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April 18, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Google Earth Unveils Big Redesign Today

Google unveiled a huge redesign of Google Earth today.

The changes include being now completely browser-based, letting you see the world in 3-D, and providing guided “Voyager” tours.

You can read more about the changes at:

Introducing the New Google Earth, Google Maps Mania

Redesigned Google Earth brings guided tours and 3D view to Chrome browsers and Android devices, The Verge

I’m adding this info to The Best Resources For Google Earth Beginners Like Me, which needs to be updated one of these days…

May 15, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Google Earth Will Be Available In Your Browser — No Download Required

Google just announced a new version of Google Maps that will incorporate Google Earth into it. In other words, you won’t have to download Google Earth any longer — it will be available in your browser.

The New York Times, I believe, has the shortest and sweetest explanation of the changes.

It’s being rolled out slowing to users.

Here’s a video:

I’m adding this info to The Best Resources For Google Earth Beginners Like Me.

April 27, 2011
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Resources For Google Earth Beginners Like Me

Google Earth Unveils Big Redesign Today

NOTE: Google Earth Will Be Available In Your Browser — No Download Required

I’ve played around a little with Google Earth over the years, but haven’t really looked at it seriously. Since I may be teaching Geography to English Language Learners next year for the first time in awhile, though, I thought it was time for me to get more familiar with it.

I thought readers might be interested in the sites I’m finding helpful.

Here are my choices for The Best Resources For Google Earth Beginners Like Me:

Google Earth Basics is from the Google Earth Blog.

Beginner Tutorials come from Google Earth itself.

Google Earth 6: Beginner’s Tutorial 1 is a useful YouTube video.

Advanced features and tutorials: Google Earth tutorials is from Google Earth.

Google Earth 101 for Educators comes from Teaching Hacks.

Crafting Stories with Google Earth is from The National Writing Project.

Google Lit Trips

26 Interesting Ways* to use Google Earth in the Classroom

Google Earth Lessons

Teaching With Google Earth

Google Earth for Educators: 50 Exciting Ideas for the Classroom

GE Teach looks like a great tool for teachers using Google Earth. You can read more about it at Richard Byrne’s blog.

Tour Builder now makes it pretty easy to create your own custom tours on Google Earth.

GE Teach is a tool that lets you create tours on the new Google Earth (see Google Earth Unveils Big Redesign Today). You can read instructions on how to use it at Richard Byrne’s blog.

Google Earth’s New Voyager Tool Aims to Feed Our Wanderlust.

Google Earth comes to the classroom with new educational tours and lesson plans comes from TechCrunch.

Ten Ways to Use Google Earth In Your Classroom – Handout is from Richard Byrne.

The redesigned Google Earth app arrives on iOS is from TechCrunch.

Feedback on this topic are welcome!

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September 11, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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A Beginning List Of The Best Resources For Learning About Google Classroom

google-classroom

Our district is taking baby steps towards using Google Classroom, and I thought it would be a good time to begin a related “Best” list.

You might also be interested in:

The Best Resources For Using Chromebooks In The Classroom – Help Me Find More

The Best Resources For Learning How To Use Google Docs/Google Drive

The Best Posts To Help Understand Google’s New “Books Ngram Viewer”

The Best Resources For Google Earth Beginners Like Me

The Best Sites For Learning About Google Translate

Here are my choices for Google Classroom resources:

You have to start with Alice Keeler, and these two links are good places to begin.

Of course, Vicki Davis’ 100+ Great Google Classroom Resources for Educators is the other key treasure trove.

You probably don’t need to look any further than the sites of those two great educators but, if you’re interested, here are a couple more:

Learn Google Classroom is from Ed Tech Teacher.

Everything You Need To Know In Google Classroom Part One and Part Two.

This Is Intriguing – Now Anyone Can Create A Class In Google Classroom

Welcome to your first day of Classroom is from Google Ed.

January 2, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Earth-Picker” Is A New Online Geography Game

earthpicker

Earth-Picker is a new online geography game that works similar to a number of other games on The Best Online Geography Games.

But, because of District Internet content filters, you can never have too many sites doing the same thing on your classroom list!

Thanks to Google Maps Mania for the tip.

August 30, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Earth-Picker Is A New Online Geography Game

geo

Earth-Picker is a new online geography games that’s somewhat similar to other ones using Google Street View that can be found on The Best Online Geography Games list.

You’re shown a location and have to identify on a map where you think it is in the world. You’re told how close you are, and how your guess compares to the ones made by other players.

I’m adding it to that games list.

July 16, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The New Google Maps Is Now Open To Everybody!

'WTF Is Up With Google Maps' photo (c) 2007, Matthew Oliphant - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

Back in May, I posted about the new Google Maps that was being rolled-out slowly (I’ve re-posted below what I published then). Today, though, Google has made it available to everybody and anybody.

TechCrunch
explains how to access it:

But wait! Don’t head straight over to maps.google.come and expect the new look, just yet. While they’ve ditched the invite queue and the whole having-to-wait bit, you’ll still need to opt in. To do so, just go to this page, scroll down to the bottom, and hit the “Try Now” button. It should let you in immediately.

Here’s what I posted in May:

Google just announced a new version of Google Maps that will incorporate Google Earth into it. In other words, you won’t have to download Google Earth any longer — it will be available in your browser.

The New York Times, I believe, has the shortest and sweetest explanation of the changes.

It’s being rolled out slowing to users.

Here’s a video:

I’m adding this info to The Best Resources For Google Earth Beginners Like Me.

I’m also adding this info to The Best Map-Making Sites On The Web.

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