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Google Earth in the classroom and across content area

Sometimes it is difficult to envision how we might use a tool across the curriculum and therefore justify the time it takes to train the kids on the program. Google Earth has many applications across content area! Here are a couple of good resources:

Article 1: 25 Interesting ways to use Google Earth in the Classroom

Article 2: Google Earth Across the Curriculum

Article 3: Google Earth Tip Sheet

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Google Lit Trips

I just discovered this! Google Lit Trips are projects in Google Earth based around the travels taken in books. Here is the link There are a lot of good books in there!

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When link names are too cumbersome…

Sometimes when we link a document or website to something else, it makes a nasty looking URL. Especially when sharing links with students and parents, we want the links we share to be user friendly! We have a little-known and easy to use resource at our fingertips…Shortlinks! Go to Here you can actually create a new and simpler name for any URL. There are only 2 boxes: 1. enter the URL that you want to create, 2. enter the actual URL. Then press “Add Shortlink” and you are done. This is a useful way to shorten a URL and make it useable for your audience.

For example:…too-cumbersome/ could become

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