What is Google Earth?

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.

As an updated feature Google Earth now allows browsing of the sky and heavenly objects such as stars, constellations, galaxies, planets, and the moon. To view the sky and outer space click “View”, then “Switch to Sky”. In this view the earth will be hidden and is replaced with a 3D version of the sky in a reverse globe.

Google Earth should be automatically loaded on all FCPS computers in the county. If you do not see Google Earth on your computer, talk to your school’s technology coordinator.

Google Earth Pages

Basic Controls


Add Content Tab

Creating Tours

Online Resources for Google Earth:

Google Earth User Guide
Google Lit Trips: download .kmz files for Google Earth that correspond with novels
Google Earth Outreach Showcase
Google Earth Outreach Tutorials