Well-constructed Google Earth tours can be excellent multimedia alternatives to textbooks. One such example of this is a collection of Google Earth files about Captain James Cook’s exploration of Australia and New Zealand. The files contain animations and audio explanations of Cook’s explorations of the coastlines of Australia and New Zealand. I learned about these files from the Google Earth Blog. You can read more about the construction of these files on the Google Earth Blog.
Download Cook’s Exploration of Australia (warning, it’s a very large file).
Download Cook’s Circumnavigation of New Zealand.
Download Cook’s Circumnavigation of South Island, New Zealand.
Applications for Education
These files could provide helpful audio and visual aids for teachers of history and world geography.