Great ideas in the Google Earth Sightseer

26 Feb 2007

I don’t exactly know how I got on the mailing list, but I’ve been receiving the Google Earth Sightseer in my email inbox. Make sure you subscribe if you’re using Google Earth in your classroom or would like some great ideas about how to get started. The February 2007 issue alone has articles about new Google Earth search capabilities, studying human rights issues with maps, and satellite photography. Most of the articles include links to KML files that will launch in Google Earth to display the relative points of interest. The new Google Earth search is particularly interesting. From the newsletter:

Search is at the heart of everything we do here at Google. That’s why we’re excited to announce a new search innovation that’s available today in Google Earth. Now you can now search through all of the world’s Keyhole Markup Language (KML) files, making the millions of Google Earth KML files on the Web instantly accessible for geobrowsing and exploration.

So if your students are creating KML files, you can post them on your district Web site and they will become searchable for all the world to see. It’s another great way to share and collaborate.

One response to Great ideas in the Google Earth Sightseer

  1. John Wetter 9 Mar 2007 at 9:21 am

    For the Earth Science teacher, there are also a lot of great layers you can put on Google Earth for instruction. Being a weather nut, I like to use the snowfall and snowpack monitoring tools from the National Operational Hydrologic Remote Sensing Center: http://www.nohrsc.noaa.gov/earth/

    They also have some 3D fly-through animations showing snow cover information. Some neat tools to watch the snow disappear and to take a look at spring flooding potential in the classroom.

    Also, the national Weather service makes available all kinds of information into KMZ files for Google Earth:
    http://www.srh.noaa.gov/ridge/kmzgenerator.php

    You can get radar and satellite images and even animations, along with displaying warning polygons. The science teachers reading this will likely remember me presenting this at the Minnesota Earth Science Teachers Association workshop last month.

    -John