Google Earth Exploration
This tool is a way to explore our planet without leaving your seat!

Learning Objectives:

I can ....
  • use the video tutorials and handouts below to learn the tool
  • visit the school & your home and learn how to shift the perspective
  • navigate the planet to a specific locations
  • use latitude and longitude to get to a location
  • convert an address into latitude and longitude coordinates
  • use the layers functions
  • select a google tour to explore
  • determine and explore 5 places you have always wanted to go
  • visit those spots and write a few sentences about what you observe from the experience
  • research some facts such as population, climate, and anything else you find interesting
  • create a document in Google Docs, (word processor) with at least : 3 facts, one image and your observations for each location
  • print and save the document

Google Earth "YOU NEED TO KNOWs" by Suzanne Franchetti - Denver Colorado

•The images are not in real time. Most images are two to three years old. Overhead images have been obtained from a variety of sources, including declassified satellite data and commercial aerial imagery.
•Most of the earth is low resolution imagery, but some places, such as major metropolitan areas, offer much higher resolution.
•Satellites are in a Polar Orbit, so the images tend to run North / South.
(Satellites circle the Earth from North Pole to South pole back to North Pole taking pictures)
•The "Fly To" box can be a little finicky!
•Latitude/longitude is separated by number phrase and direction with a space, but NOTHING ELSE (i.e., 42 118 39E 37 19 125 S).
•Be at the right "eye altitude" (the height you are above the Earth). Sometimes you need to zoom OUT to get a larger picture and sometimes you need to zoom IN pretty close.
•Make sure you check to see that the correct layers are on for what you are searching for!
•Always wait for the video streaming (in the lower center of the satellite picture) to reach 100 percent

Get to know Google Earth tutorial

Navigating Video "How to"

USE LATITUDE/LONGITUDE You will have to know the latitude/longitude of your location.
The latitude/longitude for GSOTA is 26.811063 -80.097018
This website (
converts any address into latitude/longitude coordinates that you can copy and paste into the Fly To box.

Searching Video "how to"

To take a screenshot of your spot: (on a PC - just like we did for floor planner) to use in your document:

  1. Hold down the SHIFT key and hit the PrtScn button (above the INSERT key);
  2. Open Paint (a free photo editting tool located in your Start Menu - search programs for PAINT)
  3. In the Menu bar, go to Paste to paste the image into this tool.
  4. Use your selector tool (looks like a box) to draw a border around the part of the screen shot you want to keep.
  5. Then choose "Image" and "Crop to Selection" from your menu bar.
  6. Now go to "File" and "Save As" to save your cropped image to your student account
  7. rename it so you know what you saved
  8. Make sure you are saving your image as a .JPG or .PNG file type and that your

For those who want to go to the next step - Create a google tour for others to enjoy !!

Follow these instructions :
Tour Builder Link
Sample of Google Earth Tour

More learning and viewing !! There is also Google Sky and Google Ocean

Google Earth Official Channel YouTube

Enjoy your travels !!