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Next week I'm going to be giving a session on design tips on 'geo story telling' at the Google geo teachers institute. I'll be talking about how to use overviews to help your users, a neat simple way to show time animations and my experiences getting students to produce their own tours.
Information on the Google Geo Teachers Institute to be hosted at the Google Campus, Mountain View, CA.
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This is the last idea from the Google Teacher's institute I'm going to blog about and it comes from Ben. When you click a point in Google Earth you'll often get a pop-up appear. Formatting in balloons is often important, e.g. in this nice example of 'old photo compared to new photo' example you ...
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Hi, I am an Google Earth geek and especially a Google Earth tour geek.  I work for a Uni in the UK where I teach and support teaching.  I've been blogging about Google Earth for over 5 years now.  If you're a teacher, I have an open, online course I designed especially for teachers that goes into Google Earth tours in more depth.
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basics of programming ruby http://hackety.com/
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Following a G+ conversation with Ed Parsons I've jotted down some thoughts on pros and cons of animated maps on my blog.
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This is a neat introduction to marker clustering by Mano Marks.  However, my problem with clustering is that although it may be effective to prevent overloading a browser, it may be confusing to the user.  This post (http://webmapdesign.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/usability-problems-with-zeros-on.html) is on the zero problem and links back to other thoughts on clustering.
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I'll be offering a session at 'Google Geo Teachers Institute' in Mountain View next week on 'Map Design for Teachers'. To illustrate what it will cover, the two images are of Portsmouth in the UK. Left is the OS (Ordnance Survey) map, right is mapquest with lots of layers turned on. In the session I'll be explaining why the OS map is more effective compared to Mapquest map and helping teachers learn how to apply the same rules to their own maps.
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I like the  animation capacity of Symbols in Google Maps (http://googlegeodevelopers.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/powerful-data-visualization-with.html just announced at Google IO) .  Is it easy to dynamically control the zoom and pan in GMaps as in Google Earth tours?
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