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- Dr. Laura Guertin - Faculty Fellow and Associate Professor of Earth Sciences
- Chris Stubbs - ETS Project Lead
- Chris Millet
- TK Lee
- develop several CYOA style educational stories that Laura can use in her courses during the 2010-11 academic year and beyond
- develop a template/ training materials/ resource guide so that students or other faculty interested in creating their own CYOA style story can do so with minimal technical knowledge
- Explore the use of the Google Earth CYOA stories on mobile devices
- Develop research and assessment plan
- a standing conference call has been scheduled every Tuesday, 10-11am from June 8th to August 3rd.
- Laura will be visiting University Park June 14, July 14
- two to three templates designed to facilitate student or faculty generated choose your own adventure stories (1 for online use, 1 for use on mobile devices, and possibly one for use with Google Earth)
- create 2-3 sample stories for use with the templates described above.
Current To Dos
- Explore opening up Blogs to allow for more space for Google Earth
Pull together honors college and geoblogging posts around the idea of themed blogging and forward them to LauraDone.
- Brainstorm questions for pre/post survey (everyone)
- Document the how tos
Send Laura the link to the google earth browser plugin. She will need to have it installed on Brandywine lab computers.Update: Link sent - it appears that it can be installed on a user by user basis, even on lab machines.
Add in navigation (zoom sliders and rotational tool) tools to the GeoWhiz game
- Add layers country/ state boundary layers to the GeoWhiz gmae
- Import Laura's students into course blog
- Import Laura's location into GeoWhiz game
- Tie GeoWhiz game to PSU authentication
- Setup geowhiz game to email Laura results
- Test pulling Kaltura into the blog using only audio files
- Test pulling Kaltua into the Google Earth using only audio files
Ideas and Meeting Notes
- Use of YouTube (digital video) for CYOA. See Chad Matt and Rob's "The Time Machine" for an example
- Use of "Inform" for as a tool for interactive fiction? Less structured, more interactive than traditional CYOA?
- KML configurations
- Google Earth API
- One of the items perhaps we could do that could be "fun" is to have a jeep move between these sites - I have played with the monster milktruck, but I don't know if/how to create our own vehicle or if it can be embedded.
- Gigapan system allows a user to take a panoramic photo that can uploaded and used by others. In addition, the panorama will appear in one of the Google Earth layers (see Gallery --> Gigapan Photos). Currently, there are no images in or around Philadelphia. It would be great to do some outside shots, especially in the state and national parks in the area, to tie into some sort of "where are you" adventure.
- HTML support seems to only support display: forms don't work. iframe works. scripts don't work (need to confirm; tested "alert" and it didn't work).
- KMZ is a zipped KML (multimedia file can be packaged into KMZ). See this tutorial.
- We can specify a place mark within a KML file by using #place_mark_id as the URL.
Each place mark has a unique ID that looks like this in the KML: <Placemark id="p1"> To link to those place mark within the same KML, use <a href="#p1">Link to place mark1</a>
Video tutorials save instruction time
Perhaps we can compile a page (that contains video) to walk students through the basics so instead of spending one class on the technical details, this can be one homework assignment -- tell students to go through the tutorial and create a simple KMZ file that annotates places meaningful to them.
- Basic use
- Intermediate use:
- Advanced use:
- Expert use:
- SketchUp allows user to create their own 3D objects
Spreadsheet mapper makes it easy to quickly build a map by filling out content info (names, location names, coordinates, image URL) and style preferences (font color, size, etc.). This tutorial shows how to start doing so. Note that since Google is constantly update their Spreadsheet app, there is one incompatibility problem; to get around that, switch to Old Version of Google Spreadsheet before copying the link into Google Earth!
Note that when pasting the reference into a folder under MY PLACES in Google Earth, we get a folder called "Link to - Spreadsheet", under which we get a folder, say it's called "TK KML doc name", that contains the real content we created in the spreadsheet. If you right click on the "Link to - spreadsheet" folder and save it as a KML file, what you get is only a reference online; if you make any modification to your local copy, you need to save "TK KML doc name" as a KML file; otherwise, you will lose the changes you make. In the example shown in the picture, right click on "TK KML doc name" folder to save it as KML, not the "Link to - Spreadsheet" folder.
It should be obvious that that whenever you REFRESH "Link to - Spreadsheet" folder, all the contents will copy from the online version again; therefore, you may consider dragging "TK KML doc name" folder outside of "Link to - Spreadsheet".
Embedding Slideshows Using Picasa
Click one of the images below to see a larger version. Key links are highlighted in a red box.
- Updates made to the Spreadsheet mapper seem to take varying amounts of time to take effect in Google Earth. Changing the template of content in the placemark data sheet has been found to take up to 5 minutes (even with multiple refreshes and closing/ reopening Google Earth)
- In the current version of the Spreadsheet Mapper (v2.0) the majority of the 6 out of the box template have trouble handling the embedded slideshow content from Picasa. It appears that these templates place the embed code in the middle of the table code needed to create the table. The slideshow will not display properly, and you will notice a trailing 'width' tag next to where the slideshow should appear. Templates 1,2,6 appear to have the problem confirmed. Template 3 appears to work normally.
Google Earth Notes
The following is no longer relevant thanks to the use of the Spreadsheet Mapper tool. Not being deleted (just in case)
Adding Google Earth to Your Blog
- Add the following code to the archive template titled "Entry" (Design --> Templates)
<script src="http://www.gmodules.com/ig/ifr?url=http://code.google.com/apis/kml/embed/embedkmlgadget.xml&up_kml_url=<$mt:AssetURL encode_html $>&up_view_mode=earth&up_earth_2d_fallback=1&up_earth_fly_from_space=1&up_earth_show_nav_controls=1&up_earth_show_buildings=1&up_earth_show_terrain=1&up_earth_show_roads=1&up_earth_show_borders=1&up_earth_sphere=earth&up_maps_zoom_out=0&up_maps_default_type=satellite&synd=open&w=500&h=400&title=&border=%23ffffff%7C3px%2C1px+solid+%23999999&output=js"></script>
- Add the following code to the Entry Summary Template (Design --> Template). The code should be added right after the <$mt:EntryBody$> tag
<mt:EntryAssets file ext="kmz kml" sort_by="created_on"> <script src="http://www.gmodules.com/ig/ifr?url=http://code.google.com/apis/kml/embed/embedkmlgadget.xml&up_kml_url=<$mt:AssetURL encode_html $>&up_view_mode=earth&up_earth_2d_fallback=1&up_earth_fly_from_space=1&up_earth_show_nav_controls=1&up_earth_show_buildings=1&up_earth_show_terrain=1&up_earth_show_roads=1&up_earth_show_borders=1&up_earth_sphere=earth&up_maps_zoom_out=0&up_maps_default_type=satellite&synd=open&w=500&h=400&title=&border=%23ffffff%7C3px%2C1px+solid+%23999999&output=js"></script></mt:EntryAssets>
Creating a CYOA Shell With Almost No Programming
- In order to create the basic structure for a CYOA with no real programming required, try this
- create a new 'place' in google earth
- right click and 'save place as' - use a name that will easy to reference later
- upload the resulting .kmz file to an accessible site (personal.psu.edu is an easy option)
- create a new place. In the placemarker notes (right click place --> get info --> description) add a link, which points to the .kmz file you just previously uploaded
- In the CYOA context, each link represents a decision point, or a branch in the narrative. Because the links are to 'places', the story will chain around Google Earth with the locational content you've provided. Obviously this is bare bones, but it provides an easy way to create the shell for a CYOA style exercise that takes advantage of Google Earth, with almost no programming experience required (other than the ability to create html links)
Demo of Google Earth API
Google Earth plugin may look bare, but with the API, it's actually very flexible. A lot of things that come with Google Earth can be done and the API can realize our imagination even further. There are a few examples:
Among those, for our purpose, this is probably the most relevant:
This is a good thing to add for them to learn KML:
And this is a fun Quiz demo:
Here's another elaborated appliation:
Course/Learning Portfolio Designed by Students
Links that may help: Schreyer Institute Teaching and Course Portfolios (w/Assessment Rubric)
From Univ. of Washington (see below) we are currently working to integrate CommonView and Google Sites, from the UW Google Apps suite. The integration will join the robust content creation and publishing features found in Google Sites with the security and course management functionality of Catalyst Tools. This ePortfolio "mash-up" will be available in time for Autumn Quarter 2010.
Categories for blog (also outline for the semester)
- Plate Tectonics
- Public Lands
- 1910 Forest Fire
- Geothermal Energy
Students will have an entry with their Google Earth file interface. Students will tag each of their entries to the discussion postings with their names.
Notes from 7.27.10 call
Tech assessment,what they learned, and also overall impressions pre-survey - attitudes toward technology. Google earth as a part of this pre-assessment.
In class tutorial (early - 2nd week for fire class), small group project (Lorax), end of semester project. Aaron will be down 3rd week of course to train students on podcasting/ garage band.
Course start date August 22nd.
plan is to run the fire course as a "dry run".
Tutorials: using the google earth spreadshet, using google earth as the portfolio pull together honors college student reflections (Laura wants reflections based on something meaningful - themes with her course, like the Honors college students were)
Laura will be around sunday evening, be moving in late monday morning. should be around through wed (possibly Thursday morning).
If the Google Earth plugin does not work, there should not be a google fallback. Laura would rather the students get the plugins than see the 2d map.
Usability guide for google earth and Blogs@psu. Look into opening up the blog for more real estate so that it is not constrained.
Brainstorm questions for the pre-post tech survey. Put together a google doc.
GeoSci 21 in the spring (full semester intro course). 60 students
Can google survey include images as a part of the questions.
My Equipment List for EARTH 400 - FIRE
My dream digital voice recorder (which also acts like a MP3 player) is the Olympus WS-700M - direct USB plug in, no special software needed, runs ~$100. The problem - not available until sometime in September, too late for my fall semester course.
Seems like the Sony Digital Voice Recorder will work. The ICD-UX200 does not act as a MP3 player, but it does have the USB plug and appears not to require special software. This also runs ~$100 but is currently on sale for $90 The B&H Warehouse online catalog shows this for $75, and that is it also a MP3 player? Maybe this is the one!
Next up - getting some more flip cameras (still seem to be the best and easiest to work with?). Which is the best one? Ultra? Ultra HD? Mino? I'm not really sure of the differences.
Penn State's Amazing Race
Based on Geo Whiz, can be used as a survey in the beginning and at the end of a semester.
1) state and country boundaries is top priority 2) reverse timer (hidden, only for submission) 2) side navigation (zoom and compass thing) 2) integration with login and email/ database tracking 2) remove the silly comments (milk truck) and misspelling of rectangle on first box 3) student movement tracking