Showing posts with label google earth browser plugin. Show all posts
Showing posts with label google earth browser plugin. Show all posts

Friday, May 25, 2012

Meograph - Four Dimensional Storytelling

Meograph is a new digital storytelling tool that you should put on your list of things to try this summer. Meograph, which I learned about through an email from its founder, provides tools for creating map-based and timeline-based narrated stories. The Meograph is still in a closed beta, but they appear to be very interested in the possible educational uses of the service.

When you watch a Meograph story (click here to watch one about women's rights in the USA) you will notice that it is very similar to a watching a narrated Google Earth tour. That is because it is based on the Google Maps and the Google Earth browser plug-in. As the story plays you can stop it to explore additional content in the forms of videos, texts, and images.

Applications for Education
When it's live for everyone to use Meograph will provide a way to create narrated map-based and timeline-based stories. Much of what Meograph offers can be accomplished in Google Earth. However, Meograph is browser-based so that students can create stories even if they cannot install Google Earth on their computers.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

GE Teach - Teaching With Google Earth

Recently, a high school geography teacher, Josh Williams, contacted me to share his website GE Teach. GE Teach is built around the Google Earth browser plug-in. The purpose of the site is to help teachers develop lessons in which students explore spatial distributions.

Visitors to GE Teach can select from a variety of physical geography and human geography layers to display and explore. A fantastic feature of GE Teach is the option use the "two Earths" mode to show two maps side-by-side. In the image below (click to view full size) you can see that I have used the Earth on the left to view climate regions and the Earth on the right to view population density. The "two Earths" mode could be useful for prompting students to make comparisons and or correlations between two maps.

Applications for Education
If you don't have Google Earth installed on your school's computers, GE Teach is an excellent web-based alternative for you and your students. Even if you do have Google Earth installed on your school's computers GE Teach offers a great service that you and your students can use to explore spatial distributions and relationships.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Video - Winter Solstice Lunar Eclipse

Depending on where you live last night or early this morning you could have observed a lunar eclipse. If you stayed in bed instead of watching it, you can see what it looked like through any number of videos of it posted on the web. One of the better ones I've seen, embedded below, is a time lapse video shot and produced by William Castleman. The video was captured in Gainseville, Florida.

Winter Solstice Lunar Eclipse from William Castleman on Vimeo.

A neat resource for teaching about the lunar eclipse is this simulation from Hey What's That? that uses the Google Earth browser plugin.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Solar Eclipse Simulation in Google Earth
NASA eClips - Educational Videos for K-12 Students
Explore Google Sky