Friday, June 22, 2012

Google Geo Teachers Institute - 3 of 5

We had a break out session on the use of KML, which was also referred to in some of the other sessions.

KML is Keyhole Markup Language - the name goes back to the software which Google bought, which became Google Earth.
The basic idea of the language is that it uses tags, which define what particular commands or text 'look like'.These can be used to adapt the resources that are used with Google Earth.

This means that the contents of a Google Earth placemark, for example, can be customised, and data visualised in different ways. This is relatively easy to do.

Jamie Buchanan Dunlop shared a link to a really useful PDF download of some of the key shortcuts.

We also explored how to import data into Google Earth from a GPS handset. Garmin devices had been used to explore St. Stephen's Green, and some tracks produced.
Some further notes are here.

Following the event, I purchased a Kindle copy of a handbook for how to use KML, which is on my iPad.
I'll let you know how I get on with it....

After the first day of the Google GeoTeacher Institute I had a quick snooze (the 3.15 start had taken it out of me) then into town for a walk through some of the famous Dublin streets, and a few pints of Guinness.... 

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