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April 24, 2022

Voicemails from the JR – what would we say?

This project has not only been a fun way for me to document our expedition, but it also records the voices of ship participants and their actual feelings at the moment – the excitement, the frustration, the sadness.. all of it authentic and in their own voice.


April 18, 2022

Tracking ocean expeditions while at sea with Google Earth

For those that head off to do fieldwork, especially on the ocean, I encourage you to think about creating your own Google Earth file with daily updates to keep other engaged and informed about your work.


March 16, 2014

Taking Google Earth beyond the “dirt”

In 2006, oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle had a conversation with the Google Earth and Maps director that set our Google views on an exciting path forward.  Dr. Earle stated (in her words from a blog post): “You should call Google Earth ‘Google Dirt’. What about the ¾ of the planet that is blue?”  Zip forward to February 2009, when Google launched Ocean in Google Earth which now allows us to …


January 3, 2014

A review of Google Earth in 2013

The Google Earth Blog has a month-by-month breakdown of notable discoveries and innovative uses of Google Earth during the past year.  This post is worth scanning through – I didn’t realize how much I had missed! I am now going to play with setting up the Powers of Ten in Google Earth… Visit:  


June 19, 2013

Google’s Pictures of Earth Through Time

An announcement from Google on May 9.Today, we’re making it possible for you to go back in time and get a stunning historical perspective on the changes to the Earth’s surface over time. Working with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS),…


July 3, 2011

The National Jukebox from The Library of Congress

One of the research projects I have with an undergraduate researcher involves embedding audio clips from the Smithsonian Folkways website into Google Earth placemarks (see Teaching World Music with Geospatial Technology). But a May 2011 article from The Chronicle of…


January 6, 2011

Did Al Gore invent Google Earth?

OK, so we know Al Gore did not invent the internet, but did he invent Google Earth?Vice President Al Gore gave a speech at The Fifth International Symposium on Digital Earth. On January 31, 1998, the Vice President made the…


January 4, 2011

Why Geography Matters

I’m at the Geological Society of America’s Penrose conference for Google Earth this week, so I’ll have many posts in a short period of time relating to Google Earth (that’s not a bad thing, right?).I’ve watched this video before, but…


December 28, 2010

The Greenbelt Movement in Google Earth

The 2004 Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai is one of my heroes. She has numerous accomplishments, including founding The Green Belt Movement, an environmental non-governmental organization focused on planting trees, environmental conservation, and women’s rights in Kenya and beyond.So…


December 15, 2010

How to Create a Game

A recent Penn State Teaching and Learning with Technology post on How to create a game for your Penn State course (hint: it’s not as hard as you think) reminds me of the fun I’ve had working on a game…