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Integrating Google™ Earth Into the Classroom

Bring the whole world into your classroom with Google™ Earth. Utilize this Google™ tool to create instructional content infused with Discovery Education media. Learn how Google™ Earth can interact with a variety of other Web 2.0 sites such as Google™ Maps and Glogster. Explore the world of possibilities for using Google™ Earth as a creative tool for student projects. This course will focus on a wide range of uses for Google™ Earth in the classroom.


  • Teachers
  • Facilitators
  • Instructional Coaches


  • 6 hours

Maximum Participants

  • 25

System Requirements

  • Lab setting with one computer for each participant
  • Internet access
  • Presentation station with computer for presenter


  • None

Learning Outcomes

By the completion of this session participants will be able to:

  • Explore how Google™ Earth can enhance instruction.
  • Explore how Google™ Earth can be used for student projects.
  • Create a Google™ Earth tour.
  • Create specified Google™ Earth layers.
  • Embed Web 2.0 Widgets into Google™ Earth.
  • Embed Discovery Education media into Google™ Earth.

Sample Agenda

  1. Examples of Google™ Earth as an instructional tool
  2. Introduction to Google™ Earth
  3. Creating a placemark
  4. Creating a Google™ Earth tour
  5. Embedding Discovery Education Media
  6. Embedding Web. 2.0 Content
  7. Examples of Google™ Earth student projects
  8. Debrief and evaluations

They are passionate about what they do, and that is one thing I appreciate about Discovery Education Professional Development ..... these folks really believe in what they are doing and they know their stuff and they know the content.

Gerald McLeish, Ed.D

Director, Secondary Curriculum & Programs, Indianapolis Public Schools