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Introduction to Google Earth

Introduction to Google Earth

What is Google Earth? Google Earth is a free, downloadable program that combines satellite images, maps, and terrain to create a 3D virtual model of the world. You can search for specific locations in Google Earth and create your own virtual tours.  Other options to […]

Tech Tip Tuesday:  Google Earth curriculum ideas

Tech Tip Tuesday: Google Earth curriculum ideas

by MaryFran Lynch http://sites.google.com/site/techtipstuesday/ Google Earth can be wonderful to use to introduce your students to the places in their text books. You may want to create your own lessons or use some that have been made available to compliment your lessons. Here are a […]

Tech Tip Tuesday – Google SketchUp

Tech Tip Tuesday – Google SketchUp

SketchUp is a free downloadable software from Google that you can use to create 3D models of anything you can imagine.  People use SketchUp to create architectural, landscape, and woodworking models or just for fun!

You can build models from scratch, or you can download what you need from the Google 3D Warehouse . This is a huge, searchable directory of models – and just like most things from Google – it’s free.

How does SketchUp work?

First you must download the software and install the program on your computer.  It’s compatible with both Macs and PCs.  The latest version is Sketchup7 .  Schools can download Sketchup7 Pro for FREE.

To build models in SketchUp, you draw edges and faces using a few simple tools.  For example, you draw a rectangle and then use Sketch Up’s push/pull tool to make it 3D.  The models you made can be completely accurate to precise measurements.  You can use SketchUp’s Paint Bucket tool to paint your model with materials like colors and textures. There are many advanced techniques to make your models look realistic.

Younger students can “play” with the software to create models or diagram while at the same time practice important geometry concepts.   The 3D Warehouse contains puzzles and geometric mosaics that would be great for introducing math concepts.

Google Earth Integration

Creating models for Google Earth presents a unique challenge compared to everyday SketchUp modeling. You can place the models you make in SketchUp into Google Earth but you might want to watch these video tutorials first . Click HERE to view basic instructions of how to place your model in Google Earth.

Another thing you can do is include real world context for your models, such as aerial photos and terrain from Google Earth.

Case Studies

Check out the following case studies that have been submitted by the SketchUp K-12 Education community.  Apartment model (right) made by elementary student.

You might spark an interest in engineering or architecture by giving a student access to SketchUp.

Here are some ideas of how you might want to use it in your classroom:

  • Build a 3D model of your school.
  • Use SketchUp to visualize the geometry concepts you are teaching.
  • Create a 3D model of the California Missions and then incorporate those models into Google Earth.
  • Have students build a model of their houses.
  • When studying architecture of the past, create a 3D model of an ancient pyramid.
  • More ideas at Google SketchUp Teacher Guide

Resources

Tech Tip Tuesday:  Custom Google Maps

Tech Tip Tuesday: Custom Google Maps

Custom Google Maps are a fun and interesting way to get students involved in map reading, measuring distances, learning about historic places or connecting places and literature.  There are so many ways you could incorporate Google Maps into your subject area – either by using […]

More ILC Reflections

More ILC Reflections

Now that I am home from the Innovative Learning Conference 2008 and have had some time to process all that happened, I can truly say that overall it was good experience for me. On Wednesday morning I attended a session by Josh Burker (fellow Pepperdine […]