Ten Reasons Why You Need To Use Google Earth In Your K6 Classroom

10. Totally changes "where I went on my summer vacation" journal entry.

9. Be teamed with another class (ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD) and collaborate (http://earth.google.com/outreach/tutorial_collaborate.html)

8. Lesson plans, kmz's, and tutorials, that have been lined up with standards, are available!!

7. Eliminates the need for flat, wall maps.

6. Bring the locale of a book to life by use of tours. (IE Make Way For Ducklings, Little House On the Prairie or for older students: Around the World in 80 days, Grapes of Wrath)

5. Make the world a smaller place. Create placemarks of family members, e-mail pals, etc.

4. Ability to turn ANY lesson (geography, history, literature) into a more engaging and memorable experience.

3. Pre-Visit your upcoming field trip including distance and directions.

2. Latitude and Longitude coordinates take on much more meaning and understanding.

1. Visit locations (both present and past -- on earth and in space) that you and your students will probably never see in a lifetime.

Working with Placemarks:
http://earth.google.com/intl/en/userguide/v4/ug_editing.html#writing
· To Edit a Placemark – Right click (Control-Click) on the placemark and choose “Get Info”
· If you want an alternate view – Go to View in the Edit window and select “Snapshot Current View”.
· To add a link to a Placemark – just type in the URL
· To add a picture –
§ Copy the following code into the Placemark window.
<img src="http://www.test.com/images/myDescriptiveImage.jpg">)
§ Find the picture on the web
§ Go to www.creativecommons.org
§ Do search / google / images
§ Right click on image / Copy image location
§ Substitute what’s inside the quotation marks in your code with the location you just copied.
· To Save Placemarks – Control Click on placemark and choose “Save Place as”
· Create a folder for your placemarks by highlighting My Places, then choosing Add/ Folder from Menu bar.
· You can drag your placemarks into this folder.