Creating Tours in Google Earth

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Goes over adding custom icon, paths, and using the animation and podcasting tool in Google Earth. Also discusses how to program KML "Flyto" elements.

Goes over adding custom icon, paths, and using the animation and podcasting tool in Google Earth. Also discusses how to program KML "Flyto" elements.

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  • 1. Networked Learning
    http://www.thenetworkedlearner.com
    Google Earth TutorialsPart IV – Creating ToursHosts – Thomas Cooper, Alice Barr
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  • 2. A Walk on the Wild Sidehttp://walkonthewildside.wikispaces.com/
    This is a collaborative project for biology, ecology, geology and environmental science teachers and their students. Our goal is to create a collaborative layer in Google Earth of walks that showcase various ecosystems around the globe . The project asks teachers and students to get out into the woods (or another ecosystem) and take a leisurely walk. While on this adventure, we encourage students to note the species they see and what they are doing...this includes people. Students are encouraged to take pictures, video and even audio recordings which could be uploaded into a layer in Google Earth. 
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  • 3. Ways to Create Tours
    Create a folder and organize balloons in order of appearance for the tour.
    Add a series of numbers to the title of the balloons to show which to visit first.
    Use a custom icon with numbers on it from the Google Earth database to order the tour.
    Add a custom path to connect the balloons in the tour.
    Use the animation tools in Google Earth to created a tour. You can even podcast it.
    Use a custom template for one of The Networked Learner’s projects (http://thenetworkedlearner.wikispaces.com ).
    Use Keyhole Modeling Language (KML) “flyto” commands.
    Create navigation buttons in Photoshop (e.g. home, previous, next and end), add them to your balloons.
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  • 4. Download the Project Template and Guidehttp://walkonthewildside.wikispaces.com/Documents
    Directions
    Go to the link above
    Right-click on link
    Choose “save link as”
    Save file to your hard drive
    Make sure the file extension ends in .KMZ
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  • 5. #1. Creating Folders to Organize Tours
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  • 6. Create a folder to store balloons.
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  • 7. Creating Folders to Store Tours
    Directions
    Go to the “Places” folder
    Right-click on “My Places” icon
    Add >> Folder
    Name Folder
    Project name Period and Student F.name L.initial
    Example: Grand Canyon 3pd ThomasC
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  • 8. Creating Tours involves creating a series of placemarks (or balloons) on a topic
    Placemark Objects
    Text
    Images
    Web Links
    Video
    Audio
    Icons
    Navigation
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  • 9. #2. Add Numbers (#) to the Balloon Title to Create a Tour
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  • 10. Changing The Balloon Title
    Directions
    Open the properties box
    Type in the number in the format you want.
    Click “OK”
    Repeat this for each balloon.
    Click on an icon and drag it up or down to order the balloons.
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  • 11. #3. Use a Custom, Numbered Icon to Create a Tour
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  • 12. Changing IconsDefault icon is a yellow push-pin. You can change it to a numbered icon.
    Directions
    Order your balloons as instructed previously.
    Open the properties box for the first balloon.
    Choose the icon selector in the upper-right corner.
    Choose a numbered icon.
    Click “OK”.
    Do this for each balloon icon.
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  • 13. Changing Icon Color and Scale in Earth
    Directions
    Right click on icon
    Choose “properties” from the menu
    Click on “style and color”
    Click on the “Icon” Color block and choose your color.
    Adjust “Icon” scale using the arrows or type in the scale you want.
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  • 14. Changing Label Color and Scale in Earth
    Directions
    Right click on icon
    Choose “properties” from the menu
    Click on “style and color”
    Click on “Label” Color block and choose your color.
    Adjust “Label” scale using the arrows or type in the scale you want.
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  • 15. Add Custom Icon to make your tour unique.
    Directions
    Search Google Images for icons
    Use Advanced Search for file type png or ico
    Download free ones from Icon Archive
    Download others from iStockPhoto
    Create your own using Fireworks or Photoshop
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  • 16. Upload the Custom Icon
    Directions
    Open properties dialogue box for the icon
    Click on icon selector in the upper- right corner.
    Click on Add Custom Icon.
    Click on Browse and search for the custom icon you downloaded.
    Select the custom icon.
    Click “OK” button.
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  • 17. #4. Adding a Path to Connect Balloons in the Tour
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  • 18. Add a path to connect balloons in the tour.
    Directions
    1. Choose “Path” from the tool bar.
    2. Name the path in the dialogue box.
    3. Draw the path between the first and second placemarks. You do this by left-clicking near the first placemark, then dragging the mouse to the second placemark.
    4. Click “OK”.
    5. Repeat these steps between each placemark.
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  • 19. Changing the Line Style in Earth
    Directions
    Right click on the line (path)
    Choose “properties” from the menu
    Click on “style and color”
    Click on the “Icon” Color block and choose your color.
    Adjust “Icon” scale using the arrows or type in the scale you want.
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  • 20. #5. Use the Animation Tools to Podcast a Tour
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  • 21. Creating Animation
    Directions
    Click on the video camera button to activate the animation tools.
    The tools will appear at the bottom of your screen.
    Click the “record” button (red dot) to activate the animation tool. As you move around, zoom in and out, the program will record your actions.
    Click on the microphone if you want to podcast on top of your animation.
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  • 22. Saving Animations
    Directions (cont.)
    Click on the record button to stop recording.
    A new tool bar will appear. Click on the “play” button to listen to your recording.
    If acceptable, click on the “save” button.
    A video icon will appear in your temporary places folder.
    Move to the project folder you created along with your balloons.
    Click the “x” on this tool bar if you don’t want to save the recording.
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  • 23. #6. Use a Custom Template to Create a Tour
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  • 24. Download the Project Template and Guidehttp://walkonthewildside.wikispaces.com/Documents
    Directions
    Go to the link above
    Right-click on link
    Choose “save link as”
    Save file to your hard drive
    Make sure the file extension ends in .KMZ
    Each Networked Learner project, has it’s own template and template guide.
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  • 25. Copy and paste the template for each new balloon.
    Directions
    Place the template in the folder you created, if you haven’t done so already.
    Open the folder by clicking on the “+” sign next to the folder.
    Right click on the project template.
    Choose copy from the menu
    Right click on the folder and choose paste from the menu.
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  • 26. Rename and edit each balloon.
    Directions
    Right click on the copy of the template. Keep the template at the top (or bottom) so you always know where you are copying from.
    Choose properties from the menu.
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  • 27. Add your information to the balloon.
    We’ve given you a guide document so that you and your students know what text to edit and what text to leave along.
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  • 28. #7. Use KML “FlyTo” CodeADVANCED
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  • 29. Feature Anchors
    This code will allow you to automatically to fly from one balloon to the next.
    ;flyto– Fly to the placemark.
    ;balloon – Open the placemark’s balloon but do not fly to the placemark.
    ;balloonFlyto– Open the placemark’s balloon and fly to the placemark.
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  • 30. Access the KML code using copy and paste
    Directions
    Right click on your project folder.
    Choose copy.
    Open the program Notepad on your computer.
    Paste the data into the file.
    Save the file on your computer as a .txt file.
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  • 31. Give Each Balloon an “id”
    Directions
    In Notepad, click the “edit” menu and then choose “find”.
    Search for “<Folder>”
    Below this icon is the code for each of your balloons.
    Now search for <Placemark>.
    For each placemark you want to “flyto;”, you will have to give it an ID.
    For example, give the first <placemark id=“home”> and the last <placemark id=“end”>
    The example to the left show you how to add hyperlinks from each placemark to the next.
    <Folder>
    <Placemark id=“home”>
    <a href=“#lunch;balloonFlyto”>Click here</a> to go to the lunch spot.
    <a href=“#journeyEnd;balloonFlyto”> Click here </a> to go to the end of the tour.</Placemark>
    <Placemark id=“lunch”>
    <a href=“#rest;balloonFlyto”>Click here</a> to go to the rest spot.
    <a href=“#journeyEnd;balloonFlyto”> Click here </a> to go to the end of the tour.
    </Placemark>
    <Placemark id=“rest”>
    <a href=“#journeyEnd;balloonFlyto”> Click here </a> to go to the end of the tour.
    </Placemark>
    <Placemark id=“journeyEnd”>
    <a href=“#home;balloonFlyto”> Click here </a> to go to the beginning of the tour.
    </Placemark>
    </Folder>
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  • 32. IDs Shown in Notepad
    Hint: Use Ctrl-F and then search for <Placemark>. If you have already given your placemarks a Title when you created them, then that name will be the “id”.
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  • 33. Create Weblinks
    <Folder>
    <Placemark id=“home”>
    <a href=“#lunch;balloonFlyto”>Click here</a> to go to the lunch spot.
    <a href=“#journeyEnd;balloonFlyto”> Click here </a> to go to the end of the tour.</Placemark>
    <Placemark id=“lunch”>
    <a href=“#rest;balloonFlyto”>Click here</a> to go to the rest spot.
    <a href=“#journeyEnd;balloonFlyto”> Click here </a> to go to the end of the tour.
    </Placemark>
    <Placemark id=“rest”>
    <a href=“#journeyEnd;balloonFlyto”> Click here </a> to go to the end of the tour.
    </Placemark>
    <Placemark id=“journeyEnd”>
    <a href=“#home;balloonFlyto”> Click here </a> to go to the beginning of the tour.
    </Placemark>
    </Folder>
    Here you can see web links created for each placemark. It doesn’t matter where you place them. Then add the “Flyto” code you want.
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  • 34. Web Links Show in Notepad
    Note: I’ve replace the link “text” that you click on with an image created in Photoshop.
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  • 35. Online KML Tutorials
    Learn the details of using KML at Google.
    http://code.google.com/apis/kml/documentation/kml_tut.html
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