Google Earth 6 is now available for everyone to download. The highlights of Google Earth 6 are improved Street View use, easier to find historical imagery, and 3D trees.
The latest version of Google Earth features Street View imagery as an integrated part of the viewing experience. No longer do you have to turn on the Street View layer in order to see street level imagery. In Google Earth 6 the “Pegman” that you’re familiar with from Google Maps is present in the standard navigation tools of Google Earth. Just grab the Pegman and drag him to the Earth to zoom in and see street level imagery.
Historical imagery in Google Earth is a feature that I’ve talked about a couple of times in the past because I think it is a good option that history teachers can take advantage of. Unfortunately, it wasn’t always easy to find it in Google Earth 5. In Google Earth 6 anytime historical imagery is available for an area the date of the oldest imagery available will appear at the bottom of the screen. Just click that date on the timeline to see the imagery.
Finally, in an effort to make 3D layers more realistic, Google has introduced 3D trees for Google Earth.
Learn more about Google Earth 6 in the video below.