Google Earth is one of the more well-known “interactives” out there in the sea of Web 2.0 tools. Google Earth lets student travel anywhere on Earth to view maps, terrain, satellite imagery and other rich geographical content. Teachers are using Google Earth to enrich their curriculum in an endless variety of ways. For example, students may be asked to tour ecosystems, review field trip sites, illustrate geographic formations.
The Google Arts & Culture website is a portal that transports students into the fascinating world of art and history! Students can visit art and history sites from around the world and use the interactive elements to learn more about them. Here you’ll find selections arranged by artists, mediums, art movements, historical events, historical figures and places. Students and teachers can also bookmark their favorites.
Create an engaging and relevant literary history experience with Google Lit Trips! This unique website works with Google Earth and allows students to travel across the country stopping where different events in a book took place. Lit trips are downloadable files that “mark the journeys of characters from famous literature” on Google Earth. Be sure and download the PDF located on the website for easy to follow directions.
Bring you Google Maps alive with Scribble! Utilize Scribble Maps to give students the ability to mark up Google Maps with icons, text boxes, and more. The basic service is free and allows both students and teachers to share custom maps and publish them to a school website or blog. Bring another level of interactivity to the already impressive Google Maps with this amazing interactive tool.
This interactive flashcard site allows students and teachers to create their own flashcards (stacks) or select from a large pre-existing library You can gamify the flash cards with activities like matching, hangman, crossword puzzles and many more. You can also take practice tests based on your set of vocabulary words. Best of all the interface is easy to use and makes it easy to create your own flashcards
This website is absolutely chock full of lesson plans and activities for Google Earth for any classroom. You'll find Google Earth tutorials as well as both student and teacher centered lessons. Explore the wonders of the World, track bird migration, visit endangered rain forests and much, much more. You'll never run short of interesting lesson ideas with this great site.
Google offers a free course to help teachers dive into the full educational potential of Google Maps. There are 5 units in total where you'll learn the basics of Google Earth and Google Maps. The training module also features 4 sample projects you can practice before bringing them to your classroom.