Monday, December 31, 2012


As explained in the video shot at Madland hamn, Ira produces content much faster than I can ever hope to keep up with. So I need a clever way to convert all his material into KML. We use Google drive to collaborate on content (using fusion tables, I'll write on that later on). When Ira is done with the fusion tables I use FME (by Safe software) to proces the content and export it to KML.

Ira explains his ideas in Madland hamn

Madland seems like the perfect place to ask Ira to explain Sail the Book....

Monday, August 20, 2012

Sail the Book Snorkel the Harbor

While "Sail the Book" is still under construction, we can always snorkel the Madland hamn...

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Sail the Book is currently under construction.  Instructional content consisting of Google Earth tours and linked activities will be available in early 2013.  Please check back often.

Welcome to our project.  I am a high school science teacher.  Seven years ago I participated in a teacher at SEA program. The six week course focused on oceanography, pedagogy and sailing a tall ship out of Woods Hole, Massachusetts.  When I was not on watch, I scanned the ship's galley and found a wealth of excellent sea-books.  The combination of my adventure and reading about great adventures past,  inspired me to create a literature-based marine science course.   Over the past two years I have added a technology component to the books.  I believe, and have observed, when the books are presented with Google Earth the students are able to have a richer experience.  The combination of text, imagery and activities stimulates the reader in a multidisciplinary manner. The stories resonate with the reader.  It is my hope that this project will keep classic maritime literature fresh and reach an audience that might otherwise have overlooked this material   The books that will appear on this site are first hand accounts of places and times that are an invaluable source of history, science and nature.