If you can bear with me until I get through next week’s workshops I’m going for SCETV, I’ll get off of this Google Earth/geotagging kick. I promise. Until then, here are a couple more Google Earth resources I stumbled upon while preparing my materials for these workshops.
First, when one thinks of geotagging, it’s usually in reference to images. Occasionally events and news items get geotagged. However, sounds have been fairly neglected – until now, that is. The Freesound Project sponsored by the Musical Technology Group of Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona. Freesound solicits ambient sounds from contributors, many of which are geotagged. I really wish that the old "Lost and Found Sound" series and the current "SoundClips" series from NPR could have made use of this. Knowing the location of of a sound would really enhance one’s understanding of why and how that sound was generated.
The next two discoveries were made via the Ogle Earth blog. A teacher in Canada has put his students to work creating Google Earth files with locations found in classic literature. Google Lit Trips features titles such as The Aeneid, The Oddyssey, Macbeth, Candide, and The Grapes of Wrath. It looks like there are plans for more books. Most of these files include just the locations with very little accompanying information, but it looks like a great start on a neat project. For now, the information is targeted toward high school.
As with many things, one discovery often leads to another. Google Lit Trips had a link to resource by another teacher in Tucson, Arizona. His site, Google Earth Education Community, highlights the best of the postings to the Keyhole Community for educators. There are also some tutorials and tips for teachers on the site.