Richard Treves writes the Google Earth Design blog where he often analyzes various Google Earth content and provides critiques and suggestions with the intent to help people understand how to improve the user experience. Richard works at the School of Geography at the University of Southampton.
Last year Richard began some work developing a lesson plan using GE to describe the flooding of the Brahmaputra River. Now he has upgraded the plan to use Google Earth 5’s Tour option to present the content like a 3D movie. You can watch the new version here (it uses the GE plugin, and has audio, hit the “Play” button once GE loads). I think his new version greatly improves the presentation of the lesson content. The way he presents content for how water reaches the river is well done, and easy to follow. I like the use of placemarks which change to illustrate points. He also is using Dropbox to host the content, which is a pretty cool way to share GE content.
[UPDATE: Richard has updated his lesson to reflect the suggestions I made below.]
Since Richard likes to critique content, I have a few tips for him: 1) I think the first thing that should appear in his tour is a title screen overlay for the lesson (not just a voice intro). 2) He might want to mention on the title screen to turn on your speakers. 3) The embedded player should be set up with “Autoplay” rather than forcing the user to hit “Play”. 4) Alternatively, his web page could also provide some pointers such as turning on audio/speakers, title, etc. 5) The video at the end could be embedded in the placemark or shown on the same web page.