Google Earth 6.2

As you know we are huge fans of Google Earth at Do-Be and it remains one of the core components of the Teach-IT series. It even makes a guest appearance in Teach-IT Outdoors where we demonstrate how it can be used for reflecting on an outdoor experience.

The latest version of Google Earth was released just over a week ago and Google are describing it as, ‘the most beautiful Google Earth yet’. We have described some of the main changes listed on the Google Lat / Long blog below.

1. A seamless globe

The Google Earth globe is made from a mosaic of satellite and aerial photographs taken on different dates and under different lighting and weather conditions. Because of this variance, views of the Earth from high altitude can sometimes appear patchy.

Google Earth 6.2 introduces a new way of rendering imagery that smoothes out this quilt of images. The end result is a beautiful new Earth-viewing experience that preserves the unique textures of the world’s most defining geographic landscapes—without the quilt effect. This change is being made on both mobile and desktop versions of Google Earth.

Grand Canyon – Before & After

2. Share your explorations with Google+

We are a big fan of Google + at Do-Be and can really see its potential in Education. Anyway, with Google Earth 6.2 there is now an option to share a screenshot of your current view in Google Earth through Google+.

If you have already upgraded to Google+ (when will it come to K-12 Education?) you can share images of the places you’ve virtually travelled to with your Circles, such as family and friends.

3. Search improvements

Finally, the new update also includes some updates to the search feature in Google Earth which include cycling and walking directions.

Biking directions in Google Earth

Download Google Earth 6.2 and start exploring and sharing today.

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