Tuesday, February 3, 2009
I was VERY excited to see the release of Google Earth 5.0! I had to get it downloaded on my "teacher" computer at school ASAP. Once I had it installed an began exploring, underwater of course, I had to call over a fellow teacher and scuba diver. We agreed that we had logged our first dive at CSE!
Tonight I managed to get it installed on my laptop and to do some more exploring. Using my screen capture, y photo today was taken just east of one of my favorite dive sites - Sting Ray City in Grand Cayman. You can see some of the underwater topography and the waves lapping overhead.
So what have our friends at Google improved this time? As for the ocean layer, there are some great resources. Not only can you dive under the surface, but you can add photos to dive sites, watch videos, visit live blogs, and more. Another great feature that I like is the historical imagery. You are able to see the changes a location has undergone over time. Our house is still not on the map, but it was fun to see what the subdivision looked like before the golf course and houses. Finally, I'm looking forward to trying the recording feature. This allows you to record a tour for others to take.
The one downfall of all these changes...I have figure it all out so I can share it with our students and teachers. A great example for students that you are always learning, no matter how "old" you are.
If you are interested in checking out the Google Earth 5.0, here's the link. Enjoy!!