Facilitator Agenda
Session 6.7 Using Other Google Earth Tools

Have Google Earth open and have the earth spinning. You can have participants review how to use the different tools learned in lesson 1.

Session Overview
In this session, participants will learn to use a few more Google Earth Tools. They will learn how to use the Placemark function to mark a certain area and input information about this point. They will learn to connect points by using Add Path feature. Finally, participants will learn a new use for the Ruler tool.

Focusing Questions
What are some other Google Earth Tools?
How can I use these tools in a weather unit?

The following materials are used in this session:
-Google Earth

The following resources are used in this session.
Google Earth

INSTRUCTION (Typically lasts about 20% of session.)

Framing the Session
"In our last session, we learned how to use Google Spreadsheet to share information with the class. Today I am going to show you some other tools that are already in Google Earth that can be used to create additional lessons for your weather unit."

“Watch me as I show you how to use some other very useful Google Earth Tools. First I am going to open Google Earth. Once it has loaded, I am going to move to the West Coast of Africa. I am going to start a weather system off the West Coast of Africa and Placemark it as it moves from Africa toward the East Coast of the United States. I will start by clicking the yellow pin on the top of the tool bar above the globe. As you can see, a box opens for me to give a name to the Placemark and write information. Using the Placement Box, put the yellow Placemark pin where you want it. Then type in information in the box. For example: 'Mass of air starts to circulate when warm air from over Africa mixes with cooler air from over the water. This mixture causes the winds to start spiraling and our tropical depression is formed on July 1st.' Once I put all the information, notice that it gives me the Longitude and Latitude for this Placemark.

"If you forget to name the Placemark, you can edit it by right clicking the Placemark and hitting Rename.

"Click the yellow Placemark button and pick another place to put a Placemark. Type another set of information into this box and give it a name. For example: 'Two days later, the storm front has moved and is now been upgraded to a Tropical Storm with winds circulating at 40 MPH.'

"Add several more Placemarks and supporting information panels. Create a path that would simulate the path of a hurricane.

"Next, find the path button on the top near the Placemark button. It looks like a set of three blue dots connected by a line. Click on that button and place your marker over the first Placemark and move it to the next Placemark in a slightly erratic line to show the movement of your weather system. You can do one path at a time, or trace the entire path all at once. You can add information to your path as you like.

"By picking the polygon button, you can select an area to focus on and give it information as well. If you want a certain area to be highlighted as 'El Nino Conditions', create the area by clicking on the polygon and stretching it to the area you want it to cover. Add information to the text box just like you have in the previous placements.

"Click on the Ruler tool on the top. This activates the Ruler function. Pick a nearby city and click on it. Then move your line toward your last Placemark to get the distance from that city to the Placemark."

Discuss implications: Why might a meteorologist want to know the exact distance from a point on your weather feature to a nearby city?

Guided Practice
“Now that you have learned a few more Google Earth Tools, it is your turn to try it. Open Google Earth and Fly To the place you were born. Add a placemark with information about where you were born. Find the capital of place you were born (state, country, etc.) and add a placemark with information for this as well. Use the path tool to create a path from your place of birth to the capital. Measure the distance between the two. What other major cities are close by? How far away are they? Who would like to share their work?”


Getting Started
“Take the next 30 minutes to create your own storm path with supporting textual information. You can also use Google to look up additional information to add to your information panels. After you have created a storm, traced its path, and included questions to use the measure tool with, we will come back together and share.”

Participant Activity
Participants will...

Step 1 – Open Google Earth and find the tools above the Earth. Find the yellow Placemark tool, the connected blue dots that make up the Path Tool, the blue polygon tool, and the blue ruler that makes the Ruler Tool.

Step 2 – Decide on what type of storm you will be creating a path for. It might be a hurricane, a tornado, or a snow storm. Once you have decided, place your first Placemark by clicking on the yellow Placemark button and placing the mark. Don’t forget to give the Placemark a name and information about the storm.

Step 3 – Create several Placemarks, Names, and Information panels. Each information block should get more precise and have more for the students to do. They can locate nearby cities, measure distances, or predict paths.

Step 4 – Create a path by clicking the path tool and then connect all the Placemarks with whatever sort of pattern you like. You can give this a title and give information in this panel as well.

Step 5 - Use the Polygon tool to highlight an area that shares a certain condition or information. Remember that the information you want to share with the polygon area will appear in your My Places task pane.

Step 6 – Use the Ruler tool to do measuring on your Placemark path. You can include this information in one of your information panels or ask students to measure something in relation to your Placemarks or the path.

Facilitator Conferring
Circulate around the room and confer with participants.
Take note of particularly good examples of work that can be presented during the Share.


Ask selected participants to share particularly good examples of their work.
Lead a discussion about how this work addresses the focusing questions.
What did you like about this session? What worked well? What would you do differently?

Author: Robert McDougall
Email: rmcdougall@schools.nyc.gov
School/Employer: IS 195 / NYC Dept of Education
Title: Teacher