How to: Use layers in Google Earth Pro

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Layers contain additional information created by Google or its content partners.

1. Layers are activated by clicking on the check boxes.

2. A ‘✓‘ indicates that a layer is turned on. Click on the ‘✓‘ again to turn a layer off.

3. A ‘◼︎' indicates that some of the layers in a folder are turned on.

4. Layer folders can be expanded by clicking on the arrow symbol next to a folder.

5. Folders can be minimised by clicking again on the arrow symbol.

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Popular Layers

The layers in Google Earth are updated on a regular basis, so you will need to look at the layers panel in Google Earth for an up-to-date list.

  • 3D Buildings – shows buildings in 3D in major cities especially in the USA and major landmarks elsewhere.
  • Boarders and Labels – show national and international borders and the location and names of towns and cities.
  • Weather – shows live cloud, radar and forecast information.
  • Gallery – expand this folder to see layers on volcanoes, earthquakes etc.
  • Global Awareness – expand this folder to see information created by a range of NGOs.
  • Places of Interest – expand this folder to see information on hospitals, schools, geographical features, etc.
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X-Curric | Ages 7 - 11

Frozen Oceans

Based on journeys undertaken by real explorers and scientists, the Frozen Oceans (Primary) education programme is designed to introduce students to what life is like in the High Arctic.

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Geography | Ages 11 - 14

Frozen Oceans

The Frozen Oceans Geography resources are designed to take 11-14-year-olds on a journey to the Arctic following the expedition team on the 2011 Catlin Arctic Survey.

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Science | Ages 11 - 14

Frozen Oceans

The Frozen Oceans Science resources introduce working scientifically concepts and skills to 11-14-year-olds through enquiry-based lessons which replicate work done by field scientists in the Arctic.

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Geography | Ages 14 - 16

Frozen Oceans

This Frozen Oceans education resource includes two data case studies that introduce students to ocean acidification and sea ice thickness. The core of each case study is a data set from real expeditions.

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Science | Ages 14 - 16

Frozen Oceans

This Frozen Oceans unit outlines the research carried out by the Catlin Arctic Surveys and can be used in teaching the carbon cycle, ocean acidification and its impact on the Arctic ecosystem.

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Science / Geography | Ages 7 - 11

Our Ocean Planet

Our Ocean Planet takes students on a voyage round the world. Starting with Britain's surrounding seas, students will study the diversity and importance of the oceans from the Arctic to the Southern Ocean.

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Science | Ages 14 - 16

Plankton, Plastics and Poo

Plankton, Plastics and Poo for GCSE Science introduces students to the pioneering research on the impact of microplastics on the marine ecosystem. This resource brings cutting edge science to the classroom.

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Computing | Ages 7 - 11

Code Smart

Code Smart is a computing and robotics education programme based on driverless car technologies. Code Smart takes students on a journey from complete beginners to code creators.

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Computing | Ages 11 - 14

Code Smart

Code Smart is a computing and robotics education programme based on driverless car technologies. Students will develop their ability to code as well as their design thinking as they tackle smart city challenges.

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Science | Ages 7 - 11

Coral Oceans

These resources for ages 7-11 are based on the journeys undertaken by science teams taking part in the XL Catlin Seaview Survey expeditions. These resources present a complete scheme of work for the science classroom, covering core science and sustainability curriculum areas as well as enhancing students' creative and communications skills.

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Science | Ages 11 - 14

Coral Oceans

These resources for ages 11-14 are based on the journeys undertaken by science teams taking part in the XL Catlin Seaview Survey expeditions. Starting with the Great Barrier Reef in 2012, these expeditions seek to create a baseline survey of the world's reefs as well as more in-depth research on the deep reef lying between 30m and 100m.

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Geography | Ages 14 - 16

Coral Oceans

This unique scheme of work for GCSE Geography uses research carried out by the XL Catlin Seaview Survey expedition team in Timor-Leste and focuses on the interrelationship between humans and coral reefs.

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Science | Ages 11 - 14

Submarine STEM

Submarine STEM challenges students to consider aspects of submarine design. Each lesson contains a practical investigation examining the scientific principles involved in exploring the deep ocean.

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Science | Ages 7 - 11

Submarine STEM

This unique scheme of work for Key Stage 2 combines science and design technology to discover the wonders of deep-sea exploration through a series of stimulating and immersive lessons.

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Citizenship / English | Ages 11 - 14, 14 - 16

My Voice-My School

My Voice-My School focuses on the topic of quality education as enshrined in the United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Connecting UNRWA's schools with partner schools overseas, the project seeks to stimulate student conversation about quality education and what individuals and communities can do to help make it a reality for all.

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Citizenship / English | Ages 7 - 11, 11 - 14

My Voice-My School

My Voice-My school gives students the opportunity to share their ideas about education and their future. The project is grounded in the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development, with a focus on Goal 4 Quality Education. These lesson plans and resources for ages 9-12 are based on video conversations between schools.

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Science | Ages 14 - 16

Coral Oceans

This Coral Oceans GCSE Science unit of work challenges students to think about the impact they have on coral reefs as they study their importance, the consequences of threats and how to protect them. The cumulative approach to this unit means students will develop skills throughout to complete a decision-making exercise in the last lesson.

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