Quick Tip! Just as it’s sometimes safer to download video files rather than stream them for a class, teachers might feel safer knowing their great curriculum-based Google Earth tour is ready to go, Internet or not. Many of the great features of Google Earth are best done live (distance, featured content, et al) but tours and fly-overs can be captured as movie files. The higher end versions of Google Earth will make compressed movies for you, but the RAM and processor intensity might be too much. You can do video screen captures for school with off-the-online-shelf products like Snag-It for Windows, from TechSmith (try or buy for $39), or Snapz Pro X from Ambrosia for the Mac (free to $69, depending). Then, Internet up or not, your class can depend on the tour being there. Another fun thing from the FETC presentation: I played the Google Earth tour of my former commute while I played the sped-up video of the same commute I made from the dashboard of my car. Or, why not video capture the tour one way, and play it as Google Earth goes the other way! I know Brian Brooks is trying that in Anaheim (home of the original Disneyland) PS Educator-friendly Google Earth end user license agreement is here! and the user guide here. The Google for Educators site (with Discovery Lesson Plans) is great, too. And for those of you looking for screen-toting Tom Turner’s blog, it’s here. Check out the wisdom from FETC. Next time, the blog from TCEA. Hope to see y’all there!