Creating a kmz File with Google Earth by malj

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									                   Creating a kmz File with Google Earth
   You can download and install Google Earth for free. Go to www.google.com and type in Google Earth.
    This will give you the website and directions for downloading and installing. There are also useful help
    files to learn all of the features.
   Open Google Earth on a computer that is connected to the Internet.
   On the left you should see information panes about My Places and Layers. Click on Add in the menu
    bar at the top of your screen. Select Folder. A window will pop up for an untitled folder. Click inside
    the name box to type a name for the folder. For example, if you are studying the Southeast Region of
    the US, you would name the folder Southeast. You can also type a description of the places and
    information that you will learn on this tour in the description pane. Click OK to create the folder in My
    Places. You should now see a folder in the My Places pane with a hyperlink named Southeast.
   Click on the Southeast folder to highlight it. Double-click the first place on the globe that you would
    like to visit. When you have navigated to the place that you want to include in your tour, click on the
    placemark icon (tack) to mark your spot. Name the placemark in the same way that you did the folder.
    You should now see the place listed under the folder you want to include it in.
   Continue navigating to places, landmarks, and or landforms that you want to visit in your tour. Be sure
    to put a placemark and name each item. These should all appear in the My Places pane under the folder
    and site that you have visited.
   Once you have included all of your places, you are ready to save the folder as a kmz file. You may want
    to click and drag the places that you have marked to arrange them in the order that you want to visit
    them. Click on the original folder (Southeast) to highlight. Go to File in the menu bar and select Save,
    in the submenu select Save Place As. The save window will open. It will be named with the name of
    the folder. Choose where you want to save the file and make sure that kmz is listed as the file format.
    Click Save.
   You have now created a kmz file that can be burned to a CD or placed on a pin drive to move it to any
    computer. This file will have all of the places that you marked with any descriptions or information that
    you included.

Some suggestions for classroom use:

   You can create kmz files for any region of the U.S,
   You can create a kmz files that showcase different landforms throughout the U.S. or other places in the
    world.
   You can include places that are mentioned in literature.
   You can include places that are part of current events.
   You can have students locate places, capitals, and landmarks and include descriptions.
   You can include math by focusing on the scale, predicting and measuring distances and changing the
    units of measure for comparison.
   Students can create kmz files for presentations and report on different places.
   Students can locate places and report on environmental issues, habitats, biomes and ecosystems, relating
    social studies to science topics.
   Students can report on economic issues that are related to geography.
   Students can create tours of journeys made by early explorers.

								
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