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Google Earth Lessons Blog » Quick notes…

Google Earth Lessons Blog

An Educational Resource for Teachers

Quick notes…

Filed under: General — GELessons Blog Admin at 1:43 am on Thursday, December 13, 2007

The number of applications that allow photos to be geo-tagged (have their longitude and latitude location encoded right into the secret code area that most people have no idea is there) is really becoming mainstream. The nice thing is that not only are they encoding the location, but the programs output GoogleEarth and Google Maps compatible files in a smooth, easy work flow. A couple of nice free ones that are really easy to use include GeoSetter and JetPhoto Studio.

GeoSetter is a work in progress, but what progress! Not only does it geotag photos, but it will read your USB GPS devise and merge the tracks, waypoints, etc. with the  image locations. Windows only, multi-language, 100% free, can be downloaded as a .zip so you don’t need administrative rights on your school computer to install it.

JetPhoto Studio is a sweet little program too, running under both Windows and Mac OSX. It is more tease-ware than freeware though as it will only allow you a limited number of GoogleEarth exports (15 collections can be tagged and exported before you have to pay the $25 Pro price). It has a really nice interface that the kids would have no trouble with.

Thanks to Frank Taylor over at the GoogleEarth Blog for keeping up a great site, today he had a blog entry about time animated Earthquakes and earlier had a great link to a Google Education in the UK which has put together a pile of wonderful lessons that can be used with GoogleEarth. Time permitting I will try to link them all in on the lessons page.

My latest fun thing to work with the kids on is not GoogleEarth related though, it is Scratch. Even the 7 year olds are starting to create neat content during their explorations. Sooner or later I will see if I can fuse GoogleEarth and Scratch. Might be a tough one since Scratch is Java and GoogleEarth is Flash, but there is a seed of an idea there that is waiting to bloom.

David

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