Learning to use Google Earth

Today in Grade 4, we’re learning to use the basics of Google Earth.

We will need to copy and paste this address into Google Earth for the quiz:
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA

The following diagram describes some of the features available in the main window of Google Earth:

Overview of Google Earth

  1. Search panel – Use this to find places and directions and manage search results. Google Earth EC may display additional tabs here.
  2. 3D Viewer – View the globe and its terrain in this window.
  3. Toolbar buttons – See ‘Using the Navigation Controls’.
  4. Navigation controls – Use these to zoom, look and move around (see below).
  5. Layers panel – Use this to display points of interest.
  6. Places panel – Use this to locate, save, organize and revisit placemarks.
  7. Earth Gallery – Click this to import exciting content from the Earth Gallery
  8. Status bar – View coordinate, elevation, imagery date and streaming status here.
  9. Overview map – Use this for an additional perspective of the Earth.

Creating a New Placemark

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FB1EseH7jzs[/youtube]

How to add a new placemark to any spot in the viewer

Position the 3D viewer to contain the spot you want to placemark. Consider zooming into the best viewing level for the desired location. Choose any one of the following methods:

  • Select Placemark from the ‘Add’ Menu.
  • Click the Placemark icon on the toolbar menu at the the top of the screen

Pushpin icon
The ‘New Placemark’ dialog box appears and a ‘New Placemark’ icon is centered in the viewer inside a flashing yellow square. Position the placemark. To do this, position the cursor on the placemark until the cursor changes to a pointing finger and drag it to the desired location. The cursor changes to a finger pointing icon to indicate that you can move the placemark.

Position the placemark
You can also lock the placemark position or set advanced coordinates for its position. Set the following properties for the new placemark:

  • Name for the placemark
  • Description, including HTML text (see Writing Descriptions)
  • Style, Color – Choose a color, scale (size) and opacity for the placemark icon
  • View – Choose a position for the placemark. For explanation of terms in this tab, mouse over each field. Click Snapshot current view to apply the current view (altitude and camera angle) to this placemark.
  • Altitude – Choose the height of the placemark as it appears over terrain with a numeric value or the slider. Choose ‘Extend to ground’ to show the placemark attached to a line anchored to the ground.
  • (Icon) – Click the icon for the placemark (top right corner of the dialog box) to choose an alternate icon.

Click OK to apply the information you entered in the placemark dialog box.

Your placemark appears in the 3D viewer and as an entry in the selected folder. Once you save this placemark, you can always change its position and properties. See Editing Places and Folders for more information.

(taken from: Google Earth Support)

Embed a Video

Since the WordPress 3.0 update, security has been tightened up regarding the use of embedding html code that begins with “iframe” or “object”.  That means you can no longer embed anything that begins with those two words.

Below is a tutorial on how to now embed a YouTube video.  It’s WAY easier than it was before – honest!  Check out the video below!

[youtube width=”600″ height=”400″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1F8PpxWk228[/youtube]

The instructions are pretty much the same for any videos from google, vimeo or bliptv too – just use the associated button on the visual editor.
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Embedding images (using html code) is exactly the same as before! That code doesn’t start with “iframe” or “object” – so just paste the html code into the html editor, then switch back to the visual editor to make size or alignment adjustments.

Embed A Flickr Slideshow

Since the WordPress 3.0 update, security has been tightened up regarding the use of embedding html code that begins with “iframe” or “object”.  That means you can no longer embed anything that begins with those two words.

Below is a tutorial on how to now embed a Flickr Slideshow of a set of photos.  It’s WAY easier than it was before – honest!  Check out the video below!

[youtube width=”600″ height=”400″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYmJ9JApe_s[/youtube]

Embedding images (using html code) is exactly the same as before! That code doesn’t start with “iframe” or “object” – so just paste the html code into the html editor, then switch back to the visual editor to make size or alignment adjustments.

Typing PAL Online

Our Grade 3 – 5 students are enrolled in Typing PAL Online.  We’re using it as a home learning task rather than a specific time task in the classroom.

Typing Pal Online is a 100% web-based keyboarding tutor tailored to students and teachers needs. All Grade 3, 4 & 5 classes are set up and students are registered.  You can use Typing Pal online whenever you are ready to.  As this typing practice is online, students can complete their typing courses at home.  The advantage of using Typing Pal is that you can track your progress.  It’s very easy to use and the teachers can adjust the program to meet the needs of their students.

Student Login: your Student ID

Student Password: student

Welcome to Typing Pal School