Telling a story with Google Earth: Student work in my online mapping course

A participant in my online course Google Mapping for Communicators created a virtual tour using Google Earth, and it provides for a good example of how Google Earth can be used as a storytelling tool.

About the course: Google Mapping for Communicators is a free online course offered by this blog. This course trains participants on the use of Google Fusion Tables map, Google Maps Engine and Google Earth.

About the assignments: Course participants are asked to produce an interactive heat map using Fusion Tables, a rich-media map with photos and videos using Maps Engine, and a virtual tour using Google Earth.

About this virtual tour: Caddie Brain, an online reporter with Australian Broadcast Corporation, created a tour of the 223-kilometre-long Larapinta Trail along the West MacDonnell Ranges in Central Australia. Caddie edited the tour video with captions, selected photos and a music track.

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About Mu Lin

Dr. Mu Lin is a digital journalism professional and educator in New Jersey, United States. Dr. Lin manages an online marketing company. He also manages MulinBlog Online J-School (, a free online journalism training program, which offers courses such as Audio Slideshow Storytelling; Introduction to Social Media Marketing; Writing for the Web; Google Mapping for Communicators; Introduction to Data Visualization; Introduction to Web Metrics and Google Analytics.
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