I discovered from one of my various feeds yesterday about the new ‘Helicopter View’ option in Google Maps. So I tweeted it out yesterday:
Today I have had a play with the feature, it is great especially when combined with Jing, so that you can capture the video of the virtual journey. I would have uploaded an exmple, but the screen shot will have to suffice, the journey I captured with Jing was 916mb in size… To activate the Helicopter view is very simple. All you have to do is to put in a start location and a destination point in the get directions option of Google Maps, once the route has been calculated, a small “3-D” graphic appears to the right of the first direction, simply click on that and the animation plays. Depending on your internet connection it may take some time for the information to load, but it is worth the wait.
This is a great feature from Google and I can see so many practical uses for it on websites, in the classroom etc.