Free Educational and Spatial Data Resources

Geography, Social Studies, Earth and Environmental Sciences - Resources and Lesson Plans

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Atlas of Our Changing Environment: https://na.unep.net/atlas/google.php https://na.unep.net/atlas/googleEarth.php
NASA Global Climate Change: http://climate.nasa.gov/
Google Eart QUEST Tour: http://www.personal.psu.edu/uxg3/blogs/googleearthquest/six-degrees-our-future-on-a-hotter-planet/
Google Maps Street View: https://www.google.com/maps/views/streetview?gl=ca
Google Earth Outreach: http://www.google.com/earth/outreach/index.html http://www.google.com/earth/outreach/stories/showcase.html http://services.google.com/earth/outreach/npostrategies/
Googel Earth Gallery: http://www.google.com/gadgets/directory?synd=earth&preview=on
Google Earth Community forum: https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!forum/gec
QUEST - Google Earth journeys: http://www.personal.psu.edu/uxg3/blogs/googleearthquest/
Google Earth Lessons: http://gelessons.com/lessons/
Google Earth K12 exercises: http://www.personal.psu.edu/uxg3/blogs/googleearthquest/k12exercises.html
Designing and Creating Earth Science Lessons with Google Earth (can be adapted for other subjects): http://stevekluge.com/projects/dlesege/dlesegemanual/manual.html
TEACHING (AND LEARNING) WITH GOOGLE EARTH: http://sites.duke.edu/tlge/
Take An Earth and Space Science QUEST!: http://www.personal.psu.edu/uxg3/blogs/googleearthquest/
PAESTA Common Read Books (some with GE file): http://www.paesta.psu.edu/common-read-books
Google Earth in Geoscience Education: http://www.digitalplanet.org http://www.geode.net/
John Bailey Virtual Globes and KML: http://www.snap.uaf.edu/earth/
STEVEN WHITMEYER Google Earth Labs and Exercises: http://csmres.jmu.edu/Geollab/Whitmeyer/web/visuals/exercises.html
Tools for Generating Geologic Maps in Google Earth: http://csmres.jmu.edu/Geollab/Whitmeyer/web/visuals/maptools.html
Rich Treves Google Earth for Teachers (GEFT): http://moodle.soton.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=2 http://googleearthdesign.blogspot.ca/
The Science Education Resource Center at Carelton College (SERC): http://serc.carleton.edu/index.html
Using Google Earth in the Geoscience Classroom (SERC): http://serc.carleton.edu/sp/library/google_earth/index.html
SERC List of Google Earth Activities: http://serc.carleton.edu/sp/library/google_earth/activities.html
Google Earth and Geoscience Education: http://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/visualize04/tool_examples/google_earth.html
K-12 Mapping Activities: http://serc.carleton.edu/k12/map_activity.html
How to Teach With Google Earth: http://serc.carleton.edu/sp/library/google_earth/how.html
Google Earth for Educators: 50 Exciting Ideas for the Classroom: http://www.associatesdegree.com/2010/03/14/google-earth-for-educators-50-exciting-ideas-for-the-classroom/
Scholastic Explore Your Earth: http://teacher.scholastic.com/lessonplans/exploreyourearth/
Google Earth for Educators: http://sitescontent.google.com/google-earth-for-educators/
GE Classroom Resources: http://sitescontent.google.com/google-earth-for-educators/classroom-resources
Google Earth Outreach - Develop a plan for your map: http://services.google.com/earth/outreach/npostrategies/
Google Earth Outreach tutorials: http://www.google.com/intl/en/earth/outreach/tutorials/all.html
Google Earth Gallery: http://www.google.com/gadgets/directory?synd=earth&preview=on
Google Earth Community forum: https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!forum/gec
Google Earth Blog: http://www.gearthblog.com/
Designing for Google Earth: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nl3Zvp4mFXs
Google Earth education youtube tutorials: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL190C90DCE62242C9
Juicy Geography resources: http://www.juicygeography.co.uk/resourceslist.htm
Digital Library for Earth System Education: http://www.dlese.org/library/index.jsp
REAL EARTH SYSTEMS SCIENCE & VIRTUALFIELDWORK.ORG: http://virtualfieldwork.org/Welcome.html
IRIS Education and Public Outreach: http://www.iris.edu/hq/programs/education_and_outreach
My NASA Data: http://mynasadata.larc.nasa.gov/my-nasa-data-lesson-plans/
NASA Landsat Education: http://landsat.gsfc.nasa.gov/?page_id=11
OpenTopography: http://www.opentopography.org/index.php/resources/education
The Canadian Association of Geographers Educational Links: http://www.cag-acg.ca/en/educational_links.html
National Association of Geoscience Teachers teaching resources: http://nagt.org/nagt/teaching_resources/index.html
iPad iBooks Apps: http://www.paesta.psu.edu/ibooks-earth-space-science
Cyber-Enabled Earth Exploration (CE3): http://www.spatialsci.com/CE3/
Volcanoes: http://www.spatialsci.com/ce3/index.php/sID/048d2fd6/fuseaction/curriculum.cms.htm
Earthquakes: http://www.spatialsci.com/ce3/index.php/sID/ca8a0593/fuseaction/curriculum.cms.htm
Plate Tectonics: http://www.spatialsci.com/ce3/index.php/sID/cfbd33ab/fuseaction/curriculum.cms.htm
Visible Geology: http://app.visiblegeology.com/
GeoMapApp: http://www.geomapapp.org/education/index.html
Climographer: http://www.departments.bucknell.edu/geography/weather/climographer.html

Humanitarian

Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team [H.O.T.]: http://hot.openstreetmap.org/
Google Earth Outreach: http://www.google.com/earth/outreach/stories/showcase.html
ReliefWeb: http://reliefweb.int/
iMMAP: http://www.immap.org/index.php
HarassMap: Social Mapping Sexual Harassment and Violence in Egypt: http://harassmap.org/en/
ACLED (Armed Conflict Location and Events Dataset): http://www.acleddata.com/maps/
Crisis in Darfur: http://www.ushmm.org/learn/mapping-initiatives/crisis-in-darfur
World Food Programme (WFP): http://www.wfp.org/

Literature

Google Lit Trips: http://www.googlelittrips.com/GoogleLit/Home.html
Download Google Lit Trips: http://www.googlelittrips.com/GoogleLit/Downloads_etc..html
Discovering locations within books and films - e.g.: http://www.juicygeography.co.uk/northernlights
GoogleLitTrips Reading About Reading: http://www.scoop.it/t/google-lit-trips-reading-list
Google Earth Education Community: http://edweb.tusd.k12.az.us/dherring/ge/googleearth.htm
Google Earth in Education - Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0ZYI2mZHI8
Google Earth in Education - Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOYI4r1U9aY
Bookmapping: Lit Trips and Beyond (book by Cavanaugh and Burg): http://www.amazon.com/Bookmapping-Beyond-Terence-W-Cavanaugh/dp/1564842835

History

Teaching History with Google Earth: http://sites.duke.edu/tlge/2009/11/19/teaching-history-with-google-earth/
David Rumsey Map Collection: http://www.davidrumsey.com/home
History Tours: http://historytours.wikispaces.com/
Google Earth Community forum: http://productforums.google.com/forum/#!forum/gec-history-illustrated-moderated
Flying Through the Crusades: http://kthorne.pbworks.com/w/page/6848602/Flying%20Through%20the%20Crusades
Google Earth Education Community: http://edweb.tusd.k12.az.us/dherring/ge/googleearth.htm
Google Cultural Institute: http://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/home
Mapping the Holocaust: http://www.ushmm.org/learn/mapping-initiatives/mapping-the-holocaust-google-earth
Historical GIS of the Normandy Invasion: http://www.usna.edu/Users/oceano/pguth/website/kml/normandy.htm
Military Applied Geomorphological Mapping: Normandy Case Study: http://www.usna.edu/Users/oceano/pguth/website/kml/normandy_geomorph/normandy_geomorph_mapping.htm
British Columbia History teaching tools: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/topic.page?id=5865ED4E137C417CB78272146C300AC3

MUSIC

Google Earth as a tool for teaching World Music: http://www.personal.psu.edu/uxg3/blogs/googleearthmusic/

ART

Google Cultural Institute: http://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/home
Google Earth Community forum: Google Earth Community forum

Astronomy

Sky in Google Earth : https://support.google.com/earth/answer/148163?hl=en http://www.google.ca/earth/explore/showcase/sky.html
Stellarium: http://www.stellarium.org/
Sky View Cafe: http://www.skyviewcafe.com/
NASA SkyView Virtual Observatory : http://skyview.gsfc.nasa.gov/

Mathematics

Real World Math (with Google Earth): http://www.realworldmath.org/
Google Earth in Education - Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0ZYI2mZHI8
Google Earth in Education - Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOYI4r1U9aY

GPS (Global Positioning System)

EarthCache (info for teachers): http://www.earthcache.org/
GPS Basics: http://www.evalamar.com/GPS/GPS-basics.htm
Handheld Devices in the Classroom: http://eduscapes.com/tap/topic78.htm
Geocaching Forum GPS In Education: http://forums.groundspeak.com/GC/index.php?showforum=12
GPS Activities & Lesson Plans: http://www.evalamar.com/GPS/GPS-activities.htm
Using GPS in the Classroom: http://www.cfa.harvard.edu/space_geodesy/ATLAS/classroom.html
GPS Activities: http://www.csun.edu/science/geoscience/gps/index.html
GPS for Geography teachers: http://www.juicygeography.co.uk/gps.htm
Teaching Ideas for GPS: http://www.juicygeography.co.uk/gpsschool.htm
GPS & GIS Lesson Plans & Links: http://sciencespot.net/Pages/classgpslsn.html
GPS Activities: http://www.science.org.au/nova/066/066act.html
GPS Data For Educators: http://www.unavco.org/edu_outreach/data-for-educators/data-for-educators.html
GPS Resources and Tutorials: http://www.unavco.org/edu_outreach/teachers.html
Geocaching: http://www.geocaching.com/

DATA

Open Data links (ESRI Canada site): http://esri.ca/en/content/open-data
National Snow and Ice Data Center: http://nsidc.org/data/virtual_globes/
Google Earth Community forum: http://productforums.google.com/forum/#!forum/gec
Google Earth Library: http://www.gelib.com/
David's Google Earth files: http://earth.tryse.net/
Natural Earth: http://www.naturalearthdata.com/features/
Natural Earth Google fusion tables: https://www.google.com/fusiontables/DataSource?dsrcid=394713
Google Earth Gallery: http://www.google.com/gadgets/directory?synd=earth
Geology Landforms: http://www.digitalplanet.org/site/APP.html
NOAA National Weather Service National Weather Data: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/gis/kml/
National Weather Service Weather Prediction Center: http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/kml/kmlproducts.php
Weather Underground Weather Overlay Resources: http://www.wunderground.com/blog/Rainman32/comment.html?entrynum=25
USGS Earthquake Hazards Program: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/learn/kml.php
Volcano Monitoring: http://ge.images.alaska.edu/
Climate Change: http://sitescontent.google.com/google-earth-for-educators/classroom-resources/lesson-plan-library/impact-of-climate-change
Free GIS Data: http://freegisdata.rtwilson.com/
United Nations Environment Programme UNEP Environmental Data Explorer: http://geodata.grid.unep.ch/
UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO): http://www.fao.org/home/en/
FAO GEONETWORK: http://www.fao.org/geonetwork/srv/en/main.home
GISTPortal (USAID funded): https://gistdata.itos.uga.edu/
USA Data.gov: http://catalog.data.gov/dataset
US National Atlas: http://nationalatlas.gov/
EPA Waters Data: http://water.epa.gov/scitech/datait/tools/waters/tools/waters_kmz.cfm
EPA Watersheds: http://water.epa.gov/type/watersheds/
USGS Water Data: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis
My NASA Data: http://mynasadata.larc.nasa.gov/
NASA Earth Observations: http://neo.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/
NASA Visible Earth: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/
NASA Earth Observatory: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/
NASA EOS Project Science Office: http://eospso.gsfc.nasa.gov/content/nasa-earth-science-data
Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) Google Earth Tours: http://education.eol.org/page/eol-google-earth-tours
EOL Google Earth Species Quiz: http://education.eol.org/sites/default/files/google_earth/quiz/EOL_Wheredoesitlive.kmz
USGS BISON: http://bison.usgs.ornl.gov/
Biodiversity on the move: http://google-latlong.blogspot.ca/2012/01/biodiversity-on-move.html
Oceans: http://www.mpcfaculty.net/alfred_hochstaedter/OceanData.htm
data.NASA: http://data.nasa.gov/ http://data.nasa.gov/about/
NASA Global Maps: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/GlobalMaps/?eocn=topnav&eoci=globalmaps
LiDAR Derived Imagery in Google Earth: http://opentopo.sdsc.edu/gridsphere/gridsphere?cid=geonlidar&format=ge
Atlas of the Biosphere: http://www.sage.wisc.edu/atlas/maps.php
OpenStreetMap data in Google Earth: https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/OSM_in_Google_Earth
Geographic Data in Education (GEODE): http://w
Wikimedia Commons: http://www.worldwatcher.northwestern.edu/

Books

Bookmapping: Lit Trips and Beyond (by Cavanaugh and Burg): http://www.amazon.com/Bookmapping-Beyond-Terence-W-Cavanaugh/dp/1564842835
Using Google Earth: Bring the World into Your Classroom (by JoBea Holt): http://www.amazon.com/JoBea-Holt/e/B001JP8ITA/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1
Google Earth Exercises for Human/Cultural Geography (by Ghazaryan and Shellito): http://www.amazon.com/Google-Earth-Exercises-Cultural-Geography/dp/1464121990
GPS and Geocaching in Education (by Burt Lo): http://www.amazon.com/Burt-Lo/e/B003UM5GN6/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1
A Teachers' Introduction to Google Earth and GPS Receivers (by Heather Almquist et al): http://www.amazon.com/Teachers-Introduction-Google-Earth-Receivers/dp/1449502768
Google Earth and Virtual Visualizations in Geoscience Education and Research (editors Whitmeyer et al): http://www.geosociety.org/Store/detail.aspx?id=SPE492
Google Earth & GPS Classroom Activities (by Jim Holland et al): http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=ntt_athr_dp_sr_1?ie=UTF8&field-author=Jim+Holland+%26+Susan+Anderson&search-alias=books&text=Jim+Holland+%26+Susan+Anderson&sort=relevancerank
World Regional Geography:Concepts & Google Earth Workbook (by Pulsipher et al): http://www.amazon.com/World-Regional-Geography-Concepts-Workbook/dp/1464125996/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1382493115&sr=1-5
Google Earth Exercises for World Regional Geography (by Bradley A Shellito): http://www.amazon.com/Google-Earth-Exercises-Regional-Geography/dp/146413135X/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1382493115&sr=1-4
Encounter Physical Geography: Interactive Explorations of Earth Using Google Earth (by Porter and O'Connell): http://www.amazon.com/Encounter-Physical-Geography-Interactive-Explorations/dp/0321672526
Encounter World Regional Geography: Interactive Explorations of Earth Using Google Earth (by Jess C. Porter): http://www.amazon.com/Encounter-World-Regional-Geography-Porter/dp/0321681754
Mapping Skills with Google Earth - Big Book (by Paul Bramley): http://www.amazon.com/Mapping-Skills-Google-Earth-Book/dp/1553195523/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1382493531&sr=1-2
Web 2.0: How-To for Educators (by Solomon and Schrum): http://www.amazon.com/Web-2-0-Educators-Gwen-Solomon/dp/156484272X/ref=pd_bxgy_b_text_y