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Google Earth

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G'day Mates (Hello friend)! Take a journey with us to GOOGLE EARTH!

Presented by: Aussie Jennifer G. and Aussie Robert E. 

 

                   <http://earth.google.com/>

 

 

I. Brief Introduction of Google Earth

 

(a) What is it?

 

Google Earth is an interactive mapping application that allows users to navigate (or "fly") the entire globe, scanning satellite imagery with overlays of roads, buildings, geographic features, and numerous other location-specific data points. User can add their own points of interest ans share them with others, chart routes, plot areas, calculate distances, and overlay separate images onto the application. Google Earth connects to the Internet, making on line resources available in connection with particular places. For example, flying to Soldier Field in Chicago shows that location and also links to on-line maps of the area, comments about the field, and the results of a Web search for the name of the field. For some locations, the application creates 3D representations, both of topography, as for the Grand Canyon and many mountainous areas, and for buildings in some metropolitan areas. Users can show or hid available layers in any combination. Someone working out a road trip, for instance, might show roads, lodging, and restruants but not shopping or airports. Using a scale and the measurement tools, this user could plot milages, find places to eat and stay overnight along the way, and link the Web Sites to contact those establishments.

 

(b) How does it Work?

 

Goggle earth can be downloaded and installed for free. Users fly to locations around the world by entering addresses, names of landmarks or futures, or latitude and longitude coordinates. Alternatively, users can search within specified region for keywords for example you can search for "pizza" and New Haven" and see on an interactive map all the locations that meet those criteria. Zooming in and out determines the number and kind for features of locations displayed as the resolution changes as you zoom closer to the residential area, for instance, smaller streets and there names begin to appear. Locations on the map are clickable opening a pop up window with information about that place, links to related resources, photos, or other information. Users can change the orientation of the compass points of the map and adjust the aspect such that the map is shown at any angle- from directly above to horizontal. For areas rendered in 3-d, adjusting the aspect gives the impression of moving through a real space. Users can add placemarks, which are clickable indicators of particular locations and create structures using Sketch-up, a 3D design application, that integrates into Goggle Earth. Structures created with sketch-up can be exported to other users and tagged for organization.

 

(c) Why is it significant?

 

With Google Earth, colleges and universities can--with additional resources--leverage Google's integration of vast amounts of data in an easy-to-use interface. Being able to fly students from the Great Pyramid of Khufu to the Effiel Tower to the Sydney Opera House can being a a wide range of subject matter alive. The tool's visual immediacy could prove enormously beneficial, for example, for a survey of various styles of aritechure. Individually, students can use Google Earth to investigate places they are studying. Because it is interactive, the application enourages users to keep using it--to fly to new places, places they used to live or hope to live one day, scenes of events in the news, or parts of the world that they may never visit in person.

 

More than just a map, however, Google Earth users create and share personal resources. Browsing and exploring distant locales augmented with contributions from users presents a compelling opportunity for discovery and learning. Contributing anecdotes, stories, and histories will allow users to communicate in a context of geography.

 

(d) Where is it going?

 

Goggle Earth will become more sophisticated, with additional tools and increasing coverage of high- resolution imagery. The number of places that offer 3-D imagery is also likely to expand. The dramatic views and capabilities of the program have spawned communties of users that have developed content- placemark collections on particular topics, 3-D structures that are available to others Acting as a technical infrastructured, Goggle Earth allows users to share personal histories. Geographic notations can be found on many topics for many different places, and by integrating with other existing applications, Goggle Earth is positioned to become a spatially based collection of facts and knowledge.

 

Educators have started a number of blogs, user groups, and forums where they share ideas and experiences using Goggle Earth in the classroom, as well as post exercises they have created that use the application. As tools emerge to export content from Goggle Earth to other applications, such as video files, instructors will be able to give students assignments to create projects using the application and share those projects with others.

 

(e) What are the implications for teaching and learning?

 

Goggle Earth is another in a growing list of applications that can move ideas from the pages of a book into the imaginations of studens. The experiences of flying over Tripoli and then Brussels and comparing how the two cities are designed is immediate and compelling. Students today expect technology to be part of education, and Goggle Earth is a way for institutions to provide that component in a tool that students find familiar and comfortable.It provides educators a means to assess and bolster students, visual literacy skills and, to the extent that it gives to students a peak into virtually any corner of the world, Goggle Earth can help them develop a context for spatial and cultural differences around the world.

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II. Using Guide beyond the Outback

 

(a) Finding Places

http://earth.google.com/userguide/v4/ug_findplaces.html

 

(b) Marking Places

http://earth.google.com/userguide/v4/ug_placemarks.html 

 

(c) Using layers

http://earth.google.com/userguide/v4/ug_layers.html

 

(d) Using Map Features

http://earth.google.com/userguide/v4/ug_mapfeatures.html

 

(e) Using Places

http://earth.google.com/userguide/v4/ug_places.html

 

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III. Using Layering to YOUR Advantage

 

 (a) Places:

-Bars/Clubs                                       

-Coffee Shops                                   

-Dining

-Gas Stations

-Grocery Stores

-Shopping Malls

-Movies

-Fire Stations

-Transportation (Airports, Railways, Subway, Trains, Ferry)

-Hospitals

-Schools

-Places of Worship

 

(b) Oceans

 

(c) Skylines

 

(d) Gallery

 

(e) Weather

 

(f) Traffic

 

(g) And Much More!

 

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IV. Big Mob's ("loads, a lot of") Resources

 

Google Earth Tutorial (7:20):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYapu-TDW30

 

Part I of Google Earth Tutorial (4:35):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cVpCPGBF6E

 

Google Earth #1: Introduction to Google Earth (9:37):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6_T5mZ1cHE

 

Google Earth Blog:

http://www.gearthblog.com/

 

Google Earth in Education:

http://www.jogtheweb.com/play/vWtFwfVndYCs

 

 

Give it a Whirl! Yewse! (Try it all out! See you later!) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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