Take your class Sky High with Google Earth

Ok, teachers of science. Go to Google and download the latest version of Google Earth and you will have a super cool new feature called Google Sky! View Google's mini tour to the left (which they handily posted to youtube.)

This lets you turn heavenward to look at constellations and all sorts of things! You can explore: planets, constellations, the moon, galaxies, the life of a star, and the atmosphere.

I'm also fascinated by the Google Earth Community which allows you to make and share these files.

Ideas for use:

  • Use it in junior high for earth science to interactively explore the sky.
  • Discuss the life of a star.
  • Use it on your smartboard to explore, zoom in, and discuss things.
  • The Hubble Telescope images are available to you and your students!

This is such a great tool for the science classroom. I haven't looked at the feature that allows you to look at the atmosphere, but what could you do with a study of the environment? You can study the atmosphere over various places in the world. So cool!

This is fascinating!

P.S. One of my students from last year found this and came in to tell me — oh so cool! I'm proud that he's still learning and exploring (and sharing!)

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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2 comments

Gabriela Sellart August 23, 2007 - 6:12 pm

thanks for the news. When I showed google earth to my husband’s grandson (5 years old) he insisted on clicking on the space. I didn’t imagine then this would ever be possible. Now I’ll give him the good news.

Cathy August 24, 2007 - 1:48 am

hey – I just found your blog – I am a teacher and I blog – in Bainbridge!

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