Google Earth


Google Earth combines the power of Google Search with satellite imagery, maps, terrain and 3D buildings to put the world’s geographic information at your fingertips.

Cost: Free.
Availability: Download

Overall rankings in the 14 surveys: 2007-2020

2020: – 2019: – 2018: – 2017: – 2016: – 2015: – 2014: –
2013: – 2012: – 2011: 32 2010: 41 2009: 43 2008: 40 2007: 40

Comments from some of those who selected Google Earth as one of their top tools (pre-2012)

“students will create Google Lit Trips and other content lessons in Google Earth; good for young students who have difficulty conceptualizing that they live in Charleston which is in SC which is in the US …” Sarah Davis

“Endless possibilities! Google Earth has added so many great applications for the classroom. Keeps the students completely engaged.” Kora Stoll

“This is perhaps the most powerful tool for changing one’s world view. You don’t see many political boundaries from space at least during the day but at night it’s a different story see “The word at night” for a different view.” Rupert Russell

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