BACKGROUND TO THIS PAGE
Had some exciting news way back on 17th October 2005. For the second time in three years I was awarded a Royal Geographical Society - Institute of British Geographers Innovative Geography Teaching Grant. This is to develop this area of the site, and produce a document in PDF form for downloading and a print version for distribution. This is to be called 'Earth: a User's Guide'
Go to GOOGLE EARTH PAGE for downloading the NEW file and more details.
Google Earth is a VIRTUAL GLOBE. There are others available, notably EARTHBROWSER.
Google Earth Sites
Google Earth Hacks - has a useful forum and other leads to good finds. One of the first extras is a file of alternative PUSHPIN icons which could be used to mark a range of different features. Well done to Mickey for getting this off the ground so soon. This is a growing site, and has been referenced by many as one of the first of the wave of sites which set up to support users of Google Earth.
Some new materials are being added all the time to Frank Taylor's rather fine GEARTH BLOG, which is fast becoming THE essential GE bookmark.
Check out what's being added lately. This includes a good mention for GeographyPages and the Users Guide project. There is also a recent report on the Google Earth Developers Day which announced all sorts of exciting new updates.
New additions include a WIND FARM PUBLIC ENQUIRY resource which has to be seen to be believed, a MONTSERRAT teaching resource which is still hush hush and a recent success with Year 7 work related to the DIGITALLY DISTRIBUTED ENVIRONMENTS blog referred to elsewhere on this page. Also some good GE MOUSE MATS....
NEW for MARCH 2007: Teaching idea from Noel to use with Philip Pullman's "Northern Lights"
We've just started publishing a free weekly tutorial in using Google Earth, it would be particularly useful to teachers who want to use Google Earth in their lectures but aren't
GIS (or IT for that matter) savvy. It would also serve as a resource for those who would like their students to produce something in Google Earth. The tutorials are
screencasts (video tutorials with audio) of 5 minutes long, they are available in flash and quicktime format. There's other Google Earth related stuff on the site.
Unusual and Interesting
Tips for Classroom Use
1. Get GOOGLE EARTH... It's a quick download if you have Broadband (and a slow download if you haven't...)
2. Update to GOOGLE EARTH PLUS or PRO (There is a scheme to provide a free PRO license for educational use but due to the tremendous interest in the offer - particularly from the UK - this has been suspended... In the meantime, you can have PRO OR PLUS free for 7 days.
3. Set a group of students the task of identifying key locations (perhaps with the aid of a Pearson Longman student atlas) and saving them for all to use as PLACEMARK FOLDER.
4. Make sure that you download the SIGHTSEEING TOURS from the main GOOGLE EARTH page.
5. Noel Jenkins posted a set of lesson resources relating to the use of GOOGLE EARTH in the classroom on his JUICY GEOGRAPHY site. This now includes a guide to using 3D buildings with GE Plus version, which costs just $20 to download. It involves creating polygons and then extruding them (sounds painful!) using a plug in from a site called SKETCH UP (free as of April 2006)
6. Ollie Bray used Google Earth as a background on which to draw map symbols.
7. Noel Jenkins created an excellent SAN FRANCISCO EARTHQUAKE exercise which is very well executed and is worth exploring. It uses various techniques which will become more familiar to teachers over time. Recommended, and has been updated since. Also some other similar activities now produced.
8. GOOGLE EARTH TOURING: http://www.googletouring.com/create.php A nice idea for a class activity, and which could also be given to a group of students to create. This could be an extension task for those students who have already done idea no. 3 above.
9. The data from GE can be saved as a file with a .KML extension. This allows users to save their data and share the data. There are also people working away to create scripts to post FLICKR images, GEOCACHES and other data. Some of those are listed in the table above. More details on this on the USERS GUIDE page.
10. SCALE: Give the impression of the size of physical and human features by positioning the cursor in the middle of / on the edge of your chosen feature and then set the view slowly scrolling along e.g. how big are cities, how long is a river ?
11. CROSS SECTIONS made easy. A full explanation is available from Tony Cassidy at RADICAL GEOGRAPHY. Saves all that messing around with strips of paper and graph paper. It is a bit fiddly mind..
12. Use the enthusiasm of the students - if they want to use it, let them use it ! They are expanding their Geographical literacy...
13. Get a FLICKR account now if you haven't got one, and upload photos (you can download up to 2Gb of photos per month)
There's one key aspect of Google Earth and that is the rapid pace at which it is changing. If you are looking at this page and thinking - 'he hasn't mentioned X' then please e-mail me and tell me about it...
There are now some new files and sites which you will find useful. Check out the SAGT PAGE for more details.
15. Also appear in a GIS booklet produced by the Advisory Group.
16. FUTURE FIELDWORK workshop of the GA SPC at the GA Conference 2007, which featured Google Earth as well as other GIS.
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This site is not affiliated with Google. I just happen to think their products are great, and have enhanced my teaching for several years.
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