What is Google Earth? Google Earth is a geo-browser that accesses satellite and aerial imagery, topography, ocean bathymetry, and other geographic data over the internet to represent the Earth as a three-dimensional globe. (definition from serc.carleton.edu)
New to this Google tool?
Check out our "Basics" section for resources to get you started off on the right foot.
Ready to learn more about this Google tool and go further?
Take a look at our "Tips & Tricks" section to get ideas and suggestions.
Not sure if your students have access to this Google tool?
The "Who can use" section outlines which grade levels have access to this tool.
Wondering how this Google tool ties into Deeper Learning?
Scroll down to our Deeper Learning section for ideas and resources.
Google Earth basics
You can access Google Earth from:
- Earth homepage
- Google Apps Launcher (waffle)
Who can use Google Earth?
Only SFUSD staff have access to view and explore Google Earth. Due to data privacy concerns, students cannot access or use Google Earth.
If you have any questions, please submit a Help Desk ticket.
Deeper Learning with Earth
Deeper Learning has 4 core instructional priorities
The thinking and questioning of students is the focal point. Students build connections to prior learning and experiences, and are independent learners who make their thinking visible.
Students interact in meaningful ways through conversation, or participation in collaborative structures. The educator serves as facilitator and a collectivist or communal approach is used.
Equitable Access & Demand
Curricula is designed and instruction is delivered to ensure access for all and cognitive demand for “each and every” student, supporting independence, not dependence.
Assessment for Learning
Students are provided with time, space and support to set goals, assess learning, track progress and present their growth. Students are seen as co-designers of their assessment, owning and sharing their learning.
To learn more about Deeper Learning in SFUSD, visit the Deeper Learning Towards the Graduate Profile website.
A big piece of inquiry is student exploration and student-created questions, and Google Earth can be a tool to fuel question generation. Although students don't have access themselves, teachers can project Google Earth from their computer to serve as a jumping point for a whole class activity or for a teacher-supervised station.
This page was last updated on February 6, 2023