Thursday, July 11, 2013

Google Earth....oh my!

The Best Earth Ever~ Technology Conference Day 3
I have used Google Earth in my classroom before, just by typing in the address to a location and zooming in to see the image. Man...Google Earth has so many other features that I did not know about.
1. Push Pins
The instructor of this session put a lot of emphasis on how kids will get lost and search search search in order to find out how to get their screen to look like everyone else's computer. He stressed putting a Push Pin on your home school to get the child back to where they should be. Here's how you create the push pin:

                     -Click on the yellow push pin icon above in your Google Earth screen. Move the push pin to 
                      the location you want to pin, name it and change the color. You can save  
                      these into your Temporary Files, which will stay up while your class is on Google Earth.  

                    -If you want to create the push pin before hand, create the push pins you want. Then, you can 
                      Right click, Save place as __________ and place it on your desktop or save it into a drive  
                      your students have access to. Easy Easy! These are saved as a KMZ file.

                    -Push Pins can also contain links in the description name. The instructor used these to have us 
                     research certain rivers and put push pins on each one that flows into the Chesapeake Bay. 
                     Great for 4th grade social studies!

                    *Ideas: Push pin for my school and then have each child put a push pin on where they traveled  
                      on their summer vacation. How cool would the map look for these kids?

2. Measuring from place to place: with your push pins, you can click on the ruler icon ( which is highlighted blue below) and drag a ruler from push pin to push pin. You can measure in inches, centimeters, miles, yards, etc. Great social studies and math integration in one lesson!

3. Shading certain parts on a map: Click on the polygon shape icon (to the right of the yellow push pin) and trace the location you want to shade. You can change the color and the darkness of the shading. The instructor made the shading see through so that you can still see the features of the map.

Good luck! I am so excited about different parts of Google Earth. Have you used it? If so, can you share some of the other ways you have used Google Earth with your students?

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