New Google Earth Has Exciting Features for Teachers

By Richard Chang for

Google has recently released a brand new version of  Google Earth for both Chrome and Android. This new version has come with a slew of nifty features teachers can use for educational purposes with students in class. Following is a quick overview of the most fascinating features:

1. Voyager: Voyager is a showcase of interactive guided tours to help teachers and students virtually explore beautiful places from all around the globe. You can learn about wildlife with “Natural Treasure” from BBC Earth, or have a personal encounter with the 12 little monsters featured in Sesame Street’s Girl Muppet Around the World. There are actually more than 50 immersive stories in Voyager, with more stories added every week.

2. “Feeling Lucky” Feature: This new feature enables users to visit unexpected places with a single click of a button. More than 20,000 different places are already curated; you simply roll the dice and see where you land. Once a user has landed on a point of interest, s/he can open a Knowledge Card to learn history and facts about that place and see more pictures of it. To add a dash of serendipity to one’s travels, one can flip through the stack of cards and discover related places.

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