Google Earth for Presentations

Task 1

  • Go see Seattle by navigating there from space
  • Toggle layers on and off, then eventually get it so only 3D Buildings, Borders & Labels, and Terrain are checked.
  • (Use shift & ctrl + "click" to look around. Click the N in the compass to return to north.)

Task 2

  • Search/Fly-To the college where you did your undergraduate studies.
  • Notice that the orange search-results tags can toggle on and off.
  • Right click (Ctrl+Click on Macs) on MY PLACES and choose Add | Folder
    • Name the folder with your university’s name (there's a trick to getting the name to "stick"--you sometimes need to click in the descriptions space before clicking okay)
    • Before you add thumbtacks or overlays, it's a GREAT idea to click on the Places folder first so the placemarks go automatically into that folder.
  • Add Yellow Thumbtack Placemark from top toolbar -- give it a name like "View 1."
  • Change the view (use shift key) and add a second placemark.
  • Change the view again and add a 3rd placemark.
  • In the Places section on the left, organize these new placemarks into your new folder.

To play with while you’re waiting (and when both of your neighbors are caught up, too)
  • Add Content Button gets you to pre-made tours—try the Castles and Palaces!
    • Be sure to check "open with" rather than "save to" when it is downloading the KMZ file.

Great PDF Handouts Here!!

Task 3:

  • Find 4 pictures of wildlife indigenous to your college's region.
    • Use GoogleSquared to find pictures if you like.
    • Right-click the image and copy the "location" or "url" to memory.
  • Add image overlays near or within the campus map.
  • Organize these image overlays into the folder you created for your college.

Task 4:

  • Ensure that your placemarks and image overlays are in your new Places folder.
  • Record a Tour:
    • Right click (Ctrl+Click on Macs) on your folder and choose Add | Tour
    • Record the tour first with the red button, talking rough-draft style.
    • Record audio next (with the mic icon).
    • Save your Tour with the archaic symbol of magnetic 3.5" media.

Task 5:

  • Right click on the folder you created today and "Save Place As."
    • Google to discover the difference between KML and KMZ filetype . . .
  • Email your file to 1 or 2 team-mates. (and then open the files they sent you)

The one-page PDF of this workshop is HERE.
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