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

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The Google Earth Blog is Ending Daily Posts

For most of the last decade The Google Earth Blog founded by Frank Taylor has been one of my go-to places for Google Earth tips, tricks, and tutorials. This morning I read Frank Taylor's announcement that he was ending daily updates. The archive of the blog will remain online.

In his announcement Frank Taylor cites changes to the Google Earth product and changes in Google's corporate communication policies as some of his reasons for discontinuing the daily updates on The Google Earth Blog. Specifically, Frank mentions that the direction in which Google is taking Google Earth is decidedly web-based but at the cost of removing many of the most powerful features of Google Earth.

I enjoyed The Google Earth Blog and I will miss the daily updates. Good luck to Frank, Tim, and Mickey with the next ventures in their lives.

Monday, March 2, 2015

A Google Map of Freshwater Biomes

My Reading Mapped is a good source of Google Maps depicting patterns and historical events. This afternoon the Google Earth Blog posted a list of some of the new maps added to My Reading Mapped. One of the maps that stood out to me was this map of freshwater biomes around the world.

Google Map of Freshwater Biomes contains roughly fifty placemarks scattered across all seven continents. Clicking a placemark will open a short piece of text about the biome that the placemark represents. Many of the placemarks include references to Wikipedia while others utilize other sources.

Applications for Education
On My Reading Mapped you can download a copy of the Google Map of Freshwater Biomes. The information in many of the placemarks is brief so I might download it and ask students to modify it to include more information, perhaps in the form of videos, to the placemarks in the map.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Google Earth A to Z

The Google Earth Blog recently started a new series of posts called Google Earth A to Z. Each post will explain an aspect of Google Earth that begins with a different letter of the alphabet. Today's post is about Borders and Buildings in Google Earth. The Google Earth Blog is one of my go-to places for tips, ideas, and the latest news about Google Earth. If you're looking for expand your knowledge of Google Earth, I encourage you to follow their new series Google Earth A to Z.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Google Earth Tour of James Cook's Exploration of Australia

Well-constructed Google Earth tours can be excellent multimedia alternatives to textbooks. One such example of this is a collection of Google Earth files about Captain James Cook's exploration of Australia and New Zealand. The files contain animations and audio explanations of Cook's explorations of the coastlines of Australia and New Zealand. I learned about these files from the Google Earth Blog. You can read more about the construction of these files on the Google Earth Blog.

Download Cook's Exploration of Australia (warning, it's a very large file).
Download Cook's Circumnavigation of New Zealand.
Download Cook's Circumnavigation of South Island, New Zealand.

Applications for Education
These files could provide helpful audio and visual aids for teachers of history and world geography.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Hurricane Irene Before and After in Google Earth

Although not as strong as predicted, Hurricane Irene came and went leaving a path of destruction in its wake (some of my colleagues are still without power as I write this on Wednesday morning). To show the effects of Hurricane Irene on the topography of the east coast of the U.S. a reader of the Google Earth Blog developed a KMZ file with image overlays to show the before and after of Hurricane Irene. The KMZ file was developed using imagery from NOAA's Hurricane Irene Image Index.

Applications for Education
The imagery in this before and after KMZ file could be good for showing students how wind and rain shape coastlines. If you live in one of the areas that felt the effects of Hurricane Irene this KMZ file might start a discussion about any changes your students observed after the storm.

H/T to the Google Earth Blog, of course.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Go Skiing With 2010 Winter Olympians

Just in time for the 2010 Winter Olympics Google has added some really neat Street View imagery. According to a post on the Google Lat Long Blog, Google strapped a camera to a snowmobile to record imagery of the downhill ski slopes at Whistler Mountain where the men's downhill skiing competition will be held. Check it out in the map below.

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Applications for Education
The Street View imagery of the ski mountains give students another good way to explore and learn about the 2010 Winter Olympics. You may want to couple these views with the 3D Olympic venue tours available in Google Earth.

If you would like some more resources for learning and teaching about the 2010 Winter Olympics, Larry Ferlazzo has started a good list.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

How To Use Streetview in Google Earth

Frank Taylor, author of the Google Earth Blog, has put together a nice video tutorial demonstrating how to use Google's StreetView imagery within Google Earth. Frank demonstrates not only how to activate StreetView, but also how to use it in conjunction with other Google Earth elements such as the 3D buildings layer. You can watch the video below or watch the video and read the instructions on the Google Earth Blog.

Applications for Education
Utilizing the StreetView imagery in conjunction with the 3D buildings layer can be a great way to enhance a virtual field trip.

Lately I've become intrigued with the idea of using Google Earth for digital storytelling. If StreetView imagery is available for your area, a simple project could be to have students create tours of their towns. For example, in my Civics class the students have recently started a project in which they have to prepare a plan for revitalizing the local economy. One of the things my students can do is narrate a tour in which they highlight the businesses in our area. In the same tour they can also point out the places where businesses used to exist.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Great Google Earth/ Maps How-to Videos
An Amazing (Race) Google Earth Project - Reprise
3 Guides to Using Google Earth for Virtual Fieldwork

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

African Parks and Wildlife Preserves in Google Earth

This week Google launched a series of videos celebrating the Heros of Google Earth. These videos and associated links tell the stories of non-profit organizations that are using Google Earth to increase global awareness of various environmental and politic issues. One of the organizations featured in Heros of Google Earth is MAPA (Mapping Africa's Protected Areas). MAPA has created a Google Earth layer featuring parks, wildlife reserves, and protected lands in Eastern and Southern Africa. MAPA's Google Earth layer goes nicely with the Africa Mega-flyover tour in Google Earth.
The video offers a short overview of MAPA's work.

Thanks to the Google Earth Blog for some of the links in this post.

Application for Education
MAPA's Google Earth layer combined with the Africa Mega-flyover tour could be useful for anyone teaching lessons about wildlife conservation. These files are also good models of using Google Earth to tell a story and writing to inform.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Google Earth 5.1 - Faster is Better

The number educational uses of Google Earth is simply incredible. Almost every time I use Google Earth or visit the Google Earth Blog, I learn something new that could be applied to the classroom. Today, Google released Google Earth version 5.1. There are two key features of the new release. First, Google has improved the start-up speed of Google Earth. Second, now when PC users install Google Earth 5.1, the Google Earth browser plug-in will automatically be installed too. You can read more about Google Earth 5.1 here.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Great Google Maps/ Earth How-to Videos
What is Possible With Google Earth?
Google Earth Links You Might Have Missed

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Videos for Learning About Google Earth

The Google Earth Blog is one of my favorite resources for learning about new Google Earth developments, applications, and tools. Today, I learned that the Google Earth Blog has its own YouTube channel where you can find most of the videos featured on the blog. The Google Earth blog also posted today, a list of other places to find videos related to Google Earth.

Embedded below is the video currently featured on the Google Earth Blog YouTube channel.

Applications for Education
The Google Earth Blog videos could be a good resource for your own learning as well as for your students' learning. All of the options in Google Earth can be overwhelming for a new user, these videos may help clarify some confusion for new users.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
What is Possible With Google Earth?
Exploring Africa in Google Earth
View the Moon in Google Earth

Monday, June 1, 2009

Exploring Africa in Google Earth

For a few years now there has been a great National Geographic gallery available in Google Earth. One of the parts of that gallery is the Africa Megaflyover in which you can view herds of animals, natural landscape features, villages, towns, and mining/ drilling operations. If you've never explored the National Geographic gallery of layers in Google Earth I highly recommend it.

Today, I learned of another Google Earth file that features images of African animals. You can access that file here. I discovered the file on Frank Taylor's Google Earth Blog.

Applications for Education
The Africa Megaflyover and images of African animals layers in Google Earth could be good layers for students to explore in geography and biology courses.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
Geography and Science Lesson Plans Using Google Earth
View Glacier Melt in Google Earth
What is Possible With Google Earth?

Sunday, May 24, 2009

What is Possible With Google Earth?

Frank Taylor, author of the Google Earth Blog, recently presented at the Where 2.0 conference. His presentation focused on "what is possible with Google Earth." I couldn't find the slideshow has not been posted on any presentation sharing sites so you'll have to download the file to view the slides. The presentation, titled "Extending Google Earth" offers some good examples of Google Earth mash-ups and other uses of Google Earth that you might not have considered before. Taylor focuses on Google Earth as a visualization platform and not just a mapping platform.

Thanks to Rich Treves for posting the link to the slideshow on his blog Google Earth Design.

Applications for Education
If you're looking for some new ideas for using Google Earth, this presentation may be for you. You may also want to look through the entire list of presentations at Where 2.0 for other ideas about using Google Earth.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
KML Factbook - 2D and 3D Mapped Data Displays
Award Winning Google Earth Lesson Plans
Google Earth Links You Might Have Missed

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

U-2 Spy Plane in Google Earth

Many US History teachers across the country are now entering the last part of the school year. This means that students are learning or will soon be learning about the Cold War. One of the significant events that students are likely to study is the U-2 spy plane incident. Yesterday, the Google Earth Blog shared a link to a Google Earth file about the U-2 spy plane incident. In this file you can learn about the life of Francis Gary Powers and the incident.

Applications for Education
I'm a big fan of using Google Earth and Google Maps to provide students with a geographic context for history lessons. The advantage of Google Earth over a static, paper map is that students can explore the map on their own and see more detail than they could with paper map.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
The Science and Technology of WWII
Nearly 400 Google Earth Files for History Teachers
Google Earth Links You Might Have Missed

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Virtual Submarine Tours in Google Earth

Through the Google Earth Blog I've learned about some virtual submarine tours created in Google Earth. Sea-Seek has created six virtual submarine tours of sites including the Mariana Trench and the Strait of Gibraltar. These tours operate in your browser using the Google Earth browser plug-in. To view the tours visit the Sea-Seek homepage where you will find the tours in the lower-right hand corner of the page.

If you don't have the Google Earth browser plug-in, you can get it here. After installing the Google Earth browser plug-in you can view some of Google's featured tours including a Mars exploration.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
Google Earth Tours and DIY Google Earth Tours
Google Earth and Google Maps Help
Google Earth Links You Might Have Missed

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Monday, April 6, 2009

Tour Mount Redoubt in Google Earth

If you're a Geography teacher or in any other way use Google Earth in your classroom, the Google Earth Blog should be in your RSS reader. At least once a week I find something posted on the Google Earth Blog that can be incorporated into a classroom.

Today on the Google Earth Blog I found a link to a tour of Mount Redoubt in Alaska. As you probably know, Mount Redoubt recently erupted sending plumes of ash more than 50,000 feet above sea level. The Google Earth Tour of Mount Redoubt is narrated.

Staying with the volcano topic, I found a couple of other resources that might be handy for science teachers. Through Google Maps Mania I found a link to this Google Map of more than 1500 volcanoes. Each placemark on the map contains some basic information about the volcano.

The Alaska Volcano Observatory has extremely detailed information about all of the volcanoes in Alaska including Mount Redoubt. The Mount Redoubt page includes images, charts, and maps about the current volcanic activity.

Embedded below is a short video about Mount Redoubt's recent eruption.

Applications for Education
The Google Earth tour of Mount Redoubt along with the other resources listed above could be good for use in a science classroom. The video and tour of Mount Redoubt could be used at most grade levels while the Alaska Volcano Observatory is probably a resource best utilized by high school students.

A related resource that may be of interest to you is Forces of Nature Earth Science Resources. You may also want to check out Snag Films where you can watch National Geographic's Violent Earth for free.

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Sunday, January 18, 2009

Google Earth Improvements - Art and Oceans

Last week Google announced the release of the Prado Museum Google Earth layer that allows users to explore art work through Google Earth. You can watch the video introduction to the Prado Museum layer below.

Today, I learned through the Google Earth Blog that Google has updated the ocean views. The updates include higher resolution imagery and more defined contrast to illustrate ocean floor contours.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Geography Awareness Week - Geographers on the Job

Last week I posted some resources for teachers about Geography Awareness Week. Now that Geography Awareness Week is here, the Google Earth Blog has posted some good KMZ files to use in your classroom. The one that I particularly like is Geographers on the Job.

Applications for Education
Geographers on the Job is full of placemarks that explain the types of work done by Geographers. This Google Earth tour is a great way for students to see the many uses of geography beyond the traditional jobs of cartography, surveying, and teaching.

If you're looking for additional lesson resources for Geography Awareness Week, check out My Wonderful World, Geography Action, and the Google Earth Blog.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Google Earth as an Almanac

One of the things that I enjoy about Google Earth is the myriad of creative files that people have developed and shared on the Internet. Today, I found a useful file on the Google Earth Blog that is essentially an online almanac of world data. Contained in the file are flags serving as placemarks for each country. Clicking on each placemark reveals information and links to stories about that country. Most of the data is drawn from the CIA World Factbook. You can access the file here.

Applications for Education
This Google Earth file is a good way for students to associate the names of countries and pertinent data about those countries to a geographic location.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Oceanography and Live Ocean Cams

Here's a good resource for science teachers. Protect Planet Ocean should be a good resource for anyone teaching marine biology. Protect Planet Ocean provides some good information about marine preservation. The information, though based on scientific research, is presented in language that the average high school student should be able to comprehend.

Protect Planet Ocean
, in conjunction with National Geographic and other sponsors, features links to a live ocean cam and a live aquarium cam.

According to Frank Taylor at the Google Earth Blog, Protect Planet Ocean is developing Google Earth files to represent protected marine areas and marine preservation efforts.

Applications for Education
Protect Planet Ocean's reports about marine preservation could be useful for high school classrooms. The live ocean cams could be used in classrooms from Kindergarten through high school.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Hurricane Tracking Resources

Hurricanes and other major storms provide science teachers with an opportunity to integrate current news coverage with technology into one lesson plan. Google Lat Long and the Google Earth Blog have both posted KML files to track Hurricane Gustav. Below is a short video about using Google Earth to track storms. The video was created by Frank Taylor from the Google Earth Blog.

Applications for Education
The same concepts used to track Hurricane Gustav on Google Earth can applied to other storms. So if you're not up to storm tracking in your curriculum yet, take a look at the video now and use the concepts to track other storms later in the school year. For those of use in snowy climates, tracking snow storms in Google Earth might be a fun way for students to try to predict whether or not school will be closed for a day.