Just finished the short Mapping with Google course. The Google Maps Engine Lite offers a lot of possibilities for visually representing data although there are limitations on the number of layers and the size of the imported data files so using Google’s fusion tables may appeal more for more in-depth analysis. A good example of the possibilities is this (http://goo.gl/mNae5) collaborative map used for emergency help in recent flooding in Argentina.
The Google Earth component has some excellent tutorials and tasks about creating tours. In this section there are also a lot of very useful classroom activities for teachers. As part of the course you have to create your own tour. I made a quick tour of a family walk in the Sintra Hills as part of the course. (http://goo.gl/gkh6l)
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