Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Follow current events in Google Earth

Have you noticed how often both local and national television news relies on Google Earth to zoom in on the location of a story? Well now we can do the same thing in the classroom to follow current events.

In his Google Earth Blog, Frank Taylor pointed out a new real time news layer in Google Earth from the New York Times. This layer opens automatically-- no need to download a KML file-- provided you've turned on the "Geographic Web" layer. Frank also referenced one of his earlier blog posts about CBS News providing an RSS feed of a KML file that can be saved in Google Earth. Check out the picture: there are recognizable icons for both organizations. Clicking one opens up a "bubble" like the one shown here.

Near the bottom of the list you'll find the Google Earth feed along with instructions on how to use it.

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