Sunday, July 05, 2015

Google MyMaps in Google Drive

You can now make your own MyMaps from within Google Drive...

Monday, June 29, 2015

Happy 10th Birthday Google Earth

It's 10 years ago since the launch of Google Earth.

I remember seeing it for the first time, and contacting the Google Education team which was then very small, and Dennis Reinhardt let me have a Pro license for a year so I could have a good play. I started preparing a presentation for the Scottish Association of Geography Teacher's Conference in 2005, which is where I first met Ollie Bray (he was finishing his presentation at the time) and also applied for an Innovative Geography Teaching Grant to develop a users' guide to Earth, which became this very blog !

Today, Google announced a few new features to celebrate the 10th anniversary of what many teachers would say is the most useful tool for geography teachers, but which has now been eclipsed a little by other tools, and perhaps some apps too. It's still something I use weekly at least, and used it the other day in fact to explore Ely...

There's also hundreds of new images for my favourite Chrome extension, and a web gallery too (sort of a super version of Noel Jenkins' Earth as Art activity)

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Volcano Top Trumps map

Raphael Heath has produced a very useful new map for any of you who use the Volcano Top Trumps packs in your classroom. If you haven't seen the Top Trumps, they can be purchased via the website.

Here's the map, which shows the locations of the volcanoes in the pack.

Monday, June 22, 2015

ArcGIS Earth

Coming soon. 
Go here to read more and sign up to find out more when it launches...

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Ash Cloud apocalypse

Raphael Heath is planning his 2nd World GIS activity.

The technology of ArcGIS Online has moved on in the last year, and there is now the appearance of the GeoForm (of which more to come later)
This year, the focus is on an Ash Cloud apocalypse.

Between 16 to 20 November get your Geography students involved with a local disaster risk mapping activity. Are you ready for the Ash Cloud Apocalypse. Could you survive? Know your risks!

This is the launch video... more to come on this later in the year....

Using Google Earth to snoop on people

I was interested in an article that came through via Karl Donert
It describes how Google Earth is being used to check on people's general activity.

It can show cars parked in drives, home improvements, the appearance of outhouses etc. and then be used alongside other data from social networks e.g. postings from foreign holidays etc.
How much does this give away about your life?

Friday, May 22, 2015

OS maps as a basemap layer in ArcGIS Online

For those of you who are interested in developing your use of ArcGIS Online, a few new items of interest.
Some new base maps have now been added to ArcGIS Online
You'll need an institutional subscription to see them...

You can see that alongside Watercolour Stamen maps are also ORDNANCE SURVEY maps.

A further development that shows the power of this tool.

Also this week I have been exploring with GeoForms.
These are forms which can be created to connect with a particular feature service layer of the ArcGIS Online platform.... Fill in the form on your device of choice and the data is added to the map in the relevant place...

This is going to use a few apps.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Free GIS datasets

One issue with using GIS is finding the right data.

Robin Wilson has created a useful list of free datasets to browse through, along with a caveat about the quality of the data they contain.
This was an issue when we worked on training courses for ESRI about five years ago, and is still an issue, although organisations like English Nature and the ONS are now more open with their data.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Do you have your free Google Earth Pro version ?

I've had a free Google Earth pro license for a while now, but a few tweets and other messages today, and a post on Google Earth Blog reminded me that I hadn't necessarily mentioned it here, or recently, so here goes...

You'll need to get it from HERE, and also make sure that you have a license key, which you can request when installing'll also need to connect it to a specific e-mail address and choose a user name.

There are some extra features in the Pro version compared to the standard one... these used to cost hundreds of dollars to access, although I actually had a Pro version back in 2005-6 thanks to Dennis Reinhardt of Google... at the time I was working on the Earth: a Users Guide project, funded by the RGS-IBG, which became this blog.

If you have a previous version of Google Earth you'll need to delete or uninstall it first.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

ArcGIS Online 3D Scene Viewer

As part of the recent December update to the software, ArcGIS Online now has a range of new features, which are summarised here.

One of them is the addition of catchment area calculations, and also downstream channel plots.. Tried this out for a local river and it worked well...

Also extra options for how maps are formatted for embedding on pages, and a new dark canvas basemap, which I like...
Here's a trial map of London

It's interesting timing given the withdrawal of the Google Earth API that one of the most interesting additions is the 3D Scene Viewer option.

Head here to find out more about it... one of my holiday plans is to get stuck into that and see what's possible...

Thursday, December 11, 2014

ArcGIS Online

A new update to ArcGIS Online has been released, and the details are here.
Some very interesting new features described here.

Here's a 3D resource, for example which shows Volcanoes and Earthquakes.
Looking forward to getting stuck in to this...

Wednesday, December 03, 2014


Remember to get your certificate if you took part in the event....