Monday, July 8, 2013

How to Create Placemarks and Tours in Google Earth

One of last month's most popular posts was 18 Google Earth & Maps Lessons for K-12. In response to that post I received a bunch of requests for more information about Google Earth and Google Maps including how to create placemarks and tours. I've shared these directions in the past, but it's worth sharing them again for folks who are thinking about trying a Google Earth or Google Maps-based lesson in their classrooms.

You may also find this playlist of Google Earth videos useful.

Finally, last fall Jerome Burg and Thomas Petra hosted a Google+ Hangout about using Google Earth in education. A recording of that Hangout is available here.

Your Tour - Google's Official Tour de France Virtual Tour

Over the weekend I shared a couple of resources for learning about the Tour de France. This morning Google launched their official Tour de France virtual tour resources. Your Tour features interactive tours of each stage of the race. You can choose a stage of the race and scroll through Street View imagery of that stage. While you're scrolling through stage you also see the elevation profile of the stage.

Easily Sign Documents In Your Browser or On Your Tablet

The other day I received an email from a reader who was looking for a way to digitally sign documents. My suggestion was to try Hello Sign. Hello Sign is a service that allows you to digitally sign documents. Hello Sign can be used in your web browser, on your iPhone, on your iPad, and on your Android tablet.

On your computer you can use Hello Sign to record your signature by using your mouse or by importing a picture of your signature. Then whenever you need to sign a document just upload it to Hello Sign and apply your stored signature. You can email your newly signed document directly from Hello Sign. Alternatively you can use the Hello Sign Chrome app or the Hello Sign Gmail plug-in.

On your iPhone, iPad, or Android device you can use Hello Sign by selecting a document or by taking a picture of a document. I tried it out on my iPad and was impressed by how easy it was to use. I just opened the app, logged into my Hello Sign account, and snapped a picture of a document. After the picture was captured I had the option to apply a stored signature or sign the document using my finger on my iPad's screen.

Use Bing to Find Public Domain Images

Since I started using them earlier this year Pixabay and Every Stock Photo have been my go-to resources for public domain images. This morning I learned from Tony Vincent that Bing has an option for finding public domain images. To access this setting go to Bing Images, enter your search term, then use the "license" menu to select public domain images. I've included a screenshot of the settings below.
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Applications for Education
Bing image search would probably be my third choice of places for students to search for public domain images after Pixabay and Every Stock Photo. It's my third choice because, like Google Images, the "related" images and search suggestions might not always be appropriate for classrooms.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Maker Camp Starts Tomorrow - A Virtual Camp for Making Things

MAKE magazine is hosting a virtual Maker Camp starting tomorrow (July 8th) and running through August 16th. The virtual camp features new DIY projects that students can do at home or school as individuals or in groups. A new project is posted each day. Daily Google+ Hangouts will offer tips for completing each project. Students can share their projects in the Maker Camp Google+ Community.
Applications for Education
Maker Camp looks like it is going to provide lots of great, hands-on, educational activities for students to try all summer long. Whether you're looking for something for your own children to do or you're looking for some fun activities to try in your classroom, Maker Camp is definitely worth following for the next six weeks. The first week's schedule of projects can be found here.