Google Earth (GE) is free software that allows users to explore a virtual globe of the Earth (as well as the sky, moon, and Mars), turn information layers on and off, explore street views around the world, and create maps that can be shared with other users of GE.
GE mapping options range from inserting simple placemarks or drawing routes, to creating rich information layers, “tours” along a timeline, and importing images, video, or GIS data.
Students in a variety of disciplines—from the sciences and humanities to education and agriculture—benefit by exploring information from a place-based perspective and developing geospatial literacy.
Each Fall and Spring semester, the CTL presents a workshop on how to create maps with GE, providing examples of how to incorporate it into course assignments in various disciplines. See our events calendar to register. For questions or a consultation about teaching with GE, email Inés Berrizbeitia.
Or just dive in! The resources below provide links to download and learn to use the software. This list only begins to tap the resources made available by a vibrant and active worldwide community of users.
To embed images in a Google Earth placemark "balloon," you'll need to create a small amount of HTML code. To start, the image must be posted on the web. Then:
To simply embed an image:
<img src="paste image URL here">
Float image to right (or left) of descriptive text:
Add your descriptive text here...
<img src="paste image URL here" style="float:right; margin:10px;">
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