Everything you ever wanted to know about the new Google Earth...
...but were too afraid to ask.
is completely web-based
runs on Chromebooks, iPhones, iPads
is built for educators
Explore it at earth.google.com
has updated, high-resolution 3D imagery of locations around the world.
works with Google Classroom, too!
Also: all of the videos below are available on the this Youtube playlist.
Navigating in the new Google Earth
The Navigation tools are in the bottom right hand corner.
Zoom with the +, -, or pinch. You can also double click anywhere on the screen to zoom in to that specific location.
Click Pegman to highlight any place where Street Views are available. Click on the highlights to view imagery.
Holding "Shift" and dragging the mouse forward/backward will make the Google Earth camera parallel to the ground.
Click on the crosshair to fly to your current location.
The 3D button will tilt the view and fly in an orbit around your current location. You must be fairly close to the ground for this to work.
Can also drag the digital globe in the bottom right to move around.
Searching in the new Google Earth:
Click the magnifying glass, search for any location on Planet Earth
Locations you search for can be added to your Google Earth bookmarks to view later.
The more specific your search, the more reliable your result
Generic searches (I.E. Starbucks) will look for those locations around your current location.
Create and Explore your own Bookmarks
Add places to your bookmarks to easily access them later.
You can export your bookmarks as a KML/KMZ file to open in Google My Maps.
You can edit your bookmark names, too.
Bookmarks can be used to show locations to students of places studying in class (settings of books, famous locations from history, etc)
Learn more about locations by first doing a search in Google Earth (the Eiffel Tower, Gettysburg, etc).
Click the card which appears in the top right hand corner
Knowledge cards also show business hours, phone numbers, and helpful web listings
For physical landmarks and parks, the cards show topographical maps, related locations, and trivia.
Cards give more specific information and are good starters for research projects.
The I'm Feeling Lucky Button
Roll the dice by clicking the button, and travel to one of 25,000+ different locations around the world.
Great way to "get lost" in the new Google Earth
Make for quality student writing prompts
Customizing the Map Style
Have lower performing Chromebooks? Change the Map Style to fit your device: Clean, Exploration, or Everything.
You can also customize your own Google Earth look and feel (get rid of the cloud layer, view bodies of water, landmarks, etc)
Wonderful way to show students what the Earth looks like with no boundaries/borders.
Google Earth Voyages
Voyages are the new "Tours" of Google Earth
Interactive learning experiences for students
Voyages include Youtube Videos, weblinks, and helpful information
Organized by content area
Can be used for instruction or student self-guided learning
Voyages can be shared to Google Classroom
Share Earth imagery and Street Views to posts in Google Classroom:
Find the image/location/street view you want your class to see.
Click the "Share" button in Google Earth and select Classroom.
Select the class for the post/assignment/question.
Your selected Earth imagery is automatically attached onto your assignment/question/post for your students to view and interact with.
Uploading KML/KMZ Files to Google Earth
KML files are an easy way to visualize data/information for students.
Can import KML/KMZ into Google Chrome, Android, and iOS
Classic Google Earth Tours Work, too!
You can upload a classic Google Earth Tour (with videos and animations) and view it on the new Earth, too!
Viewing Photos in the new Google Earth
Open the Google Earth menu.
Select "Photos" to see all user submitted photos on Google Earth
You can scroll through multiple photos for different locations
Editing basic KML files
Import your KML file and click "Edit"
Click the folder/location name you want to change
Press the "label" button and edit the name of your placemark.
Viewing Tourbuilder Files
Create a Tour telling a story at tourbuilder.withgoogle.com.
Make your tour publically viewable, then click the three lines in the top right.
Click "Open in Earth" to view your tour in the new Google Earth.
The World Turned Upside Down
Sick of your students telling you that North is up?
Click and drag over the poles to invert Google Earth.
The country and ocean names remain right-side up.
Click the compass in the bottom right to flip it back.
The Measurement Tool
Measure distances, perimeter, and area using the new Measurement Tool
Click the little ruler in the lower left.
Click multiple points to determine distance.
Connect points to create a polygon.