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Google Earth for Students


Why Google Earth?

Imagine traveling around the world to all of the exciting places you read about in novels and textbooks or talk about in class discussions.  Google Earth allows you to step into the map and visually enhance the knowledge and understanding that we have found to be valuable.   Now think, what can you bring to the table and share with others?  What can you construct, design, customize, integrate, document and discover with Google Earth?   


Organizing Your Project

Before you begin creating your Google Earth project, remember to create a folder in Google Earth to hold all of the components if you plan on creating more than one placemark.
  1. Open Google Earth.
  2. Right click on My Places and select Add > Folder.
  3. Give your folder a title (Example: 23A-Group1).
  4. Place all content (i.e. placemarks, paths, polygons, etc.) into this folder.

Media Integration


FAQs and How Tos

 Note: If you would like to use the Atomic Learning tutorials below, please contact Mrs. Bitter at for the username and password.



Saving Your Project

  1. Click on the folder (or placemark) you would like to save.
  2. Go to File > Save > Save Places As...
  3. Navigate to your user folder by clicking on the drop down menu next to Save in: and selecting your user folder. Note: If you are using a Mac you will need to log in using the springs in the dock.
  4. Give your project a name if it is not already named and click Save.
Note: Your project will be saved as a .kml or .kmz file and can only be opened in Google Earth.

Sharing Your Project

Sharing with Your Teacher:
  1. First save your project to your user folder if you have not done so already.
  2. Open your User Folder on the desktop and copy the .kmz file.
  3. Go back to the desktop and open Teacher Folders - GBN (PC) 
  4. Navigate to your teacher's folder and open the ToTeach folder.
  5. Paste the file into the ToTeach folder.



Creative Commons Search
Flickr Storm
Open Photo Project
NASA Images
Worldly Images
Library of Congress
    Great resource for historical pictures, documents, audio files and other references.




Find audio clips for all subjects that can be embedded directly into your Google Earth project.
Record your own audio by uploading an audio file, recording using a microphone, or calling in with your cell phone.