GE Activity

Google Earth Activity Step-Guide

WORKING WITH PLACEMARKS - Requires the pre-installation of Google Earth.

WORK WITH A PARTNER NEXT TO YOU


ADDING TEXT, LINKS & IMAGES

 

SETUP

1. Download and open the "THE WHITE HOUSE.KMZ" file attached to the bottom of the Google Earth page..

 

2, In Google Earth's sidebar, UNCHECK:

  • MY PLACES in the PLACES section
  • PRIMARY DATABASE in the LAYERS section

3. In the PLACES section, scroll down to TEMPORARY PLACES

 

4. CHECK the folder named "THE WHITE HOUSE"


5. OPEN the "THE WHITE HOUSE" folder by clicking the triangle (Mac) or the "+" sign (PC)

 

CREATING A BASIC PLACEMARK

1. Check the box to the left of:"1 The White House"

 

2. OPEN DESCRIPTION BOX

  • MAC: Right Click ((Control + click) on the YELLOW PUSH PIN and select GET INFO
  • PC: Right Click on the YELLOW PUSH PIN and select PROPERTIES
  • Move the YELLOW PUSH PIN so that it is on the side walk in FRONT of the White House (Above the White House in the Google Earth Window)

3. TYPE SOME TEXT

  • Learn some fun facts about the White House at:
  • COPY the URL for LINK: http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/white-house-101/fun-facts
  • PASTE the URL after the semi-colon in the sentence you just typed
  • Hit the RETURN (ENTER) key
    • TIP: This is only to make it easier to see your html code!
  • Type <P> (This is the html code for a paragraph return!)

4. ADD AN IMAGE

  • Set your cursor in front of the word "Learn" 
  • Copy and Paste the HTML CODE FOR IMAGE 
  • Hit the RETURN (ENTER) key
    • TIP: This is only to make it easier to see your html code!
  • Type <P> (This is the html code for a paragraph return!)
  • Replace the letters URL in the code with the URL FOR IMAGE

5. CHANGE THE PLACEMARK ICON

  • Click the YELLOW PUSH PIN
    • TIP: BUT Don't do this > You could simply select one of these alternate placemarks and then click OKAY, but don't do that!
  • Click Add Custom Icon... in the bottom left corner of the window
  • In the window that appears copy and paste the URL FOR PLACE MARK
  • Click OK to close this window
  • Delete all of the Text between <!--- and xx-->
  • Click OK to Close Description Box

TAKE A TEST DRIVE!

  • Use the ZOOM SLIDER to Zoom out until you can see the entire globe
  • Give Google Earth a big Spin
  • Double Click on the icon for this place marker to fly to location.
  • Single Click on the blue text label for this place marker to see the contents.

ADJUSTING THE VIEW

 

Whether this is hands-on or demo depends upon available time

 

1. UNCHECK the box to the left of "1 The White House"

 

2. CHECK the box to the left of:"2 The White House" 

 

3. Grab the N(orth) on the compass in the upper right corner of the screen and carefully drag it around the compass until it is at the bottom where south usually is on a compass. 

Before letting go of the mouse button drag slightly away from the compass.

 

4. In LAYERS, check the boxes labeled 3D BUILDINGS and TERRAIN

 

SUPER QUICK DEMO OF NAVIGATION CONTROLS

 

THE CHALLENGE!

 

In 3 minutes, use the TILT, PAN, and ZOOM to try to change the view to match this view as close as you can.

 

 

5. OPEN DESCRIPTION BOX

  • MAC: Right Click ((Control + click) on the YELLOW PUSH PIN and select GET INFO
  • PC: Right Click on the YELLOW PUSH PIN and select PROPERTIES
  • Move the YELLOW PUSH PIN so that it is on the side walk in FRONT of the White House (Above the White House in the Google Earth Window)

6. Click VIEW TAB

 

7. Click SNAPSHOT CURRENT VIEW

 

8. Click OK to Close Description Box

 

TAKE A TEST DRIVE!

  • Use the ZOOM SLIDER to Zoom out until you can see the entire globe
  • Give Google Earth a big Spin
  • Double Click on the icon for this place marker to fly to location.
  • Single Click on the blue text label for this place marker to see the contents.

 

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