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Google’s Amazon Rainforest Street View Is Ready For You To Explore

Google’s Amazon Rainforest Street View Is Ready For You To Explore | Geography Education | Scoop.it

"Back in August, Google announced that it was teaming up with nonprofit Foundation for a Sustainable Amazon to map a small section of the massive Rio Negro river (tributary of the Amazon) near Manaus."  Virtual field trip, here we come!


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What can you do with geography?

We all know that geography is important; but what can you do with it? As students across the country prepare for the 2012 National Geographic Bee, we've expl...

 

This is essentially a commerical for Google Earth, but don't let that overshadow the overriding message of the essential nature of geography in education and the usefulness of geographic and spatial analysis on the job market. 

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Google Earth Teach geteach.com

Google Earth Teach geteach.com | Geography Education | Scoop.it
Free site dedicated to help teachers educate and engage students using Google Earth...

 

This is a phenomenal site, designed by an AP teacher to bring geospatial technologies into the classroom in a way that is incredibly user-friendly.  This site allows you to use Google Earth with clickable layers.  With multiple data layers of physical and human geography variables, this interactive globe puts spatial information in powerful, yet fun, student-inspired platform.  The video tutorial can be found at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUei7bth0MY

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Stratocam: Google Earth Imagery

Stratocam: Google Earth Imagery | Geography Education | Scoop.it
Explore and vote on the best Google Maps satellite imagery around the world.

 

Much like sites that you can rate items up or down, you can rate the best aerial photography via Google Earth screen shots.  There are some beautiful images and places to be discovered through this site.  The physical and human landscapes are both intermingled in this fantastic collection of images...be careful, it can be amazingly addictive.  Users can take there own screenshots to be included in the gallery, making this a user-based, participatory project.  For more from the producer of this site, see: http://paulrademacher.com

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Undiscovered Possibilities - Google Earth

"While Germans tend to talk about privacy and how the internet takes away our freedom, chief Almir of the Surui tribe in Brazil came up with an idea when he first came in contact with Google Earth. He saw it as a great tool to visualize the devastation of the rainforest. With the help of Google providing the knowledge and equipment he started the project and provided an unfiltered perspective never seen before. This is a growing project on a growing problem that should matter to all of us. It’s never a service or product itself that matters; it’s what you do with it. Check the video and see for yourself."

Globalization inherently brings serendipitous juxtapositions. In this clip we see the merger of geospatial technologies to protect indigenous cultures and their cultural ecology.

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Amy Marques's curator insight, January 29, 2014 11:03 PM

This is a great example that shows the positive and negative effects of globalization. The negative effects is that the chief Almir and the Surui tribe have changed from their original roots through contact with the outside world. Their language and clothing has been altered because we see the cheif speaking brazilian portugese and the tribe wearing western clothing. The positive aspect is that they are trying to protect their ancient rain forests by using the benefits of globalization. I think its great that Google is helping this tribe, of course Google is getting tons of recognition for this, but they are doing wonders for this group of people. With the technology provided the tribe will be able to be put on the map and educate its group.

chris tobin's curator insight, February 6, 2014 11:12 AM

this will help protect the forest and decrease deforestation hopefully, also protecting global climate and environment.   How does this affect the large companies in paper mills, timber and especially the specialty tree plantations.........roads cutting through the rainforest ......wildlife........

Michael Amberg's curator insight, March 23, 2015 10:54 PM

This is an interesting way to educate people around the world of the places that most people don't think about. its interesting to see the technology with the tribes people to see how it actually benefits their folk culture by preserving the land.

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Costa Concordia

Do you use Google Earth in the classroom?  This video, still images and downloadable KML files are available at the Google Earth Blog: http://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2012/01/satellite_imagery_of_the_cruise_shi.html

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Explore your world with Google Maps

Yeah it's a commercial, but the 3 demensional aspects of space that it portrays is quite innovative.   


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Google Earth Map Quiz w/ArcGIS

Google Earth Map Quiz w/ArcGIS | Geography Education | Scoop.it

This is an incredible combination of geospatial technologies to create a masterful Geography Education resource.  This quiz has the advantages of being able to pan and zoom, while at the same maintains the benefits of a static presentation (the instructions, and question prompts stay in the same size and in the same location on the screen).  For a static version of the same quiz (if you don't have internet available where you are presenting) see: http://www.arcgis.com/home/webmap/presentation.html?webmap=f95d562571d740a6840254ee53ae3024 

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Google Earth Timeline

Google Earth Timeline | Geography Education | Scoop.it

Google Earth's Timeline, if you haven't discovered that feature will allow you to compare and contrast imagery from an area from the present 2010/11 to 1993-1995 images.  Click the 'clock' button and a timeline that you can slide to the past appears.  Nice historical possibilities with this option.   

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Matthew Rowland's curator insight, April 18, 2013 12:35 AM

 cool feature to google Earth... Too bad it can't go further back than 1995

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Where in the World? A Google Earth Puzzle

Where in the World? A Google Earth Puzzle | Geography Education | Scoop.it

I've posted one of these before, but this Google Earth puzzle comes with multiple choice options and instant feedback.  Looking at the world via Google Earth offers striking images of the diversity of our planet and the impact that humans have had on it. This multiple-choice puzzle based on 25 Google Earth images is part 2 of a series (part 1 doesn't have the multiple choice options).


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Google Earth spots unidentified structures in Gobi desert

Google Earth spots unidentified structures in Gobi desert | Geography Education | Scoop.it

"Vast, unidentified, structures have been spotted by satellites in the barren Gobi desert, raising questions about what China might be building in a region it uses for its military, space and nuclear programs."

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Google Maps "Real-Time"

Google Maps "Real-Time" | Geography Education | Scoop.it

This doesn't exist, but as we image geospatial technologies of the future, this is a glimpse into what real-time satellite imagery streaming could potentially look like (I understand some of the technical hurdles, this is sci-fi). This still image is a sorry visual approximation for this dynamic visual rendering; follow the link for the video version of this imaged, futuristic landscape. 

 

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Dania's comment, November 12, 2011 8:21 PM
This future google maps “real-time” application will be very interesting because it will convenience for my thing however in the other side it will be a violation of private. Insurance companies could use it against you or for you defend, the same in the case of FBI or other state office or government Issues. Everyone will uncover and public to everyone. It is something to think about it.
Seth Dixon's comment, November 12, 2011 10:27 PM
While I don't think we are anywhere near the satellite coverage to mimic millions of video cameras simultaneously filming earth at high resolution, it is fun to imagine the possibilities. Yet it is also a big concern depending on who could potentially access this data.
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Google Maps Mania: The Google Earth Clock

Google Maps Mania: The Google Earth Clock | Geography Education | Scoop.it

This excellent geography blog will link you in to wonderful geospatial tidbits.  This particular post links you to an interactive Google Earth Clock (a still shot is displayed), in addition to a Google Earth Typewriter.  Geospatial technologies can provide entertainment with an artistic flair.  

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Google Lit Trips

Google Lit Trips | Geography Education | Scoop.it

Google Earth is a great teaching tool for geographers, but it is also a way to bring geography and spatial thinking to other disciplines.  Google Lit Trips marks the journeys that take place in literature (both fiction and non-fiction) all the more real by mapping out the movements as a KML file that can be viewed in Google Earth.  By embedding pictures, websites, videos and text into the path, this becomes an incredibly interactive resource for teachers of all levels.

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Robin Manning's comment, May 3, 2012 6:02 PM
I make my students do one of these for their Spring Book Project - very fun.
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Video tutorial: How to use geteach.com

This provies the basic overview of the layout and function of http://geteach.com .  The video unlocks some great features that are not intended to be hidden, but many first time visitors tend to miss.

 

This is a phenomenal site, designed by an AP teacher to bring geospatial technologies into the classroom in a way that is incredibly user-friendly. This site allows you to use Google Earth with clickable layers. With multiple data layers of physical and human geography variables, this interactive globe puts spatial information in powerful, yet fun, student-inspired platform.

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10 Places You're Not Allowed to See on Google Maps

10 Places You're Not Allowed to See on Google Maps | Geography Education | Scoop.it
Google maps brings the world to your desktop - well, most of it, anyway. Here are 10 locations that governments and other entities have blurred or removed from satellite photos.

 

A user of geospatial technologies is not free to explore all places of the Earth with equal levels of specificity. Why?  Where?  How come?

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Anhony DeSimone's curator insight, December 18, 2013 9:15 PM

although we like to think that we are able to go anywhere on the world wide web some locations are off limits. Google Earth allows us to see place we have never been. However, some place are not available for us to see due to security reasons. Google Earth has restricted the public to view certain images of locations.

Luke Walker's curator insight, October 3, 2014 3:50 AM

The geographic context surrounding some locations is highly restricted.

What does this censorship tell you? 

It's not always political, some areas of resource extraction have been blurred too.

Rich Schultz's curator insight, November 19, 2014 1:29 PM

Pretty cool stuff...

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Google Earth in China

Google Earth in China | Geography Education | Scoop.it

This gallery of Google Earth Screen shots primarily from Yunnan Province in Southern China (bordering Vietnam and Burma) brings some keen spatial analysis to those unfamiliar with the region.  This is also a great example of using geospatial technologies to interpret the cultural landscape--the merger of 'people and pixels' as the textbook of the same name encourages with classrooms.  While the quality of this work is above what would be expected of students, a Google Earth project designed to get students to reassess the spatial dynamics within their neighborhood or home state could lead some fantastic projects. 

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Jessica Rieman's curator insight, April 23, 2014 4:44 PM

In this description followed by images there are all types of vintage points in order to show a clear image of where in relation a time and place a certain society/ country is and to give some background info on what you are looking at by seeing it in multiple images.

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Google Earth 6.2: A Seamless Globe

Google Earth 6.2: A Seamless Globe | Geography Education | Scoop.it
Google just launched a major update for Google Earth. The program now offers one seamless image of the globe instead of a patchwork of separate images that...

 

The patchwork quilt look in geospatial fashion is so 2011. 

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Google Earth as Geospatial Surreal Art

"[Google Earth's] mostly automated system sometimes produces unexpected and wonderful artifacts. The bridges in this video are glitches that occur when the 2d satellite imagery and 3d terrain don’t line up quite right, or structures such as bridges are projected down onto the terrain below, creating fabulous and unintentional distortions. These images are like funhouse mirrors – strange illusions and reflections of the real." -Clement Valla 

For still images, see: http://clementvalla.com/category/work/google-earth-sites/

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Bible Geocoding - Bible Maps in Google Earth

Bible Geocoding - Bible Maps in Google Earth | Geography Education | Scoop.it

"The location of every identifiable place mentioned in the Bible."

 

I understand that this may have limited applications for you in public classroom settings, however this is such a fantastic example of how to use geospatial technologies to recreate and understand historical geographies, I had to share.  You can preview the data by book and chapter, download the numerous KMZ files to open in Google Earth, or preview them in Google Maps.  Also, various overlays and geotagged photos are available on this impressive website.     

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Jeremy Brousseau's comment, January 30, 2012 2:14 PM
Interesting. Biblical history encompasses such a large number of people the world over, it's great to be able to SEE these events occured.
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Using Google Earth in the classroom

Using Google Earth in the classroom | Geography Education | Scoop.it
Amazing things about Google Earth - news, features, tips, technology, and applications...

 

This blog post will link you to numerous educational uses for Google Earth, including "GIS-like" overlays.  This is a great resource that can be adapted for various grade levels. 

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Spatial Thinking and Exploration with Google Earth

Geospatial technologies allow people to view phenomenon never before seen in remote places.  How does this type of exploration promote spatial thinking?  Why does scale matter in this analysis?   

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Google Earth Lessons

Google Earth Lessons | Geography Education | Scoop.it
A free Resource for Teachers who use Google Earth. Providing everything from lesson ideas to complete lesson plans for both single computer classrooms to full computer labs.

 

If you were thinking about using Google Earth, but not sure how to get started, consider this your starting point.  You will find tutorials, sample data sets, lesson plans, etc.  Very well put together and incredibly helpful. 


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Google Search reveals religious biases/ stereotypes

Google Search reveals religious biases/ stereotypes | Geography Education | Scoop.it

Not saying that Google Search itself is biased, but that it can reveal the bias of internet users and all of the "information" posted online.  Within the proper context, seeing potential searches can be very informative about cultural perceptions, online communities and prejudices.   Be cautious and judicious in how (or if) you use this within a classroom setting.   See comments for additional results of additional "religious" searches. 

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Seth Dixon's comment, November 13, 2011 2:48 PM
For the search "why are mormons so..." the results were 1) nice 2) happy and 3)rich.
Seth Dixon's comment, November 13, 2011 3:40 PM
For the search "Why are atheists so..." the results were 1) angry 2) hated and 3) mean.
Seth Dixon's comment, November 13, 2011 3:43 PM
For the search "Why are Hindus so..." the results were 1) afraid of Muslims 2) angry with Avatar 3) cheap and 4) smart.
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GeoChalkboard: Bringing Data to Life with Google Fusion Tables

GeoChalkboard: Bringing Data to Life with Google Fusion Tables | Geography Education | Scoop.it

"Google Fusion Tables is an excellent way to create and share visualizations of data in map, chart, and tabular formats. Today we’re starting a new series of blog posts designed to get you up to speed with using this fantastic platform. We’ll also be releasing a free e-learning course called Bringing Data to Life with Google Fusion Tables to all our newsletter subscribers."

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Kim Vignale's comment, November 3, 2011 4:31 PM
Google Fusion Tables can assist many professionals with pinpoint certain areas on the map. It can help city planners build structures within the city in a safe and efficient way. It can pinpoint areas that are most affected by disaster such as hurricanes and wildfires. It can be visually appealing for an average person trying to read the map.
GIS student's comment, November 3, 2011 4:32 PM
I feel that this an excellent way to understand GIS represented data to those who are not as familiar with GIS systems. It also appears to be a quick and useful tool to any member of society that needs to demonstrate any sort of representational data.
Dania's comment, November 3, 2011 4:33 PM
I don't know what I'm doing but I did this is relating to the numbers of building permits of 2010 for the city of Austin. It includes location and progress of the city.