Creating Awesome Placemarks in Google Earth

Session Description                                                                                                     

Google Earth is a dynamic tool for constructing knowledge and it is easier to create beautiful looking placemarks than it is made out to be. I will highlight tips for creating polished looking content in Google Earth and show off a few ways to string together placemarks to tell a story or guide student exploration.


  • Suggested audience: classroom teachers, school/district leaders


  • Time: 9pm Eastern, 30 minutes in length
  • Conference hashtag: #eduonair

Benjamin Friesen
Digital Content Specialist, Flipped Education | Hopkins Public Schools

Benjamin Friesen is a Digital Content Specialist in the Hopkins Public Schools in Minnesota. Benjamin taught science for 7 years and now focuses on professional development and directly supporting teachers in his district. He is a Google Certified Teacher and a Google Apps for Education Certified Trainer and looks forward to every opportunity he has to try and inspire other educators to connect their students to the world around them. Benjamin is also a co-founder of Flipped Education, a professional development company focused on using technology to help foster and amplify the learning process.


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