Google Earth was first featured in the Technology Times for Goochland in February 2006. Fast forward thirteen years later and this resource is still going strong and has some amazing new upgrades and features! You can now access Google Earth via Google Chrome.
New features include choose your own adventures with the new Voyager feature. Just click the helm icon on the left panel.
Once you have explored those adventures you can click on the I’m Feeling Lucky icon. You will then be randomly transported to one of 20,000 locations that were curated by the Google Earth team.
The ruler tool has always been an amazing feature. It allows you to measure distance and area to various plotted locations.
Within Google Earth are a number of additional features to explore. Google Earth Engine has ready to use data sets, time-lapses, climate and weather maps, and includes a public data archive of more than forty years of historical imagery and scientific datasets, updated and expanded daily.
You can even dig deeper and download Google Earth Pro which allows you to import and export GIS data and go back in time with historical imagery!
Not sure how to incorporate Google Earth into your lessons? You are in luck! Google has a plethora of resources for educators!