Google Earth Balloon Maker

The Google Earth Balloon Maker is a tool that I cobbled together to make building virtual field trips easier.

Virtual Field Trips

Google Earth is a great resource in the classroom. Sites like GoogleLitTrips.com┬áhave done a great job to promote one of my favorite learning activities – the virtual field trip. The problem though, is that Google Earth’s native balloon maker tools are quite limited leaving most users with the ability to add only ┬átext, links, and images – with no formatting.

I felt like more teachers and students would be inclined to create original virtual field trips if it were easier to make more asthetically pleasing informational “balloons,” so I built a WYSIWYG tool specifically designed for Google Earth. It’s called the Google Earth Balloon Maker and you can view it here: http://mmacfadden.com/balloon-maker. Watch the video above to learn how to use it.