If you’ve uploaded files to Chalkup for student assignments, you’ve no doubt seen our inline preview of docs and PDFs, or media files you can listen to without leaving the Chalkup platform.
Today we're turning to Google Earth and featuring what happens when you use a KMZ or a KML file in your next assignment.
Here’s What It Looks Like
You could drop some pins and take your classmates on a tour.(And yes, the file is a fully functioning Google Map that you can zoom in and out of.)
Or draw the area you'll be discussing in your work.
Why This is Awesome
Beyond getting a very cool inline preview, this opens up lots of interesting assignment and discussion potential. (We’re looking at you, geography and social studies classes.) Why just talk about South American culture when you can transport your class to Peru with a little help from Google?
What is a KMZ file?
We’re not going to reinvent the wheel on this answer. Here is Google Earth’s definition:
“KMZ files are very similar to ZIP files. They allow you to package multiple files together, and they compress the contents to make downloading faster. This allows you to bundle images along with your KML file if you want.
You can easily create KMZ files using Google Earth. When you save a placemark or folder from your Places panel you have the choice to save your content as a KMZ file or a KML file. This is similar to the way that web browsers allow you to save complete web pages, including images and style sheets, or just the HTML for a single web page.”
Here’s How to Do it
To unleash this awesomeness in your course discussion threads, you’ll need to make a KMZ or a KML file from Google Earth. Before showing you the step-by-step, know that you’ll need to download Google Earth to your computer.
Got it? Cool. Let’s dive in.
Once you open Google Earth, you’ll select where you want to go by using your search bar in the top left. Once you nail down your destination - and Google magically spins the globe around and takes you there - use the “Add Polygon” and/or “Add Path” buttons to select the specific areas you want to register in your file.
When you use the polygon tool, you’ll get a pop-up prompting you to name and style your polygon. Do this, and before clicking “okay,” draw the area on your map that you’d like to include.
Once you finish, you should notice your polygon is now listed under “places” in your left-hand sidebar. Give it a right-click and select the “save place as” option.
In the resulting pop-up menu, you’ll note that in the “Save as type” window you have a ".kmz" and a ".kml" option. Either will work for us.
Here are some additional tips and tricks straight from Google.