Google Earth helps children visualise and discover the world around them. It’s an online program that lets you explore the earth using 3D maps and 3D street views. It also has some library images of forests and mountains, so you can see inside the White House including all the details of the Oval Office décor, as well as the spots on a jaguar inside the Amazon Jungle. (Incidentally, when you do see a large spotted cat inside the Amazon Jungle on Google Earth, the search engine Google itself can tell you, as it told me, whether it’s a leopard or a jaguar. It’s a jaguar. Leopards don’t inhabit South America. You Google and you learn.)
Depending on your child's learning style and personal interests, you can use Google Earth to:
· Find the globe’s volcanoes and researching details about their locations.
· Map the journey our food takes from the farm to our plate, and investigating the environmental impact of food choices.
· Travel back in time to learn about their own neighbourhood and how it’s changed over the years.
· View shipwrecks.
· Use the Ruler tool to calculate distances.