Edubloggercon 2007 Google Earth Session

This branched out into Google Maps, Sketchup and even Swivel. I heard about some great projects being done by 4th and 5th graders using sketchup to create Incan (or Mayan?) ruins and then putting them in Google Earth. I’m really interested in seeing the examples but don’t have a link yet.

The most interesting part of the discussion to me was a reminder of the googlelookup function in Google spreadsheets. You can use it to look up latitude/longitude coordinates for cities it appears and the use it to create an xml file. The cool thing to do would be to generate that data, the city’s population, avg. temp etc. (whatever interesting data you can pull through lookup or manually) and then push it to Swivel. And then, and then, and then you embed the Swivel data in the info window for each city. It’s sad how exciting that seems to me.

Besides that I got some good links to look at later which are posted in del.icio.us if you’re interested.

Comments on this post

  1. Mrs Durff said on June 24, 2007 at 10:39 am

    Never heard of Swivel – thanks! I saved in a lot of delicious accounts….

  2. Tom said on June 24, 2007 at 12:20 pm

    Mrs. Durff,

    Glad it was useful to you. I love how easy it is and how many things you can do with it.

    My goal for next week is to make up a proof of concept page using googlelookup/spreadsheets to create the kml file and get the data for swivel to put in the point’s info windows. Which sounds a lot harder than I think it will be.

    Enjoy the conference,

    Tom

  3. Regina said on July 4, 2007 at 1:39 am

    I’m trying to wrap my brain around this. It sounds cool but I can’t quite figure it out. I was unaware of the googlelookup function and had never heard of Swivel either. If you do indeed do that proof of concept, please share it here. I would really like to use this with my high school students next year.

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