Step 1: Getting to Know Google Earth

TIMELINE: Half a class period
Open Google Earth - it should be fairly easy to find. Begin with the start button, go to Programs and look for Google Earth. Here are a few ideas to help get you started:
  1. Enter your home address in the text book in the upper-left corner of your screen (Fly To Box)
  2. Try zooming in and out with the 3 different tool in your upper-right corner of your screen - can you figure out what each tool does?
  3. Click and/or Unclick the different layers in the toolbar on the bottom-left corner of your screen
  4. Attempt to add a location (like your house) to "My Places" by right clicking on the location and choosing "Add to My Places" - do you see the address in your My Places menu on the left side of your screen?

Step 2: Research, Research, Research

TIMELINE: 1.5 to 2 class periods
Now that you're a Google Earth expert (or something like that), you need to get your facts about Paris together. I recommend you open this Word Document to hold all the facts you're about to find. Don't forget to SAVE this document regularly in your My Documents folder. If you'd like to collaborate with your classmates, try the Google Doc links below. Use the Resources Page on this site as well as Google to help you answer each question for every monument.

5th Period Google Doc
6th Period Google Doc
7th Period Google Doc

Paris is known for its monuments, so reserach:

La Tour Eiffel

Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris

Le Centre Georges Pompidou

L'Arc de Triomphe

La Basilique du Sacré Cœur
Un Bateau Mouche sur La Seine

Le Château deVersailles (outside of Paris)

L'Avenue des Champs-Élysées

Le Musée D’Orsay

Le Musée du Louvre

While doing your research, focus on answering these questions:
  • What would you see or do while visiting this famous place? Why is it famous?
  • How much does it cost to visit?
  • When is it open (days/hours)
  • What metro stop(s) are best to access this monument?
  • In what arrondissment is this monument located?
  • What would be your one souvenir from this monument?
Don't forget - your answers need to be in YOUR own words. Please do not plaigarize! 

Step 3: Locate the Monuments

TIMELINE: 1 to 2 class periods
It is finally time to pull the pieces together. With your Word Document complete, it is time to begin your Google Earth Tour.  First, create a folder in your My Places menu on the left side of your screen. Do this by right clicking on My Places (the one with the Google Earth blue logo) and click "Add," then "Folder"and then name the folder "Paris Project." From here we can add each monument into the folder (this will make the tour a snap!)

Next let's save our file. We want to save and save often! Right click on your Paris Project folder we just created and choose "Save Place As." Navigate to the N Drive and pick the B. Selden folder. Save your file as your First Initial+Last Name (example: BSelden.kzm). Every time you want to save, just save over this file.

Now you'll locate each of the monuments in Google Earth. This is not as simple as one would think! Be careful when searching because you may accidentally add a location that is not even in Paris. Be sure to check and double check (by zooming and using common sense). Also, tweak your zoom - do you want us to see a 3D building? Are we looking at the typical Google Earth view, or are we inside a photo bubble? That's the cool thing - you pick what we see! Play with the zooms and make sure you're happy with the view before moving on.

Once you're sure you've got the right monument and the view you want, you need to add it to the Paris Project folder we created in My Places.  Do this by clicking on the yellow pushpin in the toolbar above the Google Earth picture.  A pop-up box will appear asking you to name the place. Type in the monuments name AND click on the yellow pushpin button next to the textbox. Give the monument a uniquely colored pushpin. You'll repeat this over and over until you've saved all of your monuments in your My Places folder.

The last action in Google Earth is set the time schedule for your tour. Do this by clicking on "Tools" (top of screen near "File")  and then "Options." When the pop-up box apprears, choose "Touring" and change the "Wait at Features" to at least 15 seconds. This means Google Earth will stay at each of your monuments for 15 seconds while you speak before moving on to the next location. Feel free to add/take away time as you see fit.

Now that everything is in place, let's get a sneak peek. Look in the My Places menu on the left side of the screen. If you click on the folder called "Paris Project," a new slide bar and icon appear below. The icon looks like a file folder with a sideways triangle above it. Click that icon to get a preview of your tour (without audio)!

Step 4: Make the Tour

TIMELINE: 1 to 2 class periods
Whew - we're almost there! Google Earth does have recording features and it *claims* to let you narrate, but I've had no luck with this tool. Instead, we're going to screencast our Google Earth Tour with narrations.  First, spend some time perfecting your tour script. Be sure you have answered the questions for each monument, and jot down notes for what you want to say. Humor and personality are encouraged - make this video engaging and educational!

You'll need to open both Google Earth and the SMART Notebook Recorder. Once you have the SMART Recorder open, put your headphones on and begin recording. Minimize the Recorder and maximize the Google Earth Window. Now go ahead and play the Google Tour (remember to click the Paris Project folder, and then the icon with the file folder and the sideways triangle). As you visit each site, speak aloud to give your audience information about the monument. Use your research and make sure to answer all of the questions. Once you're done with the tour, maximize the Recorder and end the recording. It will prompt you to save the file - BE SURE TO DO THIS! Now you can upload to tumblr!

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