Aim: to learn how to use the basic functions
of Google Earth
Start Google Earth. Be patient, Google Earth uses data from the Internet so it will take a few seconds to load!
1. Your Local Area
a) Type the postcode of your school into the Search box and click on the
b) Use the Navigation Controls on the right of your screen to zoom in/out, over and around the school.
Using the Navigation Controls
Rotate using the mouse Zoom in. Double click to
to change direction automatically zoom in
Zoom out. Double click to
automatically zoom out
Click the mouse and hold to
move North. Double click to Click on ‘N’ to return automatically ‘glide’ North to face North
c) Now use the same process to find your house and primary school. If you don’t know the postcode, use the street/road name eg ‘Strawberry Lane Leeds’ will find St Bart’s Primary School.
d) Now you are going to measure the distance between places you know. Click on the Ruler icon at the top of your screen.
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e) To measure a straight line distance
between two points (‘as the crow flies’), click
your mouse on a start point (eg. your
school) and then click on your end point (eg.
your house). The distance is displayed in
miles in the grey box. You can change the
unit of measurement by clicking in the
drop down box.
f) To measure the distance more accurately click on the Path tab. You can now measure between two points using lots of small straight lines (see below).
g) Measure the straight line distance
between school and your house. Then
measure the distance between school
and your house using the path lines.
Are the distances the same?
h) Now you are going to save the location of the places you have looked at on
Google Earth by adding a Placemark. Click on the Placemark icon at the top of your screen.
i) Drag the yellow drawing pin to the location you want to save as a
Placemark. Enter an appropriate name for your Placemark in the grey box.
j) Now add at least two other Placemarks – for example your school, your home and your primary school.
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k) Your saved Placemarks should be displayed on the left of the screen.
l) Click on the Play button and Google Earth will automatically zoom in and out of all your saved Placemarks – sit back and watch!
2. Leeds and the UK
In this section you will use the skills you have just learnt and practised.
a) Use the search function to find London, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Sheffield, Cardiff. Add each of these cities as a Placemark.
b) Measure the straight line distance between Leeds and each of these five cities.
c) Zoom into each city – can you spot any famous landmarks?
3. Famous Landmarks around the World
a) Use the search function to find these famous world landmarks and add each as a Placemark: Eiffel Tower (France), Empire State Building (USA), Pyramids of Giza (Egypt), Ayers Rock (Australia), Grand Canyon (USA).
b) Use the search function to find any other famous world landmarks you can think of. Add these as Placemarks.
c) Use the Play button to visit all of your saved Placemarks.
Well done! You now know how to use the basic
functions of Google Earth!
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