How to Prepare for the Workshop
We strongly recommend you bring a laptop to the workshop. We will have a few spare ones, but you will likely have to pair with another participant and you will want to be able to keep your work and any additional software you've installed and configured for your use in the future.
We recommend that you take the following steps to prepare yourself for the workshop.
Install the proper software on the laptop you will bring to the workshop:
Install the latest version of Google Earth -- click here to download the latest version.
Install the latest version of the Google Earth API -- click here to download the latest version.
Explore the resources on our website:
Step 1: Go to the Google Earth Outreach homepage.
Step 2: From that page, visit the Showcase, which houses Google Earth and Maps projects from non-profit and public benefit groups from around the world.
View it now! View the recently-released Climate Tours in Google Earth tours which illustrate how Google Earth can tell your environmental story in a geographic context: click here to view the video tours now!
Step 3: Visit the Tutorials page, and view all the video tutorials on that page. After viewing a video tutorial, if you would like to learn more, click on the "View Full Tutorial" button under the video to view the step-by-step tutorial. In particular, follow along with the full tutorial:
View it now! Creating Maps Using My Maps: click here to view this tutorial now!
Step 4: Visit the Community, and notice all the links to the User Communities, where you can ask questions to the Google Earth NGO community to get answers and feedback on your questions.
Optional (for programmers):
If you are a programmer or developer, you can visit the Google Geo Developers website, to learn more about the code that you will use to develop customize websites using Google Maps and Google Earth.
- KML - Create and share content with Google Earth, Maps, and Maps for mobile.
- Google Earth API - Embed Google Earth into your web page.
- Google Maps API - Integrate Google's interactive maps with data on your site.
- Google Maps API For Flash - Integrate Google Maps in Flash applications.
- Google Mapplets - Build mini-applications to embed within the Google Maps site.
- Google SketchUp Ruby API - Extend Google SketchUp with Ruby.