Showing posts with label Google Earth 6. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Google Earth 6. Show all posts

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Easier Location Sharing in Google Earth

Sharing your favorite locations in Google Earth recently got a lot easier than it used to be. In the past to share a Google Earth location you had to download the KMZ or KML files. The newest sharing option in the latest version of Google Earth (version 6.2) allows for quicker and easier location sharing. Now when you're viewing a location in Google Earth that you want to share, you can share it by simply clicking the "share" button in upper-right corner of your screen. The sharing options include sharing a screenshot via Google+ or email, sharing a view via email, sharing a placemark via email, or sharing to the Google Earth community. Sharing a view or placemark via email creates a KML file for you. (You do have to be signed into your Google Account to do this).

While we're on the topic of sharing map views, this is a good time to remind you that you can share views from Google Maps by clicking on the "link" icon on the upper-left corner of a Google Maps screen. You can also generate a KML file in Google Maps by selecting the "export as KML" option. Take a look at the screenshots below for directions.

Applications for Education
If you're using Google Earth for lessons with your students, the new location sharing option could be useful for sharing with students who are not in the classroom with you. And if your students are over 13 and using Google+ sharing views to a Google+ circle could be a good way to host a conversation around a particular view or place in the world.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Google Earth 6 - Better Street View and More

Google Earth 6 is now available for everyone to download. The highlights of Google Earth 6 are improved Street View use, easier to find historical imagery, and 3D trees.

The latest version of Google Earth features Street View imagery as an integrated part of the viewing experience. No longer do you have to turn on the Street View layer in order to see street level imagery. In Google Earth 6 the "Pegman" that you're familiar with from Google Maps is present in the standard navigation tools of Google Earth. Just grab the Pegman and drag him to the Earth to zoom in and see street level imagery.

Historical imagery in Google Earth is a feature that I've talked about a couple of times in the past because I think it is a good option that history teachers can take advantage of. Unfortunately, it wasn't always easy to find it in Google Earth 5. In Google Earth 6 anytime historical imagery is available for an area the date of the oldest imagery available will appear at the bottom of the screen. Just click that date on the timeline to see the imagery.

Finally, in an effort to make 3D layers more realistic, Google has introduced 3D trees for Google Earth.

Learn more about Google Earth 6 in the video below.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Google Earth Across the Curriculum
11 Techy Things for Teachers to Try This Year