Google Earth

Virtual fieldwork for the classroom and outdoors

The manuals below have been created by Digital Explorer to support the self-teaching of Google Earth as an educational tool. No matter if you are a complete newbie or already use Google Earth in your classroom, the below manuals take you through features step-by-step, and are all about using Google Earth to enrich learning and understanding as well as bringing pupil skills together.

It most certainly doesn’t replace outdoor fieldwork or real-world experiences! The techniques can extend the value of fieldwork back in the classroom, where it can be reviewed, shared and used to prepare for the next time.

Google Earth may be especially beneficial for the following situations:

  • Virtual fieldwork based on far-away places using data already collected or available
  • Virtual fieldwork based on local areas, bringing together your own data and observations such as images
  • Learning about a specific geographical area – images, videos and facts
  • Learning about a specific topic for which you can view various relevant ‘layers’ incorporating data, images and facts

Virtual Fieldwork using Google Earth

An introductory manual to using Google Earth with a GPS unit and digital camera to create virtual tours of fieldwork.

You’ll learn how to: add and open placemarks and tours, create tailored descriptions and images for each placemark, share and save data and images, use GPS and digital cameras and import data, and mark and record waypoints.

Advanced Virtual Fieldwork using Google Earth

This manual contains additional techniques.

You’ll learn how to: create and format paths and polygons, use measuring tools, import spreadsheets, insert video, use image overlays and terrain integration, and create 3D graphs based on field data.

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