Google Earth Goes to the Movies
presentation notes

This presentation gave an overview of a number of things related to Google Earth and it's use in education. The outline included:
  • An overview of my school's Ancient Egypt project
  • Examples of other curriculum projects
  • A brief Google Earth how to, including how to create a tour.
  • How to record a tour and add audio in Google Earth
  • How to record a tour with iShowU (many other screencasting software exists)
  • Lessons Learned
  • Additional information about Screencasting (there was no time for this, but information is provided on the screencasting software page)

Google Earth Goes to the Movies presentation

Google Lit Trip screenshot from "Make Way for Ducklings", which was shown during the presentation.


Don't forget that the default view in Google Earth is top down. (Not always the most interesting.) If you are showing a mountain, for example, tilt the earth and you will see the height of the mountain (make sure terrain is turned on under layers) instead of looking at it's peak.

Additional details from the presentation

Google Earth adds a visual aspect to Social Studies, History and Science curriculum. It can also be used in conjunction with Literature that includes journeys or as a story starter/planner.

Google Earth resources are listed here.

Sample movies created in Google Earth are on the GE Movies page.

Once your students have created their tours, you'll want to share them.

Ways to share Google Earth projects
  1. Save your tour/project as a .kmz file and anyone can open it with Google Earth.
  2. Use screencasting software to record a tour and then share the movie you have created.
    1. Edit the movie if you need to add a title or credits.
    2. Put that movie on a website.
    3. Put that movie on a DVD for kids to take home.

Screencasting software can be found here.