If you are on a Mac at school and you are considering using the latest upgrade to Google Earth–think again. If you have been using the great Jing trick (previous posts) to have your students reporting from anywhere in the world, the embedded code won’t work in Google Earth version 5.0.11733.9347 (May 5, 2009). Really a drag if you have pre-set some nice world tours, state capital tours, ancestry tours, etc., for your students. Don’t know why this broke–but I’m checking with Google folks. I’m guessing a momentary glitch as they drive to move the Mac up to version 5.
THE FIX. Delete the older version from your Applications folder. Don’t forget to drag off the Google Earth icon from your doc, if you have it there. Go to http://earth.google.com/ where you can download the older (great) version 4. When you click on “Download Google Earth 5″ you’ll be taken to the download page where you’ll see at the bottom the option to download 4). Install it and the video files will all work again. Your new Placemarks and work will still be there. Note: If there are features that you want in GE5, create a folder called “Google Earth 5″ in your Applications folder. Redownload GE5 and drag it into the folder. Quit GE4 and then click on 5.
When Google Earth is running, click About Google Earth in the top menu on the left. The box will show you the version. I had to do this a couple of times to make sure I was running 4.
On a happier note: The Discovery App for the iPhone was number 1 last week. Pretty cool, and an amazing app! Check it out at the Apple Apps store (you need an iPhone or iTouch). Have an idea for a Discovery Education app you think parents, kids, or teachers might like? Let me know! Leave a comment or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org