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Filed under: General — GELessons Blog Admin at 11:50 am on Saturday, May 6, 2006

For some reason it seems like it has been a long time (10 days) since I added anything new to the site. School has been overly hectic as we begin our end-of-the-year sprint at our school and it hasn’t allowed me the development time needed to really work on the site. But I actually have been working on it in the spare minutes I can grab.

The big thing coming is a new Nifty Trick which I have entitled ‘MultiNeatia’ where it tells all sorts of tricks and tips for including Multimedia in your Google Earth Lessons. That is the problem too. The topic is very dense with so many variables that it is taking forever to work all the bugs out and figuring out how to present the material in a way that will make sense to non-techno teachers.

To give you an idea of what it involves:

Using audio clips for ambient background sounds (I have one that has the sounds of chainsaws as you zoom in on the Amazon rainforest), topic narration, etc.

Using video clips for Virtual Field Trips (many thanks to Karen Seddon of the Discovery Education Network for some great ideas!)

Virtual Reality environments inside Google Earth. Interactive Flash Lessons, etc.

And the one that has gobbled up the most time, getting Microsoft Office integrated into Google Earth so that you or your students can run a PowerPoint presentation with videos, placemark links, internet links, etc. all within the main Google Earth window, or have a Word document load in Google Earth so the students can fill in digital worksheets or quizes all while they navigate the globe.

There are so many variables, so many options, so many potential problems and so little time that it seems like I’m not getting anywhere with this one. But, stay tuned, it will get done :-)

David

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