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September 11, 2007

image from google skyHi Staff,

If anyone is teaching astronomy this year, or is just looking for something cool to play with on the computer, you’ll want to download the new version of Google Earth, which allows you to see satellite images of any location on the globe, and now with the new “Sky” feature, you can see the stars above any part of the world you navigate to, and interactively explore outer space.

We played with Google Maps a bit last year in 3-307, and 3-206, but the possibilities for exploration are still largely untapped at 124!

For more info and a video demo that really shows off the features well, check out this blog post on PBS’s Learning Now.

See you soon,


4 Comments leave one →
  1. September 20, 2007 9:07 pm

    I think I tried to install and run Google Earth last year and found it was blocked by the DOE content controls. But I hope someone has gotten this feature to work in a classroom. The only word for it is . . . cool.

  2. September 22, 2007 2:36 pm

    I installed Google Earth as well on a few machines, and was not able to “connect to the Google network”. It didn’t occur to me that that was due to a DOE block!

    We should look into getting this unblocked.

    Mr. Conrad, could you post the steps for how to “unblock” a website through the DOE, along with who has the authority to do so on this blog?

    This would be good info for our “Tech Support, Getting Help” Category.

  3. Mr. Conrad permalink*
    October 1, 2007 7:46 pm

    Have a look at the Tech Support page. There’s now some information on “un-blocking” the sites we want to have available for students’ use. As you’ll see, these requests need to be sent, on-line, from an administrative computer.

  4. Ms. Martinez permalink*
    October 1, 2007 9:07 pm

    Dear Paul and Rhys,

    It sounds rather cool and a great way to get our students more interested in science. I’m wondering where in the science curriculum do the students study astronomy.

    Also, I would approve unblocking by the DoE.

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