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ERIC Number: EJ834677
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1056-0300
Google Earth: A Virtual Globe for Elementary Geography
Britt, Judy; LaFontaine, Gus
Social Studies and the Young Learner, v21 n4 p20-23 Mar-Apr 2009
Originally called Earth Viewer in 2004, Google Earth was the first virtual globe easily available to the ordinary user of the Internet. Google Earth, at, is a free, 3-dimensional computer model of Earth, but that means more than just a large collection of pretty pictures. It allows the viewer to "fly" anywhere on Earth "to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3-D buildings, and even explore galaxies." The webpage "Google Earth for Educators" suggests that teachers first practice moving freely around in the virtual environment by changing the viewing angle and position of the globe with a click of the mouse. These views may show geographical or man-made features. In this article, the authors demonstrate how Google Earth can be used to teach fundamental skills of geography in the elementary classroom. (Contains 6 notes and 6 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A