Travel the World in Your Classroom with Google Earth

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Introduction to using Google Earth in the classroom from the March 28, 2007 Teachers Teaching Teachers workshop.

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Travel the World in Your Classroom with Google Earth

  1. 1. Travel the World in Your Classroom with Google Earth Julia Tebbets ~ Sewickley Academy
  2. 2. Google Earth ~ More than a map <ul><li>Searchable virtual globe of satellite maps </li></ul><ul><li>GIS-like map layers = transferable skill </li></ul><ul><li>Free download at http://earth.google.com </li></ul><ul><li>Combine with video, audio, image content </li></ul>
  3. 3. Tour Ideas <ul><li>Historical events </li></ul><ul><li>Current events </li></ul><ul><li>Habitats </li></ul><ul><li>Scavenger hunt by coordinates </li></ul><ul><li>Literature setting </li></ul><ul><li>Landmarks </li></ul><ul><li>Landforms </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Use TERRAIN layer </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Migration or travel route </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>People, animals </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Country/ state study </li></ul>
  4. 4. How to Get Started In Google Earth
  5. 5. Layers and Folders <ul><li>Check on </li></ul><ul><li>Turn off </li></ul><ul><li>Collapse/Expand </li></ul><ul><li>folder contents </li></ul>
  6. 6. Find Resources <ul><li>GE Community: http://bbs.keyhole.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>See resource </li></ul><ul><li>list: final slide. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Make Your Own Tours In Google Earth
  8. 8. Make a Folder <ul><li>Name the folder </li></ul><ul><li>Create a folder </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Right click on My Places </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. 3 Ways to Fly <ul><li>Enter location name </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Spelling counts! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do not use “The” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Examples to try: Eiffel Tower, Niagara Falls, Statue of Liberty, Pyramids </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Paste in coordinates from wikipedia or another source </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ex: St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow, Blarney Castle, Mount Olympus, Loch Ness </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Enter City, Country </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Then add layers: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>3-D Buildings Warehouse </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Geographic Web </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Google Earth Community (a wiki) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ex: Petronus Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Teacher’s Tip <ul><li>Fly to a location </li></ul><ul><li>Find Discovery Education content: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Turn on Featured Content layer </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Make a Placemark <ul><li>Add a placemark </li></ul><ul><li>Customize icon </li></ul>
  12. 12. Add a Description <ul><li>Add an article. Limit your United Streaming search to “articles”. </li></ul><ul><li>Copy and paste text. </li></ul><ul><li><br> creates a line break </li></ul>
  13. 13. Add Images <ul><li>Add an overlay </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Create a GE folder first </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Download image </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Click “Browse” and locate image </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Add Video <ul><li>Find United Streaming video </li></ul><ul><li>Right click the green play button next to the segment </li></ul><ul><li>Copy shortcut </li></ul><ul><li>Paste into GE Description box </li></ul>
  15. 15. Teacher’s Tip <ul><li>Add a United Streaming Quiz or Assignment to a Description. </li></ul><ul><li>Paste the URL in the Description box! </li></ul>
  16. 16. Professional touch: HTML <ul><li>Code for a line break </li></ul><ul><li><br> </li></ul><ul><li>Code to make a link attractive: </li></ul><ul><li><a href=“Paste copied shortcut or URL here”>Click for video!</a> </li></ul><ul><li>HTML code to insert image into a description box: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>First, right click on picture in United Streaming > Properties </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Select entire URL and copy. </li></ul></ul><ul><li><img src=“Paste the URL here”> </li></ul>
  17. 17. Make a Path <ul><li>Download GE Version 4 (January, 2007)! </li></ul><ul><li>Create path using Path Tool </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Click each location in order </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Navigate with CTRL + arrow keys or </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Close path dialog box </li></ul></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Make a Polygon <ul><li>Download GE Version 4 (January, 2007)! </li></ul><ul><li>Create path using Polygon Tool </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Click around the edge of the shape </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Drag dots to adjust perimeter </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Choose color, altitude </li></ul></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Measurement <ul><li>Show spatial relationships: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ruler tool </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Pointer elevation display </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Latitude/longitude grid </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>View menu > Scale Legend </li></ul></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Organize, Save and Share <ul><li>Drag pushpins and image overlays into a logical sequence in your folder. </li></ul><ul><li>Right click on the folder </li></ul><ul><li>Save as a KMZ file on a shared server or flash drive </li></ul><ul><li>Burn the KMZ file(s) to CD. </li></ul>
  21. 21. Touring <ul><li>Control tours </li></ul>For Parent Night?
  22. 22. Pay it F o r w a r d  <ul><li>Generate interest: make a resource to share with your department or grade team. </li></ul><ul><li>Share this presentation! Find it at </li></ul><ul><li>www.slideshare.com </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborate with a colleague on a small project you both can use. </li></ul>
  23. 23. Resources <ul><li>http://www.gelessons.com A treasure trove of tips, KMZ files and lesson plans! </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.unitedstreaming.com Videos, images, encyclopedia articles. </li></ul><ul><li>http://bbs.keyhole.com/ubb/ubbthreads.php/Cat/0 The Google Earth Community message board. Includes a board for educators and one for students. </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.wikipedia.org A wiki with extensive information about location of landmarks. </li></ul><ul><li>http://edweb.tusd.k12.az.us/dherring/ge/googleearth.htm An educator’s site with more KMZ files and ideas. </li></ul>

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