What Google Earth 🌏 Taught Me to Move Forward🚀

Entering my second year to start Earthmazing Educators, there are six things I learned from my Google Earth journey. Using Google Earth features as a metaphore, here are my biggest takeways of being Earthmazing Educator!

1. Explore: To stay relevant, you need to keep explore new things

How many of you have ever used explore feature on Google Earth to fly and find cool places around the world? Yes, you can easily type keyword and find them on earth. Life is just like that. The world move rapidly. Almost every month, you will see new updates from Google for Education. How do you keep up with that?

You can’t passively wait for someone else to share information, instagram story or create professional development for you. You need to actively explore new things. Just like someone saying, “You can’t use an old map to explore a new world.” Einstein. Don’t use old ways of exploration. You don’t have to physically come to an event to explore the world. In a finger tab, you can find the things you love instantly without spending too much time, energy, and money. You can actively search great article, tweets, blog, youtube to update yourself in very different way.

2. Voyager: Everyone has a story to learn from

Voyager is definitely one of my favorite features. It bring you to the next level of exploration where you can discover interactive story experiences that will take you around every corner of Earth. Voyagers can take us anywhere in infinite world of stories that will give you new way of looking the earth.

As educators, everyday we have different powerful stories and we’d love to tell stories that give sense of wonder. It’s time for you to listen, spark and share powerful stories to inspire you to do more and live out your stories. If you ever find yourself in the wrong story, it’s time to leave. Find & share the stories where you feel connected and empowered to be more of you. Everyone deserve to live their story!

3. I’m Feeling Lucky : Be Unpredictable

I’m Feeling Lucky brings you to the random places you’ve never imagined before. Sometimes, it bring you chills because you will never know where it will take you. This feature remind me one character from Deadpool 2 who has simple but powerful super power called Domino. What I love the most about this character is her courage to jump into uncertainty and uncomfort situation and feel lucky all the time. I wish you could have this super power.

“The greatest enemy of faith is not fear, is familiarity.”

Sometimes, all you need to is to enter the realm of fear and unfamiliarity. Just what I did one year ago when I become full time trainer. Many people said ah it’s similar job like teaching. Honestly, this job is totally different from teaching because I enter the realm of uncertainty and since there is no college and university prepared me sometimes I felt this goes beyond my original competency and comfort zone. But one year has passed and it stretch me in amazing way I’ve never thought I would become.

You don’t have to leave your teaching job to enter realm of uncertainty. All you need to is to leave predictable and same old method cycles that are pitiful because they’re so predictable. All you need to do is to have a courage to try new different things and tools in your classroom and schools. Be unpredictable. Stop being afraid of what could go wrong and think of what could go right and be ready to say “I am feeling lucky!”

4. Save Your Best Place

No matter how imperfect what we make, but done is better than perfect. Save your best memories. It’s indeed far from perfect but perfection is not the thing I am looking for. It’s the experience and satisfaction of saving new things which will give you true meaning of life.

5. Share: The More We Share, The More We Have

This super useful feature on Google Earth: Sharing feature. You can easily share your findings on earth to classroom and social media. Why sharing? Simple and super cliche but true reason: The more we share, the more we have.

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It’s true. Don’t let what you learned here is limited to this four walls. Let others who can’t join the event be inspired by earthmazing things we will create today. You can’t go wrong if you share something empowering and inspiring people to become more and do more. The more you share, actually the more you learn from this event! Challenge yourself to share crazy thing you learned today and believe you will be double crazy coming back from this event.

6. Measure: Improving it by Measuring it

I am not good at Math but I know measuring feature is totally incredible feature which allow you to measure the distance, area, length of building and places on earth. This practically give you a glance of the real size of location which will sometimes change the way you see places.

It seems crazy but I do believe you need to measure your progress because it’s impossible to improve yourself if you have never measured how much you have gone. I myself commit that every year should be better and better by reflecting and evaluating the things I have done. Remember, it’s not about the perfection, it’s about knowing where you are and how far you need to go to achieve your biggest dream. I hope in every workshop you join, you can measure yourself how far you have grown.

In short, this is how Google Earth taught me to move forward:

1. Explore: To stay relevant, you need to keep explore new things

2. Voyager: Everyone has a story to learn from

3. I’m Feeling Lucky : Be Unpredictable

4. Save : Save your best places

5. Share: The More We Share, The More We Have

6. Measure: Improving it by Measuring it


Steven is a life long learner and multi-award educational technology coach with international certifications from Google, Apple, National Geographic, TED Ed, Google Earth Education, EdTech Team, EduTECH Asia, Young Southeast Asia Leaders Initiative, US Embassy, Tech in Asia, and many international and local institutions.

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