Google Earth

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Google Earth is a free, downloadable application that uses a collection of organized satellite images allowing the user to scan, pan, tilt and zoom down on virtually any location on the planet. Teachers can also create or download “layers” of information to view with these images.


Google Earth version 5 has been installed on all migrated FCPS computers.  During the Summer of 2011 Tech Services plans to update the school computers to version 6.  The new version can be downloaded for free from resources below will be updated in August to reflect any changes with the newer Google Earth program once it is available.

Curriculum Connections

Besides having the world at your fingertips, there are so many ways to use Google Earth in the classroom. Check out the Google Earth for Educators site for more ideas -


Lessons, tours, and projects can be saved in Google Earth as ".kmz" files.  These files are relatively small since they contain only links to websites, pictures and videos rather than actual multimedia files.  Examples of these lessons and activities can be found at the Google Earth Lessons website, and

If you have a Google Earth lesson that you have created and would like to share, please email it to your Technology Resource Teacher and we can arrange to attach it to this website.

Equipment Needed

  • A computer
  • The Internet
  • Google Earth v. 5.1 

Google Earth 4.3 Navigation Controls 


 Tutorials and Resources


File New 7 Wonders of the World.kmz2.85 KB

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