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The New Killer Apps

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Google Earth and Google Maps:  The New Killer Apps


David S. Jakes

Community High School District 99

Downers Grove, IL





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Opening PowerPoint

Definition of Cartography

Fundamental Literacy

Added Value

Proper Pedagogy




Who are you?



Setting the Stage

Can every discipline be studied through a geographical context

How will you help students make meaning of visual data?

How does access to these tools change how teachers teach and students learn?

What are the logistical and technical requirements of these tools?



San Diego fire image

San Diego fire Google Map


Google Maps

View maps and create maps

Examples of Maps

Viewing maps requires the map address | 2400 Fulton Street | Jefferson Airplaine

Creating a map requires a Google account-problematic-Upshot:  teacher design tool, Maps can be private or public, entry level

Does not require installation-delivered via the Web


Create Map

Maps Help is available here | http://local.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=68480

Select the view you want

Design Tools:  grabber, placemark, line, shape tool.

Understanding the Placemark

Adding Content to the placemark (text, hyperlinks, and imagery)

Adding Content via Mapplets (adds layers of data to your maps-Click on Browse Directory)

Your profile page | others access it by clicking on your name

Distributing your map | tinyURL

KML files

Saving a KML file

Exporting the KML to Google Earth.


Putting this together at this point.

Other resources | YourGMap


Viewing the file created in Google Earth

Click on the KML file


Visit the 1906 EarthQuake

Sierra Club Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Darfur Crisis



Understanding the Interface

Four Main areas

  • Left column with the search/places/and layers
  • Design Tools
  • Navigation controls
  • Viewing window


Some specifics:

  • Requires local install
  • Does not require login and password to create
  • Contains Google Sky as well as a Flight Simulator (v4.2)


Creating in Google Earth

Create a folder

Create a placemark

  • requires an understanding of HTML
  • can use embed codes

Embedding codes in placemark windows

Can show UnitedStreaming content


KMZ vs KML files


Tour Feature


Reviewing the differences between Google Earth and Maps


Bandwidth issues


Visit Google Earth Lessons


Visit JuicyGeography | The Diamond Trade

JuicyGeography blog


Visit Google Lit Trips


Thank you and questions




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