Discovery and Google Earth have together created a great new video tool that links Discovery video and the terrain images of Google Earth. You must have Google Earth installed for this to work (get it here free). If you have Google Earth, click on the kml file below. It will launch a Google Earth layer that will open links to videos about each of the linked national parks.
There is more than one video hidden at each blue globe. These are great Discovery videos with themes that tie to each national park. (Yes, you might just see an ad at the beginning–but it’s shorter than a commercial break on Fox).
If you have been to a DEN event or read the blog postings about embedding videos and images into the maps of Googel Earth, you know what a powerful use of technology it can be (especially with curriculum-based unitedstreaming videos, of course). In the second image here, you might just see the picture of the first prime minister of Canada at the top of the frame. If you could zoom in, you’d find the picture of a student by his home town (that’s from my own hard drive and only shows up on my computer, where I screen snapped this shot). For more info on embedding images into Google Earth, check with your DEN field manager. Obviously, there’s going to be more to come, and the DEN will have it first. If you have comments, I’d love to read them below. [Geek note: These video launches are kml files, instead of the usual shared kmz files]