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A journey around our planet March Workshop at North Colonie 2009 Presented by Rachael Toth and Heidi Meidenbauer Purpose: Welcome! This lab session provides an introduction to Google Earth, an internet based software program that provides world, aerial, and street views of locations on earth.

How can it apply to my classroom?: Geography/History: historical places/monuments Science: stars, places of discovery, environmental changes Math: measurement tools English: travel to places in a story Art/Music: view sculptures, museums, see inside views Foreign Language: travel to the country, map out the trip, see geography of countries1

Introduction to the Program:Reference:

Task 1: Orientate yourself with the basic look of Google Earth.What will this show me? familiarize you with the three main control panels find frequently used buttons and tell you their names (practice hovering over buttons to see their label)


1. Search panel: Use it to type in places/directions. Contains three (3) tabs which include: fly to, find businesses, and directions. 2. 3-D viewer: View the globe and its terrain in this window 3. Hide/Show Sidebar: Click on this button to hide or reveal the Search panels (the panel on the left side of the window). 4. Placemark: Click this button to mark a specific location on the map. This specific location then can be clicked and dragged to your My Places folder in the Search panel. 5. Add a polygon: Click this button to add a polygon to your field of view (a more advanced feature). 6. Add a path: Click this button to add a path or lines on the Google Earth Map (a more advanced feature). 7. Image Overlay: Click this to add an image overlay on the earth. 8. Measure: Click this button to measure a distance or area size. 9. Sunlight: Click this button to show the current status of the suns angle across the area. You can even change the time of day! 10. Planet: Click this button to select from three (3) types of view: 11. Email: Click this to email a view or image. 12. Print: Click this to print the current field of view. 13. Show in Google Maps: Click this to show the current view in Google Maps in your web browser. 14. Navigation Tools: Use these to zoom in/out, change the tilt, and move your viewpoint. 15. Layers panel: Select/deselect these various features that create icons on the earth, showing points of interest, weather, street views, etc. 16. Places panel: Use this area to save, revisit, organize, and locate points of interest. You can also create subfolders here. Right click on My places and then add folder. 17. Add Content: Click this to import exciting content from the KML Gallery 18. 3D viewer (same as #2): View the globe and its terrain in this window (The main field of view). 19. Status bar: View coordinate, imagery, and streaming status here. 20. Clock: Click this to see how the current area has changed over time. (icon appears between sun and polygon icons on the toolbar) 3

Task 2: Find your house! See a street view! What will this show me? search a known address zoom in/out select a layer option (street view)1. Click the planet button and verify you are on earth view. 2. In the Search panel, select the fly to tab type in your home address. Press Enter. 3. Once the cross hairs are present, roll your mouse track ball forward to zoom in further (roll backward to zoom out). 4. On the left side of the screen (sidebar), go to the layers panel (see picture below) and select street view. What should appear on your screen are small cameras and/or bubbles. When double-clicked, these will provide you with street views of the road/area. Click the camera once, and an information window pops up. When finished click on Exit Photo (upper right corner)

Task 3: Find a local restaurant type. Check out the local traffic. What roads to take? What will this show me? search for a local business check for traffic see nearest streets and roads1. Click on Find Business in the search panel 2. In the What: type Chinese Food 3. In the Where: type in 445 Watervliet Shaker Road, Latham, NY 4. Press Enter 5. Choose a Chinese restaurant (by clicking on it) and get the exact address and phone number (can even click to get directions) 6. In the layers panel, select both the Roads and Traffic options. It may take a moment to load all appropriate icons. 7. Zoom out, locate a major road nearby (ex. I90) until cars are visible. Depending upon the location, urban vs. suburban traffic is updated regularly. 4

Task 4:

What is the weather in Paris, France right now? How is the sun shining in Paris? Mark its location. Save it your My Places folder.

What will this show me? Current sun pattern local/distant weather patterns how to make a pin point save it for later reference1. Go to the layers panel and turn off all the layers options (by un-checking the boxes) except terrain. This cleans up the 3D view panel. 2. In the search panel (top left of sidebar) click on the X (bottom right of search box) to clear the last search result. 3. Also on the sidebar press the fly to tab. Type in Paris, France. 4. As in the picture above, press the sunlight button. A control window appears in the upper left corner of the view screen. Click and drag the slide bar button in this panel left/right to see how the sun is projected to change or has changed since earlier. 5. Go to the layers panel and select weather **Zoom out to view the local cloud cover, etc. over Paris (if any). Determine the local temperature and projected weather (sunny, rain, etc.) 6. Mark this area by selecting the Placemark (thumbtack) button at the top of the screen. Name it as Paris, France in the pop up window. Play around with changing the color of the thumbtack and color of the label by selecting Style/Color tab in this pop up window. Press ok at the bottom when you are done. 7. Look at your Places Panel (on the left sidebar). Most likely, this new placemark was put under the Sightseeing folder. Click and drag Paris, France to the My Places folder. It is now saved for later reference.


Task 5: Create a tour of the Collesium (and see a 3D view of the local buildings), the Kremlin, Mt. Fuji, and the Grand Canyon. Save it to a folder named World Wide Trip. What will this show me? how to travel to several locations in one trip See a 3D view of a building create a new folder in My Places1. Click on Fly to and type in Collesium, Rome. Mark a placemark there. Go to the layers panel and select 3D buildings. Turn off any other layers that might clutter the view. 2. Using the navigation panel, (upper right corner of viewing screen), zoom in and change the tilt by pressing the (+) button. Click this until you have a standing street-like view. 3. Change your head/eye direction of view by using the arrow buttons with the eye in the middle of it. Look left and/or right. 4. Press the arrows on either side of the hand to physically move the area of view in the navigation panel. 5. Fly to the Kremlin, Mt. Fuji, and the Grand Canyon. Put placemarks at all of these locations. Again, explore by changing the zoom, tilt, and radial view. Click and drag each of these placemarks to your My Places folder. Be sure to explore the Terrain features located in the Layers Panel at these sites as well. 6. Right click your My Places folder. Select Add Folder. Title the folder World Wide Trip. Click and drag the placemarks to this folder. (make sure theres a check in their boxes) 7. Click back on the World Wide Trip Folder. Under the Places Panel, a play bar will appear. Click on the little folder looking button. It will say play tour if you hover over it (see picture above). A tour of each of those places is underway. 8. Save the tour by selecting the disk (save) button at the bottom of the play bar type in a title.

Task 6: Capture a picture of Mt. Fuji. What will this show me? how to capture an image save it for later use put into an application1. 2. 3. 4. Revisit Mt. Fuji. Go to File Save Save Image Name the image (I like to save them as a .jpg), and select where to save it. Once the image is saved, insert the image into an application. 6

This is useful in creating a quiz, PowerPoint, etc.

Task 7: Is it farther to the Collesium from Marseilles, France or to Paris, France from Marseilles, France? What will this show me? how to use the measurement tool1. Fly to Marseilles, France and make a placemark. Make sure that the Paris, France placemark is checked on under your My Places area and also the Collesium. Zoom out a lot so that all three bookmarks are viewable in the 3D view panel. 2. Select the ruler icon at the top of the 3D view panel. Select the Marseilles, France placemark and then select one of the other two points. Observe the distance in miles. Clear the measurements. Repeat clicking on the other point of interest, measuring its distance from Marseilles, France. Observe the distance in miles and make your conclusion as to which one is farther. Summary: Google Earth has a lot of different features. By changing from Earth view to Sky view (using the planet button on the 3D view panel), Exploration of nebulas, stars and constellations, and even other planets is possible. The best way to learn Google Earth is to practice. It seems overwhelming at first but just come up with little tasks on your own and then explore how to solve them. Listed below are some websites that might help you in your venture. Best of luck! Resources: (There is even a link here for a manual for earth science teachers) (Designing and creating earth science lessons with google earth) (Google Lit Trips) (Mini Google Earth Tutorials) Username: ncolonie Password: