Many US History teachers across the country are now entering the last part of the school year. This means that students are learning or will soon be learning about the Cold War. One of the significant events that students are likely to study is the U-2 spy plane incident. Yesterday, the Google Earth Blog shared a link to a Google Earth file about the U-2 spy plane incident. In this file you can learn about the life of Francis Gary Powers and the incident.
Applications for Education
I’m a big fan of using Google Earth and Google Maps to provide students with a geographic context for history lessons. The advantage of Google Earth over a static, paper map is that students can explore the map on their own and see more detail than they could with paper map.
Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
The Science and Technology of WWII
Nearly 400 Google Earth Files for History Teachers
Google Earth Links You Might Have Missed