Muddling through the blogosphere

June 28, 2008
by blogwalker

Google Earth with Lucy Gray

Lucy Gray, from University of Chicago, is leading the session. We’re starting with a look at Google Maps and how to use the search feature to make your own customized maps. Using the Sears Tower in Chicago, we’re looking at the street view, which is not available from all sites.

To make a map, click on MyMaps, type in description and save. Two important options: collaborate and invite others. Import a KML file (Google format) (KMZ=compressed format of KML). When you click on edit, a toolbar opens on your map that includes placemarks. You can upload pictures and/or icons and add lines (right click on the line and you’ll get more options). The cool thing about Google Maps is that you can leave it open to others to edit. Also, it’s not as bandwidth intensive as Google Earth. With the embed code, you can put it on your blog. If your visitors are logged into Google, they can add to your map. When you’re done with your map, send it to Google Earth. – Oh, wow, every time I visit this site, I am amazed at the options. I hadn’t looked at the Google Books Search option, which you can add as a link and to your library. The Find this Book in a Library takes you to WorldCat and shows a library in your area (based on your IP address) that has that collection. The MyLibrary option is public, so by adding tags, visitors can find your reviews. Great way to create a bibliography for a course.

Suggested intro activity for teachers: In Google Maps, make a placemark of a place special to you in your education and email to facilitator, who uploads it into Google Earth as a KMZ file. Have students trained to make placemarks and save them in a file in Google Earth.

Questions: can you add audio and video in Google Maps (as you can in Google Earth).

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