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  • 507 American respondents ages 18-24 See: for more information It’s more than geography (location)—it’s also culture
  • 507 American respondents ages 18-24 See: for more information
  • Street view is available for selected cities The “Peg Man” will appear if street view is available
  • Image source and info: 1. Search panel - Use this to find places and directions and manage search results . Google Earth EC may display additional tabs here. 2. 3D Viewer - View the globe and its terrain in this window. 3. Toolbar buttons - See below . 4. Navigation controls - Use these to zoom, look and move around ( see below ). 5. Layers panel - Use this to display points of interest . 6. Places panel - Use this to locate, save, organize and revisit placemarks . 7. Add Content - Click this to import exciting content from the KML Gallery 8. Status bar - View coordinate, elevation, imagery date and streaming status here. 9. Overview map - Use this for an additional perspective of the Earth.
  • Use the snapshot feature to control the view your placemark
  • Video source: History teachers should also view:
  • Must remember to save the audio/motion

Digital Cartography Digital Cartography Presentation Transcript

  • Digital Cartography Geography and Culture Across the Curriculum Presented by Patrick Woessner
  • How Well Do We Know Our World?
    • Only thirty-seven percent of young Americans can find Iraq on a map—though U.S. troops have been there since 2003.
    • Forty-seven percent could not find the Indian subcontinent on a map of Asia.
    • Seventy-five percent were unable to locate Israel on a map of the Middle East.
    • Twenty percent of young Americans think Sudan is in Asia. (It's the largest country in Africa.)
    • Fifty percent of 18-24 year old Americans can't find New York on a map.
    Source: 2006 National Geographic-Roper Survey Image Source: The Onion
  • How Well Do We Know Our World?
    • Fewer than thirty percent think it important to know the locations of countries in the news and just fourteen percent believe speaking another language is a necessary skill.
    • Nearly three-quarters incorrectly named English as the most widely spoken native language.
    • Forty-eight percent of young Americans believe the majority population in India is Muslim. (It's Hindu—by a landslide.)
    Source: 2006 National Geographic-Roper Survey Image Source: National Geographic News
    • Six in ten did not know the border between North and South Korea is the most heavily fortified in the world.
  • Geography, Culture, and Literacy
    • Intercultural literacy is essential today
  • A Geographic Perspective
    • Any discipline can be approached from a geographic perspective:
      • Math concepts and explorations
      • Scientific data and discoveries
      • Literature tours and trips
      • Historical places and maps
      • Language and culture
      • Art and music
  • Google Maps: Overview
    • Google Maps provide an easy entry point to digital cartography
  • Google Maps: Viewing Content
    • There are several viewing options in Google Maps
  • Google Maps: Browse Content
    • Map content can be added via the directory
  • Google Maps: Creating Content
    • With a Google Account, you can create custom maps using My Maps
    • Map placemarks can contain text, images, and video
    • Use “Rich Text” for images; HTML for video
    • You can invite collaborators and share your mail via email or embed
  • Google Earth: Overview
    • Google Earth brings a 3D perspective to digital cartography
  • Google Earth User Interface
  • Google Earth Toolbar
    • Click toolbar buttons to…
    For more information, see the Google Earth User Guide
  • Viewing Content: Search, Places, and Layers
    • Search: Fly To, Find Businesses, and Directions
    • Places: My Places, Temporary Places, and Add Content
    • Layers: Primary Database
  • Viewing Content: Historical Layers
  • Viewing Content: Earth, Sky, Ocean, and Mars
    • The View button can toggle between Earth, Sky, and Mars
    • Like earth, the Sky and Mars can be searched
    • The Earth’s oceans are available in the Layers panel
  • Creating Content: Placemarks
    • A Placemark (pin) can contain text, images, video, and audio
    • Content is formatted using HTML
    • You can learn HTML (tedious) or use an HTLM editor (easy)
      • Online HTML Editor
      • NVU
    • Templates are also available
  • Creating Content: Polygons and Paths
    • Polygons and paths can be geometric or free-form
    • Polygons can be 2D or 3D
  • Creating Content: Tours
    • Placemarks can be assembled into tours that include audio commentary
  • Assorted Features and Tips
    • Views can be saved as images
      • File  Save  Save Image
    • Snapshot View determines precise display of your placemark
      • View  Snapshop View
    • The Ruler can measure lines and paths
    • Places/tours can be saved as KMZ files and share via email or upload to the web
  • Additional Google Earth/ Google Maps Resources
    • Google Earth Community
    • Google Earth Blog
    • Digital Geography
    • Real World Math Using Google Earth
    • Google Lit Trips
    • Google Almanac
    • Delicious google_earth Tag
  • Additional Tools
    • GeoCommons : create interactive maps with geographic data
    • Gapminder : maps and charts of statistical data; can create own map using the Motion Chart gadget
    • WorldMapper : collection of maps with data that can be exported
  • Addition Information
    • More information on this topic and presentation can be found at:
    • Questions or comments?
      • Email me at [email_address]
      • Twitter: @pcwoessner
      • Blog: