Google Earth and Your Curriculum

Google Earth Resources for K-12 Classroom


What is Google Earth?




Google Earth is a virtual globe program that was originally called Earth Viewer, and was created by Keyhold, Inc., a company acquired by Google in 2004. It maps the earth by the superimposition of images obtained from satellite imagery, aerial photography and GIS 3D globe. It is available under three different licenses: Google Earth, a free version with limited functionality; Google Earth Plus ($20 per year), which includes additional features; and Google Earth Pro ($400 per year), which is intended for commercial use.  Directions on how to get GEPro for Free:


Tutorials & Resources







Record tours, jump into google maps, timeline, 3 views, etc.



A KMZ or KML is a google earth landmark(s).  Once you open the KMZ, it immediately takes you to the location(s) in Google Earth.  ( A KMZ file is simply a "zipped" KML file.)

KML Gallery -


A KMZ can be a tour of a historic event


A KMZ can follow the story lines of a fictional book


Or A Children's Classic

 LHOTPMap.kmz(Location of Ancestory as well as book locations)


A KMZ can be an overlay --



 Click Here for some sample KMZ files:





Google Ocean








Google Maps to Google Earth

You can also add placemarks to google map and then click on an icon to take you to google earth (and vice versa)


Washington, DC.  --- Google Maps Placemark 


Google Sky


Google Earth Flight Simulator


From Here To There

You can also get driving directions by typing in your starting location and ending location






See Walt DisneyWorld in 3D


Using Google Earth to Teach Area and Perimeter



Google Earth For iPhone



SketchUp -


SketchUp Tutorials


PowerPoint from class  Google Earth.pptx