Virginia Geo Teacher Institute: Storytelling with Earth Imagery



  • create a tour in Google Earth
    • free Google Earth Pro download (no license key needed)
    • EOL Arctic Tern Tour
    • 4 methods: freestyle, create tour from line, create tour from folder, hand-edit KML code
    • Can use the camera icon to record my actions and steps in Google Earth around points
    • Can use the Preferences>Touring to adjust items like time at features, time between features, Fly Along Line, camera tilt angle to raise view
    • Tools>Movie Maker to record a movie
  • create a story with Google Tour Builder
    • can customize icons or use initial set of icons
    • can use Google Earth or Street View to develop
    • Can add notes about a location
    • Share — need to clarify if Google Classroom syncs with this automatically instead of having to re-enter student information each time; not a collaborative tour building tool, but you can copy the map for someone else to work on
  • Storytelling with Timelapse
    • Not as high resolution images
    • 1 pixel = 30 meters
    • better for large scale changes like glacier change, deforestation, etc
    • Time magazine article
    • Earth Timelapse
    • Tour Editor
    • Virginia-based examples Nassawadox, Cobb Island, Hog Island (John Porter @ UVA)
  • My Maps vs Google Earth
    • GE has Street View but My Maps does not


  • journey map of a liaison librarian, student, faculty member, etc
  • map the nursing students in the research study across locations
  • possibly map nursing research data with survey/interview notes by location
  • conference town mapping (Staunton Google Earth = 2015, Street View = 2012)

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