SITE 2013 & WEMTA 2013

Creating Cross Curricular Units with Google Earth Walks
Focus for School Librarians, Classroom Teachers, &Technology Coordinators
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Individuals will learn how to use Google Earth to create a Google Earth Walk. Participants will integrate subject matters across the curriculum linking Google satellite images, locations, into the content areas.

Download Google Earth to get started. Google Earth 7 is the latest version.
Google Earth Walks
Printable Google Earth Guides

  1. Start with the toolbar across the top to create custom placemarks on the map.
  2. Navigate in the search box, add placemark, customize by clicking and dragging your cursor
  3. Enter a name, choose an icon or upload one
  4. Add a description in the lower half of the dialogue, change color and style with the color icon
  5. Set orientation view, then click "snapshot current view", click ok, it will log in the placemarks panel, You can change properties by right clicking and either choose "get info" or "properties"
  6. Organize your content by right clicking on "My Places", "add", "folder", Set folder's name, description and views, drag and drop content into your folder
  7. Select folder and choose "play tour" for an animated tour, adjust timing under the "touring" tab under the Google Earth Preferences window
  8. Earth Gallery has complied tours that others have made, choose "open in Google earth" it will open in your temporary place tab
  9. Share your tour by right clicking on your folder, "share post", post wizard will walk you through, to share files with specific people you can right click and choose the option for email Google Earth will package the selected file as a .kmz file
  10. Google Earth automatically saves new places so they'll be there the next time you open the program still you have the option to save files out from Google Earth just right click on anything in the places panel and choose safe place at


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