Google Earth, the free to download satellite imagery package from Google provides an excellent starting point for students to organise and present their fieldwork data
Using Google Earth, it is possible to attach maps, photos, text, data, routes and video links to aerial photographs by inserting simple html codes into the programme.
Students can create a tour of the sites they have visited and use this as a framework for presenting their primary and secondary fieldwork data.
Download your own copy of Google Earth (which is necessary if you wish to view the example provided on these pages).
Watch a demonstration of how to use Google Earth to create a presentation (downloadable below)
Add a placemark (SWF)
Change the title and pin style of your placemark, and add a description (SWF)
Add a photo to a placemark (SWF)
Add a video clip to a placemark (SWF)
Add a web link to a placemark (SWF)
Add a map layer to your area (SWF)
Create a tour of your sites (SWF)
Save your masterpiece (SWF)
Print out instructions (in downloads box below) for creating a Google Earth presentation to give to your students. The document covers methods of embedding photos, linking to websites and inserting text.
View a streetview guide compiled as part of an RGS-IBG Innovative Teaching Grant project.
These skills sheets (in the downloads box below) will guide you through a range of Google Earth techniques of varying degrees of difficulty. They can also be printed off and used with your students. The skills sheets are for use with Google Earth version 4.3.
Finding places (PPT) - Use the search engine to fly to a place. Beginner
Using the 3-D viewer (PPT) - Navigate your way around using the rotate, look, move and zoom controls. Beginner
Using layers (PPT) - View the additional information contained in layers created by Google. Beginner
Opening saved placemarks (PPT) - Open Google Earth placemarks that you have saved from another source. Beginner
Creating a placemark (PPT) - Create and edit your own placemarks, and add labels and descriptions. Intermediate
Organising, saving and touring placemarks (PPT) - Save your placemarks in a folder and tour them. Intermediate
Creating a path (PPT) - Draw, label, format and describe a route between two or a series of points. Intermediate
Measuring distance (PPT) - Find out the distance between two points or the length of a path in a range of units. Intermediate
Advanced placemarks (PPT) - Format placemark text and add images, video and weblinks. Advanced
Creating a polygon (PPT) - Draw a polygon to highlight a particular area and create a 3-D shape to represent different values. Advanced
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