Bring the World to Your Classroom with Geo Tools

Kim Randall

Kim Randall, a global educational technology consultant, works with professional development organizations such as EdTechTeam, Discovery Education and the Krause Center for Innovation, providing relevant and engaging training centered around effective use and pedagogy of educational technologies in the classroom. She is a Google Certified Innovator, Trainer, an Apple Distinguished Educator, and holds an M.A. in Educational Technology Leadership from George Washington University, Washington, DC. She is a member of the Google Earth Education Advisory Board and currently a cohort lead for the western region. Kim is actively involved with the Google Geo Teacher’s Institute and continues to present geo-literacy related sessions at conferences, Google for Education summits, workshops, and bootcamps around the globe. She has been an elementary and middle school teacher as well as a technology integration specialist and holds a California Multiple Subject teaching credential. She is based in the San Francisco Bay Area, but often found in her spare time traveling to new places near and far, scuba diving, and dabbling with topside and underwater photography. Follow her on Twitter @scubagirl812.



Bring the World to Your Classroom MasterClass will equip you to teach your students how to explore and create using new Google Earth, Google Maps, Google My Maps, Tour Builder, and more! You’ll find practical and powerful ways to …

  • Make student thinking visible so you can see how they are interpreting geographic data

  • Help your students travel the world near and far without leaving the classroom

  • Design lessons that make any subject come alive in new and exciting ways

  • Increase students’ geo-literacy skills, by giving them tools to help them reason about, and make decisions, regarding Earth systems

  • Understand how Google Geo Tools work with GSuite for Education.


Additional Speaking

Adventures in new Google Earth & Tour Builder

Google Earth is now available through your Chrome Browser. What does that mean? That means we can take the power of Google Earth and use it on a Google Chromebook (and other laptops). Why does that matter? Because connecting kids to the Earth through geo tools is a perfect way to let them see where they are (literally) compared to the rest of the world. It takes a two-dimensional curriculum and extends it to the third-dimension. We will explore not only Google Earth but also create in Tour Builder which allows importing tours into new Google Earth. These powerful creation tools allow our students to combine literacy & writing with an in-place based experience giving them a global voice.


Creating Global Learners with Google My Maps

Helping our students make sense of the world is increasingly important today. We can by bringing Geo literacy and Geo awareness into classroom curriculum. Come explore and create with the ever evolving Google Maps & My Maps. Learn how our students (and educators too) can import and visualize data right in My Maps as well as style, layer, and measure, add media, and make simple custom maps. We'll also highlight ideas for classroom use and sample Geo literacy projects.


Storytelling in 360

Have you experienced virtual reality with your students? Maybe visited places in Google Street View? Let's get students moving from consuming content to creating VR content so they can share their communities and stories with the world. We will be building Story Spheres, creating Street View, and explore options for sharing student voice.