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Google Maps & Google Earth

Google Maps (excerpt from Wikipedia) is a __web mapping__ service application and technology provided by __Google__, free (for non-commercial use), that powers many map-based services, including the Google Maps website and maps embedded on third-party websites via the Google Maps __API__ (application programming interface). It offers street maps, a __route planner__ for traveling by foot, car, bike (beta) or public transport and an urban business locator for numerous countries around the world. Google Maps satellite images are not updated in real time; they are several months or years old.

Google Earth (excerpt from Wikipedia) is a __virtual globe__,__map__ and __geographical__ information program that was originally called EarthViewer 3D, and was created by __Keyhole, Inc__, a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) funded 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 was available under three different licenses, two currently: Google Earth, a free version with limited function and Google Earth Pro ($399 per year), which is intended for commercial use. Schools that create Google Apps for Education accounts are offered free access to use Google Earth Pro.

Google Earth lets you fly anywhere on Earth to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings, from galaxies in outer space to the canyons of the ocean.

In-class activity #1 - Google Maps
1) Go to training Web site at:
2) Open Google Earth & Maps page (see left panel under Home)
3) Go to:
4) Click on Get Directions button at the top of the Web page.
5) In the top box, type the place your were born (i.e. Blanchard Valley Medical Center, Findlay, OH). In the second box, type in the name of your place of work (i.e. Evergreen High School, Metamora, OH)
6) Click on the solid blue w/ white letters Get Directions box that is below the 2nd address.
7) Complete the Google Form at:
Suggested classroom extensions:
8) Create a chart for Miles column. Discuss.
9) Share the spreadsheet with each student; their assignment is to find the mean, median, and mode of the Miles submitted.
10) Create bar graphs within the spreadsheet to compare the states and cities.
Note: If time, take look at Satellite view, Photos, and Weather.

In-class activity #2 - Google Earth
1) Open the program on your computer. Google Earth must be installed from, but one must have online connectivity to use the program.
2) Type in your home address. Click on search button (magnifying glass).
3) Add a Placemark for your home. Does a little man icon appear below bottom circle on the right side of the map? If yes, drag to take a look at the street view that is available in Google Earth.4) Type in the address of Evergreen High School.
5) Change the Placemark icon to a school.
6) Make a folder, name your folder, and drag these two Placemarks in the folder.
7) Locate your favorite vacation spot and add a Placemark.
8) Drag this last Placemark into your folder.
9) If time, check out the Sightseeing Tour installed by default in Google Earth.

Check out the classroom resources for Google Earth & Maps at (EVG Google Earth & Maps page).

Especially great is the Google Earth Lesson Web site from David and Tom Barlett’s Google presentation, “26 Interesting Ways to Use Google Earth in the Classroom.”

Judith M. Tucker, NWOET 800.966.9638,