A guide on how to use Google Earth Project for your course.
Teaching Models to Consider:
- To Accompany Your Lectures
- When geographic context of your course content is important, global or one city
- Can devote one projector to Google Earth and a second to your presentation
- Can zoom in and out of locations and change from 2D to 3D as desired while lecturing and traveling between sites
- As a Course Study Resource
- Functions as a study resource available to students on your course Glow site
- Can be customized with images and data about the objects and structures that students are responsible for learning
- Links to lecture presentations or handouts can be included
- Content can be added over the course of the semester as lectures are completed
- As a Collaborative Student Project
- Like all Google apps, easy for students to collaborate and share
- Can function like a digital exhibition with images and wall label text
- Student training session and written instructions provided by the VRC
- Best for small courses
Creating a Project: A Quick Tutorial
- Go to https://earth.google.com/ and click the menu with the three lines in the upper left-hand corner. Select Projects and click the blue New Project button. In the drop-down, select Create Project in Google Drive.
- Give your project a title by clicking in the Project Title box and type a description if desired.
Adding a Placemark
- Click on the blue New feature button. Select Search to add place from the drop-down. Type in the name of your desired location and select from the search results.
- Click the Add to project button and Save.
- Hover over the placemark in your list and click the pencil to edit. Click the Replace button to add your own custom images, video, and/or text. Click the camera+ icon to upload images or videos from your computer, a Google Image Search, YouTube, or Google Drive. Edit the Title and/or add custom text. Change the format of the info box and/or placemark. Select 2D or 3D and Zoom in and out to your preferred view. Click the blue Capture this view button.
Adding a Slide
- Click on the blue New feature button. Select Fullscreen slide from the drop-down. Enter a title and custom text.
- Select a solid color or image as your background.
Adding a Line
- Click on the blue New feature button. Select Draw line or shape from the drop-down. Click where you would like your line to begin and drag to the endpoint. Press Enter to save the line or shape. Add images and text similar to a placemark.
Please contact Amy if you would like to plan a Google Earth Project for your course or if you have any questions.
Amy McKenna, Visual Resources Curator, [email protected]