Part A: Preparation
Step 1: Make sure your mobile device is charged.
Step 2: Install the free MapMyWalk app on your Apple or Android smartphone (also available for Windows Phone or BlackBerry). If prompted during installation, allow the app to access to your location.
- Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mapmywalk.android2
- iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/walk-map-my-walk-gps-pedometer/id307861492?mt=8
Step 3: Open the app. Create an account by signing up via your email address or Facebook account. (You do not need to sign up for the paid, premium service.)
Step 4: Be sure your device has GPS enabled and apps have permission to access to your location.
Step 5: In your group, divide up roles, designating one person to conduct a GPS-tracked walk and other people to create photos, videos, and/or documentation.
Part B: GPS-Tracked Walk in Woodward Heritage Area
Step 1: Plan a walking route that progresses in a linear or circular fashion to function optimally. Avoid going indoors as this will likely disrupt the GPS tracking.
Step 2: On your mobile device, open the app MapMyWalk and login.
Step 3: From the app homepage, you will record your walking route through the app’s “Record Workout” feature. The app will automatically track and map the route you take. Press the “Start Workout” button and begin your walk. (Don’t provide your height and weight or ask for ‘training’. You are simply recording a GPS trail of your walk.)
Step 4: If you need to temporarily stop recording your route, you can press the “Pause” button and then resume when you are ready to continue your tracked walk.
Step 5: Once finished your walking route and to complete your walk, slide the black button that says “Slide to Finish…”
Step 6: On the following screen, press the “Save Workout” button.
Part C: Create Mobile Documentation and Representations
Your mobile device has many ways and tools to capture your experiences of a place. You could write a description or poem, take photos, shoot videos, create a digital sketch, or other options.
Photographs and Digital Art
Step 1: For photographs, simply snap away. Try taking pictures from different perspectives, positions, and angles to capture the desired mood.
Step 2: You may want to edit the photos or create digital art through your device’s photo editing features or filters (you can also do this via free desktop software such as Picasa).
Step 3: You can then upload your photos directly from your mobile device to an online photo hosting website, such as Flickr or Panoramio.
Make sure your privacy settings are set to public.
Step 1: Plan the video you want to shoot. Consider the ambient light and audio conditions — shoot with the sun behind you in a relatively quiet space. If recording audio, consider the limitations of your device’s microphone. Have the speaker stand close to the mobile device.
Step 2: Open your mobile device’s video camera. You may want to check and adjust your video camera settings for light and quality level. Rehearse what you want to shoot before hand. Test audio and light levels by shooting a short segment and playing it back on your phone.
If recording audio, consider the limitations of your device’s microphone. For example, recording a person speaking beside a busy road or with others talking nearby will likely not provide sufficient quality. Have the speaker stand close to the device.
Step 3: Capture short videos of any locations you choose. When ready, start shooting. Do not shoot approximately more than 30 seconds per video.
Step 4: Using your device’s video editing features, you may trim the video’s start or end point.
Step 5: Upload your video to YouTube using your device’s sharing feature or by downloading the video first to a laptop and then uploading from there. Make sure to set the YouTube privacy setting to “public”.
Part D: Generate a KML File of Your Route
Step 1: Open the MapMyWalk website (http://www.mapmywalk.com/) and login (the link is towards the center, bottom). Accept the “Terms” of the website.
Step 2: From “My Home” menu item (top left), click drop-down item “My Routes & Courses”.
Step 3: This page will show “My Maps”. Click the “View” (on the left) option of a map.
Step 4: On the right and middle of this page, you will see a box called “Route Info”. Click on “Export this Route”. In the resulting pop-up window, choose “Export as KML” then click the download button to save to your computer.
Part E: Bring it Together in Google Earth
Step 1: On your laptop, open Google Earth. Log-in via a Google account.
Step 2: Double click your KMZ file. You should see your route displayed on Google Earth. You can add points of interest along this route with associated text, imagery, or videos.
Step 3: If you have text descriptions or expressions for a specific location, you can add them by creating a Placemark. From the top menu item “Add”, choose “Placemark” and click the location on the map where you want to pin the corresponding text. In the “Name” field give your placemark a title. Place your text into “Description” field. Click OK.
Step 4: You may change the appearance and size of Placemark icons by clicking on the default yellow push-pin icon on the left and changing its size, or by selecting another icon. Click OK.
Step 5: If you have videos to share, you can do this two ways. The simplest way is to add the video as a link. Viewers are than taken away from Google Earth to the video host website to view the video.
You can also embed the video into Google Earth. To embed videos, go to your video on YouTube. Under the video, click “Share” link under your video. Click the “Embed link”. Uncheck the box that says “Show suggested videos when the video finishes”. Copy all code provided in text box (<iframe>…).
Step 6: Return to Google Earth. Navigate in Google Earth the specific spot along your route that corresponds to the location of your video.From the top menu item “Add”, choose “Placemark” and click the location on the map where you want to pin the corresponding video. In the pop-up box that appears, paste the code in the text box area under “Description”. You will need to add the prefix “http:” to the link in the code before //www.youtube.com.., so it will not be src=”//www.youtube.com/embed/… but rather src=”http://www.youtube.com/embed/… In the top “Name” field give your placemark a title.
*Note: You may need to update your Adobe Flash Player to view videos in Google Earth
Step 7: To add photos, select from the top menu item “Add”, choose “Photo”. Browse to the location of the image. In the top “Name” field give your photo a title. Click Ok.
(You can also upload photos to Panoramio or Flickr and then add them as a placemark. You just need to copy the URL of the photo and then under “Description” click the “Add Image” button and paste in the URL. You can add a text description in the Description area.)
Step 8: Save your work to “My Places”, and give it a title.
Step 9: You can then show and demonstrate your walk from within Google Earth, either by recording a tour (choose this option from the top menu bar) and playing it back, or simply by navigating through the walk and double clicking on images and video players from the map.
Step 11: Share! To share your work with others, you can email the KMZ file (a file format that zips your mappings along with the media content) or share it with the world via with the Google Earth Community Forum (if your work is of broad public interest).