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AHS Subject Guides: World Language: Mirci

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Creating a Tour in Google Earth

Claudia Mirci

Spanish III-3

Creating a Tour in Google Earth (updated 2-2020)

Information literacy topics:

-Searching strategies for information

-Using technology tools


Learning Expectations: 

-(for using all Technology tools): Academic-Problem-solving: “Students will use appropriate tools strategically to solve problems.”


1: Find the activities for this class, at:

Amity websiteHigh SchoolAHS Library Information Center

Find Online StuffBy SubjectWorld LanguageClass ProjectsMirci: Spanish III-3Creating a Tour in Google Earth


2. Objective: What do we want to accomplish today?

Use Google Earth to create and save a tour of sites of interest in a Latin American country, in which you state different activities that can be done in those locations.


3. Discussion: Functionalities that Google Earth offers.  Look at this sample tour: Visita a Gijón, España

4. Sign into Google so that your work is saved. Now go to Google Earth


5. How to work in Google Earth.



Movement tips:


- Move around: Left-click and drag your thumb on the touchpad.

- Zoom in and out: use the +/- on screen. 

- Look around your location: Hold Ctrl + click and drag the screen.

- View 3D buildings: go to Menu, Map Style, and turn on Enable 3D


Building your Tour:

- Search for a city: Search .

- Search for a specific place by name, or KIND of place in the city (“Parque Isabel la Católica, or “parque.”

- When you find a place you want to include and the place name appears on the right, click

- Name your project appropriately, and “Edit place.”



- Add your own image, and write your own information by clicking “Replace.”



- Search for your image or images, add and format your text.



- When you are done, play your tour by clicking “Present” Lick “3D” in the lower right to tilt the view.:




6. Sharing your Tour in Google Earth

- Use the share icon. Set your preferences so that anyone (not just Amity) can view (not edit.)



Spanish-speaking Countries: Tourism Resources

Spanish-speaking Countries: Tourism Resources


Ministerio de turismo: Official bureau of tourism

Argentina por vos: Additional government-sanctioned site



Bolivia te espera: Official bureau of tourism

Bolivia en tus manos: commercial site


Chile, Colombia

Chile Travel: Official bureau of tourism

Welcome Chile: commercial site


Costa Rica

Esencial Costa Rica: Official bureau of tourism



Cuba Travel: Official bureau of tourism

Turismo de Cuba: (commercial?) website intended for South American travelers


Dominican Republic

Republica Dominicana: Official bureau of tourism

Turismo Santo Domingo: commercial site


Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea

Ecuador Travel: Official bureau of tourism

Visita Ecuador: commercial site


El Salvador

El Salvador Impressive: Official bureau of tourism

Turismo en El Salvador: commercial site



Guatemala: Official bureau of tourism

Explorando Guatemala: commercial site



Honduras Travel: Official bureau of tourism

Honduras Tips: commercial site??



Visit México: Official bureau of tourism

Turismo en México: commercial site



Visita Nicaragua: Official bureau of tourism

CasaCubanaGranada: commercial site



Visit Panama: Official bureau of tourism, under construction as of 9-2015

Panama Tourism: commercial site



Paraguay: Secretaria Nacional de Turismo: Official bureau of tourism commercial site



Peru Travel: Official bureau of tourism

Turismo Peru: commercial site


Puerto Rico

See Puerto Rico: Commercial, but seems to be sanctioned by the official bureau of tourism

Para dónde voy?: commercial site



Spain Info: Official bureau of tourism

Todo sobre España: commercial site



Uruguay Natural: Official bureau of tourism

Turismo de Uruguay: commercial site



Venezuela vacaciones 2015: Part of the official bureau of tourism

Venezuela la tuya: commercial site

Setting up Google Slides for Story Books

Claudia Mirci

Spanish III-1

Setting up Google Slides for Storybooks (updated 12-2019)

Information literacy topics:

-Communicating new knowledge

-Using technology tools


Objective: To effectively use Google Slides to create and compile shared original stories, maintaining some common formatting.



Each student has already created an original story. You will now create the final version of your story in Google Slides. 

Groups will be formed, and the stories of each group member will be combined into a single book.  The class will have as many books as there are groups.


Before you start to create your story: 


1. Meet with your group, and establish a shared format with other members.


2. Configure Slides for printer-type letter-size paper (8.5 x 11 inches)

- File/Page Setup/Custom


3. Create a template for the group. Name it, and share it.

- Create master slide for the group (View/Master).

- Click on the lines of the text boxes to erase all existing text from Master slide. 

- Click on Master Slide, choose a background color or image (if you want one). 

- In the master slide, choose a common font and title and body text sizes. This is optional, but it makes the book flow better. 

- Add a text box, choose your font and size, and label it “Titles”. Add another text box, with a smaller size, and label it “Body Text.” Notice that I had to fill my text boxes with white to make them visible on a busy background.


- Add page numbers (Insert/Slide Numbers).

- Close Master slide view

- Select page number, and adjust font and font size.

4. Group members work in their own copy of the presentation, and one member combines the slides when they are done.


How to Use Images in Your Work the Right Way 

When you use images, you must attribute (cite) your source, and make sure you know the rights for re-use.


This presentation explains usage rights in more detail.


Two easy methods:

1. One option is to only look at images that already have a “Creative Commons” license, stating exactly what you can use it for, and what YOU need to do (like possibly give credit, not change the image, not use it commercially, etc.). The different kind of licenses are listed here.

Most important: Choose a license that requires citing, and allows you to modify (most do) so you can crop pictures

Use the Creative Commons Search.


2. Google Image search with usage rights limited.

Warning! Google warns that this is not enough, because it does not have complete information on every image. 

You still have to “make sure that its license is legitimate and check the exact terms of reuse.” That means visiting the site and looking for more information about permissions.


Podcasts en castellano

El podcast Nómadas es uno de los más populares del mundo hispanohablante. Está ubicado en la RTVE, que es la emisora nacional de radio y televisión de España.

En un principio se trata del turismo, pero es mucho más que esto, porque además de información que puede ser útil para los viajeros,  indaga en las culturas de los sitios más interesantes del mundo, como La Patagonia, Milano, Hanói. La emisora lo llama «un gran viaje virtual lleno de voces, ruidos y músicas que permiten construir en la imaginación lugares, rostros, aromas y sabores».


Buenos Días América es un programa de La Voz de América.  Sus programas de noticias ofrecen un contenido variado acerca de los temas más relevantes en Estados Unidos y toda Latinoamericana.

La Prensa Internacional

La Prensa Internacional

Gracias a la interconectividad de las redes digitales, hoy en día tenemos disponibles en la Web una riqueza de recursos que ofrecen enlaces con la prensa de todos los países del mundo.

En general estas webs no ofrecen el cien por cien del contenido que tiene la versión pagada del mismo periódico o revista, pero dan la posibilidad de ver las portadas, y leer muchos de los artículos que contienen.


















Presentation Tools


Canva : Canva gives you everything you need to easily turn ideas into stunning designs. Create designs for Web or print: blog graphics, presentations, Facebook covers, flyers, posters, invitations and so much more.

Piktochart : Piktochart is an easy infographic design app that requires very little effort to produce beautiful, high quality graphics.

Infogram : Use Infogram to create infographics and interactive online charts. It's free and super-easy!

Glogster : Glogster allows users to mix all kinds of media on a one virtual canvas to create multimedia posters, and access a library of engaging educational content created by students and educators worldwide. (Not Free).


Mind Maps and More:

Popplet : Use Popplet in the classroom and at home, students use Popplet for learning. Used as a mind-map, Popplet helps students think and learn visually. Students can capture facts, thoughts, and images and learn to create relationships between them.  Also available as an app for your device!

InstaGrok: instaGrok is an innovative educational search engine that combines sophisticated semantic technology with an interactive user interface to make learning more engaging, personalized and fun for everyone.

Coggle : Use Coggle to produce beautiful notes, quickly and easily. Share them with friends and colleagues to enhance your ideas collaboratively. All for free!

Bubbl : Use Bubbl for free to create up to 3 mind maps. Save your work as an image or HTML. Share mind maps with your peers.


Powtoon: PowToon is the world’s most minimalist, user friendly and intuitive presentation software that allows someone with no technical or design skills to create engaging professional “look and feel” animated presentations. Their aim is to establish a new presentation category called “powtoon” – a combination of presentation and animated cartoon – as the industry standard for evolved (animated) presentations.

GoAnimate: GoAnimate videos could and should be everywhere. Explain complex topics, exercise higher order thinking skills (such as creativity and critical thinking) in the classroom.

Voki: Use Voki to create speaking avatars. Introduce material in a fun way. Great way to present a project.

Bitstrips: Bitstrips is your online funny pages. Turn yourself and your friends into cartoon characters, and create and share your own awesome comic strips!

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