Google Earth on web digital skills progression

Google Earth digital skills progression

This is an initial attempt at a ‘Google Earth on Web digital skills progression’.

The skills are not intended to be sequential. It is more about identifying the skills we expect students to join the secondary school with, the skills we will develop with them in the first three years of secondary school and then what we expect them to have mastered by the end of their fifth year.

Feedback gratefully received – Ecolint staff via email, others via Twitter @richardallaway or @digitaltech_edu.

Foundation [skills that can be expected from students joining Year 7]

SkillHint
Look (Search) for a specific placeUsing the search tool on the left hand side toolbar.
Turn on latitude & longitude gridlinesLeft hand side toolbar → Map Style → Turn on Gridlines.
Move around / Zoom in and outTry using both a mouse/trackpad/touchscreen and the keyboard shortcuts (cursor keys / Page Up and Page Down / Fn + cursor keys).
Change view from 2D (from above) to 3DUsing either the button in the bottom right hand corner of the screen or the keyboard shortcut.

Year 7 to 9 [all student by the end of Year 9]

SkillHint
Show (and use) keyboard shortcutsShift + ?
Explore using Voyager and LayersAccessed from the left hand toolbar.
Measure distances and areaUse the tool from the left hand toolbar.
Share a location with someone (using the URL)Copy the URL from the Chrome omnibox and then share via email or similar.
Use keyboard shortcut to: Rotate the 3D scene + Rotate the cameraEasiest way to remember is to check the keyboard shortcut aide memoire with Shift + ?
Use keyboard shortcut to: return to north-facing view and top down viewEasiest way to remember is to check the keyboard shortcut aide memoire with Shift + ?
Turn on and off 3D imageryThis can useful to speed up a slow connection and see more recent imagery.
Explore locations using Google Street View with Google EarthDrag Pegman from the tools in the bottom left hand corner of the screen onto the map – where the map turns blue.
Use Google Earth on a tablet or mobile deviceThe experience on tablet/mobile should be very similar to use on a laptop/desktop. Projects can not be created/edited on tablets/mobile.
Create a new Google Earth Project (with an appropriate name)Start at the Projects button in the left hand toolbar.
Add a placemark (location) to a Project – from a searchSearch for a location and then click on ‘Add to Project’ from the knowledge card.
Add a placemark (location) to a Project – using the ‘Add placemark’ buttonBottom left hand corner of the screen.
Share a Project with a viewerLeft hand side toolbar → Projects → New Project
Open and explore a Project produced by someone elseShared via Google Drive or a link in an email / on a website.
Rearrange the order of features within a ProjectOpen the Project → Edit Project (Pen icon) → hover over a placemark and then click on and drag the two horizontal lines.
Change the name of a placemarkOpen the Project → Edit Project (Pen icon) → hover over a placemark → Edit feature (Pen icon).
Add images and video clips to a placemark in a ProjectThe top box when editing a placemark.
Add and format a small or large info box to a placemarkPossible when editing a placemark.
Change/format a placemark iconPossible when editing a placemark.
‘Capture this view’ to be displayed when a placemark is visitedWhen editing a placemark – set the scene you want associated – then click ‘Capture this view’.
Add Google Street View / Photospheres to a ProjectWhen editing a placemark – set the scene you want associated – then click ‘Capture this view’.

Mastery [most students by the end of Year 11]

Change units of measurement / Latitude & Longitude formattingLeft hand side toolbar → Settings.
Interpret the altitude and coordinates of the current viewLook at the bottom right hand corner of the screen.
Draw a line or shape (to be added to a Project)Useful for highlighting an area or showing a path/flow.
Add a ‘Fullscreen slide’ to add structure to a ProjectUseful for adding structure to a project. Edit a placemark → New Feature.
Collaborate with others to produce a ProjectClick on a Project and then look for the ‘Sharing’ icon at the top of the pane.
Present (to an audience) using a Google Earth ProjectClick on a Project → Present.
Duplicate a ProjectClick on a Project → click on the three dots → Copy Project.