I’ve been having just a little fun with Google Earth!  Did you know that you could put pictures in Google Earth using an online service called Panoramio? There are some rules.  For example, pictures can’t be of people or pets as the main subject of the picture.

You can also put full, interactive panoramas of the your campus online and then embed them in your website. Here’s a link to a panorama I did of the Upper Columbia Academy campus.

http://gigapan.org/viewGigapan.php?id=6628

Once you are viewing the panorama, you can click the link to view it in Google Earth – It’s really cool as you can zoom in to detail in any area of the panorama. You can also embed the panorama in your own web site.

At the bottom of this page is a Google Earth link to the UCA campus where you can see blue dots representing pictures of various places on campus.  The blue dot is the place from which the picture was taken. Oh and these images can now be turned on in Google Maps (ours aren’t showing yet, but will be there soon).

It’s a good idea to be proactive in putting pictures online that are representative of your campus.  Not only is it good marketing, but we had a problem with someone putting a nice picture with a derogatory title online.  Panoramio removed it but it took several months for the change to take effect. Once you tag your pictures in Panoramio and geotag* them it takes about 2-3 months for them to show up in Google Earth.

To get started with Panoramio, visit http://www.panoramio.com/.  If you need help learning how to upload and geotag your photos, just click on the “help” link at the bottom of the page.

Oh, it is also possible to link your Wikipedia page in Google Earth!**  You will see ours as a purple dot in the middle of campus.  It’s worth investing some time in editing your Wikipedia page.  Don’t make it a duplicate of your web site, but include enough information to inform.

Have fun in Google Earth!

* Geotagging is the the process of placing GPS coordinates with online pictures.

** To have your Wikipedia page show up in Google Earth, simply edit your Wikipedia page and ad a line like the one below at the end of the page – just remember to replace the coordinate with your school’s decimal Coordinates.  Don’t know them?  Have you of your students help you find it!
{{Mapit-US-cityscale|47.413336|-117.367576}}

Google Earth link to the UCA campus – Right click link and select “Save Link As” or “Save Target As.”

Download and install Google Earth