Google Maps Street View
Another pretty amazing option in Google Maps. You now have the “street view” option in addition to map, satellite and hybrid views.
This view appears to be a real street level view of the city’s streets that you can advance incrementally (using the arrows you see). Talk about a great way to give your students a view of a particular novel or historical location. It appears to be just major cities right now but it’s pretty impressive.
Manuel, the young shrimp-picker, five years old, and a mountain of child-labor oyster shells behind him. He worked last year. Understands not a word of English. Dunbar, Lopez, Dukate Company. Location: Biloxi, Mississippi. (LOC) flickr photo by The Library of Congress shared with no copyright restriction (Flickr Commons) While I don’t want our five year olds being put to work, I can’t help but think we treat them terribly in the other direction. Anyway, on with the show/boring tutorial-ish thing . . . I had a site we used for the Great VCU Bike Race course that’s been sitting around. I knew it had lat/lng data for lots of urban bicycle related posts. My goal was to get it into Google Maps via the REST API. Get Custom Field in JSON By default you won’t see custom field data in your JSON endpoints. There are some plugins to make that happen but I wanted to take a stab at doing it myself. Given the documentation, it was pretty trivial.That means I didn’t white screen the test site or get critical errors on my first attempt. The code below in a plugin or the function.php file would make the lat_long custom field show up in the post JSON. Using this URL, I can get the 30 most recent posts.It’s important to […]
flickr photo shared by cogdogblog under a Creative Commons ( BY ) license Because I still read the posts from the good people over at HCPS I came across Doug’s post on a script that Michael Price wrote. The script sets up a form that lets anyone upload a file to a Google Folder.There’s also the potential to use it like a Google Driven Piratebox. It intrigued me so when one of our professors was asking about allowing students to upload raw video for other students to use, I figured I’d check this out as a solution. You can/should get the basics from the video that’s in the post above. I made a few alterations based on our particular needs. One, I wanted the folder to be viewable by anyone so they could get the files easily. I could have set the sharing permissions after the creation of the file by hand but . . . I didn’t want to.Computers should enable me to be lazier in the long run. I also wanted to tighten up the connection between submission and being able to see all the results. It turns out you can’t currently iframe any of this without drama so I included a link to the folder after the submission and demo’d using the Google Folder WordPress plugin I […]