Google Earth combines the power of Google Search with satellite imagery, maps, terrain and 3D buildings to put the world’s geographic information at your fingertips. From Google Earth home page (http://earth.google.com/)

  • Fly to a famous geographical landform or historical location.
  • View the area from above and zoom in to see roads, buildings and geographical features.
  • Tilt and rotate the view to see 3D terrain and buildings, or look up to explore the night sky.
  • Save and share your searches and favourites.

To download Google Earth on to your computer, Mac or PC, visit http://earth.google.com/download-earth.html … it’s FREE!!

Why not try these activities with your class:

1. View an image of your home, school or any place on Earth. Click Fly To and type pyramids. Google Earth flies you to the location.

2. Go on a tour around the world. In the Places panel, check the Sightseeing folder and famous landmarks. Click the Play Tour button.

3. View 3D terrain of a place – this is more fun with hilly or mountainous terrain, such as the Grand Canyon or Mt Everest. When the view shows the location, use the tilt slider to tilt the terrain.

4. Need to explain Earth’s rotation, the sun rising in the East or time zones? A zoomed out view of the Earth could help!

5. An exciting free gallery provides lots of extras for Google Earth e.g. Night Lights of the World. Matt Fox’s overlay illustrates the planet’s night time “light pollution,” with huge differences clearly visible as you fly from one continent to another. Check out, for instance, the difference between North and South Korea. 

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