Workshop for California Academy of Sciences, Education Department

This website is for the participants of the workshop for the Education Department of the California Academy of Sciences, held on December 11th in at Google in Mountain View, CA.

Important Websites

Helpful Workshop Content

    • Interactive KML Samples (under development!): click here
    • Google Earth & Maps Examples:

    Google Earth examples
    These Google Earth KML files can be opened and explored using Google Earth (download here, if necessary).
    All of the following examples, as well as many others, can be found at the Google Earth Outreach Showcase or the Google Earth Gallery.

    Google Maps examples
    These Google Maps examples can be visited and explored using any Internet browser, such as Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, or Internet Explorer. They are 2-dimensional applications using Google Maps API.
      • Mapplet of Myanmar roads: Click here
        5-day mapping effort by Google following Cyclone Nargis, in an effort to help aid workers find roads to use as evacuation routes. 
    Google Earth Plug-in for the Browser examples
    These Google Earth Plug-in examples can be visited and explored using any Internet browser, such as Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer. They are 3-dimensional applications using Google Earth API.
    Q: If we create a KMZ in Google Earth, can we use it in a Plug-in?
    A: Yes and No.  Google Earth Plug-in doesn't work with all KML code, such as Time Animation.  If your KML is simple, then you can just plug it into the Earth Plugin using GGeoXml tag. (more coming soon...)

    Q: If a teacher or student creates a KMZ on Google Earth, how do they save it and/or email it so they can go back to it over time?
    A: You can save KML files from Google Earth and then add it as an attachment.  To save, select the folder you want to save, and go to File menu > Save As... or right-click and choose Save As... and save as a KMZ file.  Then attach it to an email.  Likewise, you can right-click and choose Email... or click the Email icon from the toolbar.

    Q: How do you set how high you go between placemarks in a tour?
    A: You can set "faux" placemarks in a tour, and set the Snapshot View at a very high range (or altitude), and then un-check that placemark in the Places Panel (can also make it a "No Icon" and make the icon and label 0% opacity/100% transparency), so that the user doesn't see the icon, but it does play on the tour.