While exploring the amazing new Ancient Rome layer in Google Earth I thought it would be useful for kids to be able to add “audio-bites” by way of annotation. The recordings might, for example, take the form of imaginary discussions taking place in Rome.
After a little research, I discovered Vocaroo.com This great little site lets you record a snippet of audio and upload it to the web. The recording can be played through an embeddable Flash Player. What’s really cool is that I found the HTML code for the player can be pasted into a Google Earth placemark. There’s no need to register to use Vocaroo; the whole process couldn’t be easier or more classroom friendly.
Here’s the Google Earth placemark we recorded earlier:
Tragedy in the gardens of Lucullus
Obviously the technique has endless potential for further development. Maps that speak are an excellent example of neo-geography!