Google Earth

Tuesday, June 7 from 1:30pm to 4:30pm at the Tally Computer Lab

Internet Explorer - Browsing multiple tabs
Advanced Google Search - KML vs. KMZ

What's New in Google Earth 6.0?

Someone is always watching!

Classroom Activities:
1. Calculate distance between placemarkers.
2. Combine layers of information sources to connect to Wikipedia, Jacques Cousteau, NASA, National Geographic, and more.
3. Explore historical maps and environmental layers.
4. Combine with Google Sketchup to create historical 3D overlays.
5. Visit galaxies, moons, and planets using Google Sky.

Getting Google Earth:

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Additional tool:

Google Earth Resources for Educators

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Other places to learn about Google Earth

Atomic Learning - 1 hr and 54 min.
Teacher Tube - search for "Google Earth"
YouTube - search for "Tutorials on Google Earth"

Sightseeing - in the Places folder - basic overview of some sightseeing markers and points of interest globally. Double-click on any entry to fly to that location. To do a full tour, click on the check-box next to sightseeing and then the PLAY button that will appear in the bottom right of the Places window to start the tour.

3D Viewer - the visual you see in the middle of the screen. Displays the earth or other planetary systems.

Navigation Tools - on the right side of the 3D viewer and appear when you hover your mouse on the screen. Click on View, Navigation Tools to make changes to the settings of viewing these tools.
Zoom Slider - Zoom in is move slider to the +; Zoom out is to move the slider to the -.
Look Joystick (eye icon) - topmost navigation tool lets you look at a placemark from various angles; spin the ring to look at a placemark from various perspectives. Double-click the N on the Look Joystick to reposition back to the view of North.
Move Joystick (hand icon) - lets you move from one place to another

*You can also use the mouse to navigate to locations. Double-click to zoom in to a specific point. Single-click once to stop the zoom. Use the scroll-wheel to zoom in and out as well. Use the mouse to left-click and grab a section of the screen to move it.

Side Bar: Sits on the left side of the screen and holds the panels:
Search Panel - search places, businesses and get directions. Holds a memory of all the places you searched until you click the X in the bottom of the panel to clear the search history.

Activity: Find Businesses: Search for "Pizza" in the surrounding area of The White House

Activity: Find Directions: How many turns are there if traveling from Boston to New York?

  1. Once you have a set of directions to a location, click on the Route selection at the bottom of the panel.
  2. Then click on the Play Tour (three circles) button to begin a fly-through tour of your directions.

You can use the controller on the Tour Bar to fast-forward, rewind, replay or even save a copy of the tour in your Google Earth panel.

Save Directions: If you have a set of directions you want to save, you can collapse that tour, right click on the top listing and select "Add to My Places".

Places Panel - lets you save favorite places as well as other geographical information
Layers Panel - lets you access layers of additional information about the locations you visit; contains content from Google and their partners. Selecting layers is really a personalized experience. Pay attention to layers and SUB-layers.

*Use the small arrows on the left of each panel name to collapse panels you may not need.

Menu Bar:
View: Add longitude and latitude grids, historical maps, overview map, full-screen view, atmosphere, etc.
Tools: Change preferences and visit other tools to enhance viewing; change size of over-view map;
Tool Bar: Most used options - Turn on and off components based on what you are doing.

Creating Content:
Placemarks - Add information for the "push-pins" you add to your Google Earth map. if a placemark is not placed properly, move mouse until finger icon appears and then move the placemark where you need it. To edit a placemark, right-click and select Properties.

Other Google Tools: Sky, Moon, Sun

Links to other Google Earth Learning Tools:
File types: KML vs KMZ files: KML = flat, static text files. KMZ = zipped files with multimedia features added

Google Earth Users Guide
Google Earth Lessons blog
Google Exchange Wiki
Google Earth Across The Curriculum
Juicy Geography
Google Earth Goods - wiki updated to include projects reflected in today's news
Google Lit Trips - Blog about trips through Literature using Google Earth
Google Earth for Earth Science
Google Earth for Teaching Math
Real World Math
NEISD Project List for Google Earth

How do you plan to use Google Earth?

End of class evaluation can be found in your Eduphoria account. Login and click on My Portfolio.