Avatars and multi-student interactions in Google Earth–based virtual field experiences
Mladen M. Dordevic, Steven C. Wild, 2012. "Avatars and multi-student interactions in Google Earth–based virtual field experiences", Google Earth and Virtual Visualizations in Geoscience Education and Research, Steven J. Whitmeyer, John E. Bailey, Declan G. De Paor, Tina Ornduff
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We have developed object-oriented programming methods to enable avatar movement across the Google Earth surface in response to student actions. Students travel on their own, or in groups attached to a field vehicle avatar (a Jeep). Students communicate using text messages sent from their web pages to balloons that pop up from the avatars in Google Earth. Students can be located locally in a lab class or at great distances from one another, as in a distance education course.