Google Earth

Google Earth is currently available for download as a desktop application, although you need to be connected to the Internet to use it. Every time you open Google Earth, it automatically connects to Google's servers, giving you access to terabytes of geographical, political and social data. Google Earth is a map of the world on steroids. You can zoom and glide over stitched together satellite photos of the world. Use Google Earth to find driving directions, find nearby restaurants, measure the distance between two locations, do serious research, or go on virtual vacations. You can create your own tours and embed videos, pictures, links, and text. Let's take a quick demo.

Go here to download Google Earth

Sample Google Earth Tours
Geometric Solids_1.kmz
to boldly go.kmz
Spencer's around the world project tour.kmz

Google Earth Resources

Here is a video on how to use Google Earth

Google SketchUp

Google SketchUp is software that you can use to create 3D models of anything you like. Redecorate your living room. Design a new piece of furniture. Model your city for Google Earth. Create a skatepark for your hometown, then export an animation and share it on YouTube. Get models online for free. You can build models from scratch, or you can download what you need. People all over the world share what they've made on the Google 3D Warehouse. It's a huge, searchable repository of models, and it's free. Let's take a demo.

Go here to get Google Sketch Up

Sample SketchUp Files

Google Sketch Up Resources

Here is a video on how to use Google Sketch Up

Other educational tools that Google has available
Google provides free blog spaces.
Google provides free, online word processing, presentation making, and spreadsheet software.
Google provides space to host you RSS feeds so you can stay up on the current updates to your favorite sites.
Google provides free maps and directions to locations through out the world.
Google provides space to upload and share photos.