Google has just released a brand new version of Google Earth for both Chrome and Android. This new version has come with a bunch of interesting features you can use for educational purposes with your students in class. Here is a quick overview of each of these features:
Voyager is a showcase of interactive guided tours to help you virtually explore beautiful places from all around the globe. You can learn about wildlife with Natural Treasures from BBC Earth, or get to discover the 12 little monsters features in Sesame Street’s Girl Muppet Around the World. There are actually over 50 immersive stories in Voyager with more stories added every week.
2- ‘Feeling Lucky’ feature
This new feature enables you to visit unexpected places with a single click of a button. Over 20,000 different places are already curated, you simply roll the dice and see where you land.’Once you’ve landed on a point of interest, 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 your travels, flip through the stack of cards and discover related places.’
3- 3D Imagery
This new feature allows you to explore different parts of the world in 3D. Whether it is the Grand Canyon or Chateau de Chambord, you will get to easily create and share postcards of beautiful sceneries you come across and share them with others through a generated link.
4- This is Home
This is Home is a special Voyager story which allows you to take virtual journeys into traditional homes from cultures around the globe. ‘You’re invited to step inside a Peruvian chuclla, a Bedouin tent and a Greenlandic IIoq, and meet the people who live there. Check back to visit more homes in the coming months.’
Watch the video below to learn more about the new Google Earth.