemarks you want.

7. Click and drag the placemarks into the folder, arrange them in the order you wish.

8. To play a tour, click on the folder icon w/ the play button.

*to add a picture to a placemark, locate the copyright friendly image, use Google advanced image search and choose 'labeled for reuse'. Find an appropriate image and click on 'full-size image'. Copy the url and paste into the Placemark description using the following html code: <img src="paste url here"> Be sure to include attribution to the image.

Creating a Google Tour:

Setting up the Placemarks:

Adding Audio and Saving the Tour:

Check out this Google Map project done by Mrs. Miller's Special Interest Students:
Each student researched a location of interest and placemarked it on the map. Within each placemark they included information, sources, pictures, and a link.

Math Maps Collaborative Project using Google Maps