Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Google Earth Tour - Where we went in the holidays

Today we were lucky enough to have Mrs Burt come in to show Room 8 and Room 4 some really cool things using Google. She is New Zealand's only Google Certified Teacher, and since we are learning all about Google we thought she'd be perfect to teach us!
First she showed us how Mr Google knew all about what we had done in the holidays. We went on a tour of all the places us kids had gone! Then she showed us ways of using google for our basic facts and spelling. Did you know Google can do some of your homework for you?!

If you want to see our tour, then here are the instructions (You will need Google Earth version 5 or higher on your computer to play the tour. If you don't have it, click here to download it):
Click on this image to download the Google Earth tour of our holidays.
  • Click on the Google Earth image
  • Your computer will begin to download a file called a .kmz (it might ask your permission to do so first) If you have a flash computer it might ask you right now if it can open Google Earth. If not, go on to the next step....
  • It will save the file somewhere eg on your desktop or in a downloads folder
  • Look for the file. This one is called "Grey Lynn School.kmz"
  • When you find it, double click it and Google Earth should start up for you - it will probably look quite like the image you see here to begin with.
  • Now you can explore our tour on Google Earth
  • Don't forget to tell us what you think!


  1. Abi (Josie's mum)August 26, 2010 at 5:01 PM

    I just had a look at where you all were in the holidays. All over the place! What super photos. I'm so glad I don't have to do Oli's washing.

    Google Earth is a great way to see where New Zealand is in relation to the rest of the world. We just turned the globe around and had a look in Josie's Grandma and Grandpa's back garden on the other side of the world.

    You are so lucky to have had Mrs Burt come and present to you. I heard that was "fun and fascinating". Thank you Mrs Burt.


  2. Hi Room 4 and Room 8. I am pleased you enjoyed the Google Earth afternoon. I did too. I told Mrs Hamilton that she has a wonderful class of very clever people to teach :) I hope you have managed to download the tour and play it to your parents at home. I can see that Josie's Mum has got it figured out already. See you at the production!
    Mrs Burt