Advanced Google Earth
Creating Curricular Materials
and Adding Custom
Creates Innovative Lessons
Advanced placemarks allows the
addition of information and graphic
• Video links
Ask question that students need to
Turn lessons into inquiry
Use emerging technologies
A few reminders
Most of the images in Google Earth
are taken by low flying planes.
Zoom to the desired appearance
before placing your placemark.
From task bar,
select the pushpin
A window will open
information to be
Adding information to the
Give the placemark
Add a description
Click on the
Style/Color tab and
Altitude tab allows
placement to be at
a given altitude
above the ground.
Change the icon appearance
Select the icon
beside the title box
Select the icon of
choice or import a
Editing information in the
To add/edit information in a
• Right click
• Select properties
• Add information in the description
• If only text is entered, the
formatting will not change.
• Once the first piece of html is
added, all the formatting is lost.
The addition of formatting in the html
code uses “tags”
Tags begin with a “<“ and end with a “>”
There will be instructions placed between
the < and > symbols.
The instructions must also tell when to
end that formatting. This is performed by
Example: <b>Dr. Archie Bone</b> will
bold only the words Dr. Archie Bone.
A Few Basic Formatting Codes
<p> This is for a paragraph and is
really a double enter – double
<br> This is a Break or a single
<b> Bold for bolding information
<u> Underline for underlining
To bold and underline <b><u>
The order does not matter; however the
order must be reserved to close the
This text is said to be nested.
The resulting text will look like
Adding a link to Internet
The anchor tag is used to add a link
Represented by <a>. It must be
closed by using </a>
<a href=“ url”</a>
There is a space between a and href.
There is no space before the end tag.
HTML code chart
Bring in images
Locally from computer
• Images from your camera
• Short videos from your camera
Link to a web address
• Images from your Internet
• Short videos from the Internet
Bring in images
HTML code is needed by a recipe can be
An image tag is written
Pathway on local computer
• <img src=“image location” >
• There must be a space between “ and >
• Locate the image on your computer, right click, go
to properties, copy path, add the image name and
Example: <img scr=“C:\Documents and
Settings\coleyj.JCTC\My Documents\cow.jpg” >
More on images
The width of the image may be
limited by using the following code:
<img scr=“C:\Documents and
Documents\cow.jpg”, width=300 >
There is a space before width=
300 pix is a good setting for an
image in a balloon.
The balloon may be saved as a .klm
file and shared with others.
What is a .kml file?
The curriculum piece in Google earth
will be saved as a .kmz file. This
nothing more than a zip file.
Individual information such as a
ballon will be saved as a .kml file.
To save a ballon
• Right click
• Save as
Other formatting changes for
• <font color=white> or <font color=#A52A2A>
• To assure that the same color shows on all
computers, use the color number (RGB color
• <font size=X>text here
• X = Font size and may be from 1 (smallest) to 7
Background color for the balloon
• This MUST be the first entry in the ballon.
• <body bgcolor=yellow>
Let’s Start Creating!