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Google adds New Content for Google Earth and Google Maps

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Recently Google added Street View content for major cities in Italy and France their mapping and geography products. Both Google Earth and Google Maps have this new content. I recently spent some time with our 5th grade students exploring this new content and the ability to view cities such as Rome and Paris in this detail provides another tremendous tool for teachers when studying geography and social studies. Also in addition to the new Street View content Google also recently announced a new Ancient Rome layer to Google Earth. This new layer was produced by the University of Virginia's Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities, and contains over 6,700 3 dimensional building and 250 Google Earth placemarks. The ability to have students visually see the scale and structure of these buildings, while at the same time being able to utilize the measurement tools built in to Google Earth can lead to some interesting discussions and with these types of tools teachers can construct lessons and challenges that allow their students to approach this work in new ways that would not be possible with just a picture in a book. The depth of content associated with Google Earth and Google Maps continues to astonish me and I encourage teachers to take a close look at these exciting tools.



Google Maps Wikified

Tip: Google Maps has updated its My Maps tool to incorporate wiki-like functionality for collaborative mapping. Do maps need wikis? Considering the amount of love people have for their maps with mapping tools, map mashups, geo-tagging, and real time activity shown on a map, then, of course, maps need wikis.

Collaborate with Google Earth

Tip: Share your KMZ Files KML is a file format used to display geographic data in an Earth browser, such as Google Earth, Google Maps, and Google Maps for mobile. KML uses a tag-based structure with nested elements and attributes and is based on the XML standard. KML stands for Keyhole Markup

Compass Rose Google Earth

Tip: Margie Brown, a Campus Technology Coordinator in Austin, Texas shares this activity, that she used with elementary students at her school. Our Texas standards cycle so that each year students learn more about the Cardinal directions and reading maps. This activity can be adjusted so that it can be

Moving Earth

Try out this map widget to get out into the world faster. When I was teaching, one of my favorite subjects was science, specifically earth science. I recently found Moving Earth, a little web tool/widget that allows you to view on a map the latest earthquakes around the world. The tool presents the magnitude,

Use Google Earth to Search Your World

Tip: Google Earth is a Geo Browser providing you a new way to search your world. The navigation controls in the top right corner of the 3D viewer allow a user to zoom, pan, tilt, and otherwise manipulate the image on screen. They're pretty intuitive, so try them out for yourself as you read the