Apr 042007
 

Despite being just a couple of days old, Google Earth Library looks set to become an essential blog for news of content rather than placemarks. The editor plans on addidng 70 to 100 posts per week until he has worked through his backlog which means that I won’t be subscribing to the feed just yet!

It’s a collaborative blog with several really useful files already posted. I’m particularly looking forward to the development of the education category and wish topomat all the best in his endeavours!

Mar 152007
 

News of a great new Google Earth layer that is UK-specific (for a refreshing change!)

Barry Hunter of the extremely useful Nearby.org.uk website has created a superlayer that displays images from the Geograph project (Creative Commons photographs that will eventually represent every square kilometer of the UK.)

The link to the layer can be found on Barry’s blog

This is what you see:
geograph1
Zoom in to the concentric circles identified by OS reference letters

geograph2
Camera icons appear at higher zoom levels…

geograph3
…which are then replaced by picture icons ( a little slowly)

geograph4
Click the picture icons to display the Geograph photo in the info balloon.

Mar 102007
 

I have written up a new Google Earth teaching idea that combines a study of the modern classic Northern Lights by Philip Pullman, with an investigation of Svalbard, one of the settings for the book. The book is published in the USA as The Golden Compass.

aurora
source: Wikipedia

Students act as location-scouts, examining the terrain in Google Earth and adding placemarks to indicate where they would film the various action sequences.

Example outcome:
bear palace

google earth placemark download Google Earth placemark

The film version of the book entitled The Golden Compass, is in production. There is an official site for the film.

Go to the lesson page on Juicy Geography

Feb 032007
 

Ogle Earth has discovered an incredibly useful resource for teaching around the issues of conflict and migration and human rights violations. The Geospatial Technologies and Human Rights project is published by Lars Bromley at the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Stefan points to Google Earth technology holding future world leaders to account for the humanitarian outcomes of their actions. For the first time carefully sourced and researched satellite imagery can be used to support lessons about forced migration and similar topics. The images below show the impact of recent attacks on villages in Madoua, Chad.

Chad March March 2006 Chad Dec November 2006

icon Google Earth file for above images

The Human Rights Google Earth layers cover Chad, Sudan, Lebanon and Israel and Zimbabwe. They take a long time to load in some cases; worth remembering before using them in a class situation. Find the layers here

This post has also been published at Juicy Geography’s Google Earth blog

Jan 272007
 

I discovered the World Gazetteer of population of towns and cities.

The data can be conveniently downloaded as a Google Earth file which opens a placemark with the data in the balloon as shown:

circle population click to enlarge

A very useful resource, whether or not the Google Earth feature is used. A related post can be found at my Google Earth blog.

Jan 152007
 

Digital Urban have published their tutorial for creating immersive panoramas. I made the short video below. There’s lots of potential for the classroom.

Video features a Banksy image from Digital Urban

The rest of this article is at Juicy Geography Google Earth blog