Google Earth

LQ: 8.9

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Brain grade: 8.7
Fun score: 9.1

Platform/Console: , , , LWK Recommended Age: 5+ Thinking Skills Used: ,

Google Earth is an incredible global satellite imagery tool for exploring the Earth. Users can easily click anywhere on the globe and explore that region of the world, either close up on the streets or zoomed out from space. Google Earth creates a highly detailed, realistic 3D image of the world, letting users search the application to find their own home or explore unfamiliar regions of the globe — from Big Ben to the pyramids. Users can also record virtual tours, observe historical imagery and locations, and create three dimensional buildings using Google Earth‘s built in tools. Google Earth can be downloaded onto your computer or mobile phone and be used with little to no instruction. Due to the ease of use and simple tools, the app is recommended to ages 5 and up, though adults may need to help younger children navigate the application.


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This App is good for kids who need help with:

Focus

Getting started and then maintaining attention and effort to tasks.

Using Google Earth can be a bit overwhelming, and will require sustained attention to avoid distractions and focus in on one particularly area of the globe. Users should start using Google Earth with a specific area in mind, investigating it thoroughly. The enormous amount of information available to explore in the program means it is easy for users to divert their attention away from a particular area. There are multiple ways to investigate locations, studying the topography of landscapes or shifting through the streets of an urban metropolis  In order to thoroughly study a location, users will have learn the tools available to them and put them to use in a single area, rather than start jumping around the globe for fun.

Self-Awareness

Understanding our own actions, thoughts and feelings.

Google Earth provides users with a look at unfamiliar parts of the world, allowing them to gain a better perspective of where and how they live in comparison to other parts of the world.Users can pick a region of the world and explore the differences compared to their own home and neighborhood. By becoming more aware of cultural differences, young users can see that not all people come from the same lifestyle, culture and circumstances. Even in the same country or state, people come from very different backgrounds, and Google Earth can be a great way to introduce and discuss the best way to be understand and accommodate the differences of other people, either nearby or across the globe.

Social Studies

Geography is a crucial component to comprehending history and culture. Without understanding the geographical position of various nations, your child may not understand the historical context of world events and is less likely to retain necessary knowledge on the subject. Google Earth offers the chance to bring history alive, into the present day, and will help encourage users to be curious about the geography of the world. This interest can give them a head start when it comes to exploring history and the locations related to world events. Users can also use Google Earth to create virtual tours for history and social studies projects, showing classmates the real world areas being studied, and the visible differences between each area.

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