Google Earth

Google Earth is a free virtual 3D globe software that allows users to be explorers and discover the world, the ocean, the moon, and Mars.  It has many educational features including
  • content layers supplied by organizations such as NASA, National Geographic, NY Times
  • content layers from the public via Panoramio images and YouTube videos
  • 3D buildings and topography
  • street view
  • historical imagery
  • tools to create your own content placemarks and share them
  • tools to create narrated tours of your placemarks

EXAMPLES at the University of Michigan

Kerry Ard, student at the School of Natural Resources & the Environment, won the global Google Earth KML research prize for her compilation of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Risk Screening Environmental Indicators data.  T
his project displays the changes across time of the amount of these chemicals for every 1 km-square mile in Wayne County, Michigan for the years 1988- 2004.

toxic waste thumbnail link to jing movie 
*Click image for animation

Tornado Paths is a storm tracking application developed by Professor Perry Samson that plots data provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) onto satellite maps provided by Google Maps and Google Earth.


In ITALIAN 660/HISTORY 698/796, Professors Raymond VanDam and Paolo Sqattriti's graduate students chose an area of the Mediterranean and wrote weekly posts which were geo-tagged to a Google Earth plug-in embedded into a Sitemaker site.  Sitemaker was chosen to protect graduate students work and to afford the professors a record keeping layer of quick links to posts per week and per student. 
 blog with google earth plugin

Blog post form with default and custom coordinates.


Main page of blog with tags and geographic placemarkers for each place and post.

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