Take a Voyage with Google Earth’s Guided Stories

Google have released a brand-new version of Google Earth for your browser. You can now tour the world in Google Earth using the new Voyager mode. Voyager is a collection of map-based stories written by Google Earth partners that is updated weekly.

Please note. To use this new feature, you’ll need to use the Google Chrome Browser. To get started, visit Google Earth. Or go direct to Voyager here. You can then choose a subject – such as nature, history, culture or education. Guided voyages include map views, audio, video and additional information.

Some of these Guided Stories have been created by major content providers such as the BBC Earth, NASA and National Geographic. For example this guided story will allow your students to join Dr. Jane Goodall as she takes you on a journey to Tanzania’s Gombe National Park and introduces you to some of the chimpanzees she has observed over the years, including a little chimp named Google. This would be perfect for Primary teachers wanting to study Jane Goodall as one of the named scientists in the science national curriculum.

Jane Goodall Google Voyager

To use a Guided Story

  1. Click on a Guided Story from the list of available stories.
  2. After you start the story, you’ll see a list of related places across the globe.
  3. On the right, you’ll see pictures or videos of the location you’re viewing.
    • Make the pictures bigger: In the bottom left corner of the photos, click Full-screen Full screen.
    • See more pictures: Click the arrows next to the photo.
  4. To move between locations, click the arrows in the bottom right, .
  5. To end the story, on the top left, click Clear Clear
  6. Your Guided Story might have other chapters to view. To see them, at the top, click Table of contents.

The I’m feeling lucky feature is also new. Click on the icon of the dice at the side of screen to be whisked to a new curated location. There are over 20,000 places to visit, so you won’t get bored!

Google Earth

The guides are a great feature, and well worth taking some time to have an explore.

What do you think? Have a play and let me know in the comments.

Author: Danny Nicholson

Danny is an author, Science teacher, ICT Consultant, PGCE lecturer and computing / interactive whiteboard trainer. He has delivered training courses across the UK, in Europe, and in Canada. Please get in touch with your training requests.

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  1. Wow, this is such a cool feature! Google has become an integrated part of the classroom in the last few years, and obviously they have no sign of slowing down. While technology in the classroom does have its pros and cons, its programs like this that really champion the use of tablets and laptops by students for interactive learning experiences. Thanks very much for this article!

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