Google Earth

Google Earth allows you to virtually explore the universe.

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TopicSelect a topic related to your field that you will use as the theme of this project. Pick 3 related locations you will visit.

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Set Up
Folders Create a folder and give it the name of your topic. Create 3 sub-folders, one for each location you will visit. Label each sub-folder with the respective location. In the description box of each sub-folder, provide a brief explanation of the location, such as why you will visit this location or how the location is related to your topic. Arrange all placemarkers and other elements you save so they are located in the appropriate sub-folder.
Visual Layers Turn on 3 – 4 visual layers that are pertinent to your topic. Visual layers provide great learning content, but having too many on can be distracting. Some good visual layers to use are: Borders and Labels, Panoramio, 360 Cities, 3D Buildings, Gigapan Photos, Gigapxl Photos, Ramsey Historical Maps, and YouTube.
Informational Layers Turn on 3 – 4 informational layers that pertain to your topic/subject. While these layers do show things visually, they are considered informational because they are providing information instead of just an image/video. Again, while these layers are great, having too many on can be distracting. While pertinent information layers will depend on your topic/subject, some informational layers that are usually good options are Ocean, Weather (or some sub-layers within this layer), and Earthquakes.
Save Items from Layers Save at least 1 item (such as an image from the Panoramio layer) from every visual and informational layer you have on to an appropriate sub-folder. You do not need to have every layer represented in each sub-folder, but every layer should be represented somewhere in your folders. This requirement does not include 3D buildings or Borders and Labels as they cannot be saved to folders. (This criteria may be easier to complete after you have created placemarkers.)
Create Create at at least 1 placemarker for each location you selected.
Modify Change at least 1 placemarker icon to a different image, color or scale.
Text In at least 1 placemarker, include at least 2 paragraphs of text (such as what is the place, why it is important, etc.). At least a brief explanation should appear in each placemarker.
Links Add at least 1 link to each placemarker. The link should be to something that relates to the place marked or the content you wrote in the placemarker.
Image In at least 1 of your placemarkers, add an image. Resize it so the image is a reasonable size. The image should relate to the area you marked with the placemarker or the paragraphs you wrote in the placemarker.
Video In at least 1 of your placemarkers, add a video from YouTube using the embed code provided on the YouTube video page. The video should relate to the area you marked with the placemarker.
HTML Tags Use tags such as <br> and <p> to format the text and other content in the placemarker window.
Image Overlay Overlay an image (ideally a map) that is relevant to your topic. While it will not be perfect, make every effort to stretch and otherwise position the map so it matches the landscape displayed on Google Earth.
Polygon Tool Use the polygon tool to isolate an area (such as the area where a battle took place, the region that was once composed an ancient kingdom, empire, or city, or to emphasize something about a region such as a nation’s oil consumption). The Polygon should be a fair distance above the ground (relative to ground) and should have the sides extended to the ground.
Path Tool Create a path (this could illustrate an old trade route, an immigration trail, or outline an area such as an ancient empire). The path may be on the ground or above the ground (relative to ground), but if the latter is used, the path should be extended to the ground.
Ruler Take a screenshot as you use the measurement tool to show the distance between two locations (these locations do not need to be placemarkers).
Record a Tour
Turn Off Layers Turn off all layers except for 3D buildings, if you chose to use that layer, and possibly labels and borders (turn them off if they will be a distraction). The items saved from various layers will still be visible.
Tour Record a tour with narration. The tour could provide a brief introduction to the topic and briefly walk the viewer through the different places you have marked. You could also explain what the area in the polygon represents as well as the path you created with the path tool or the image you overlaid. The tour could also be a set of instructions for students, including clicking on a few of the items you have saved and say what you expect students to do with these items. You can also create a tour to meet some other need you have for your project. Save the tour you have created with an appropriate name that describes the nature of the video and add it to the main folder or one of your sub-folders.
Submit Work
Portfolio Save the whole folder including the narrated tour (as a kmz file). Create a sub-page under your website portfolio page and label it “Google Earth.” Insert your ruler screenshot and upload your project (as a kmz file) to the page.
Submit Send a link to this page to your instructor via Canvas. If you are not currently enrolled in a course, send your project to
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