UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA LAS VEGAS
School Of Computer Science
(Mr. Harden's Sections)
Introduction To Windows & The Graphics User Interface
By Using Google Earth
PURPOSE & OBJECTIVES:
The purpose of this assignment includes:
- To become familiar with features of Windows and Windows
concepts and techniques such as:
by using Google Earth;
- The Desktop and Icons;
- Menu selections;
- Launching an application;
- Pointing, dragging, and clicking a mouse;
- Use of Menu Bars, Toolbars, Status Bars, and Task Bars;
- Use of Minimize, Maximize/Reduce, and Close bottons;
- Sizing and dragging windows;
- Using Scroll Bars and Scroll Buttons;
- Knowing concepts about storage devices, folders, and files;
- Saving & retrieving files.
- To learn to use Google Earth because:
- It will lead to learning Windows concepts
- It can be used as an computerized instructional tool to
demonstrate subjects including Geology, Geography, Navigation,
History, and many others;
- It's FUN!!!.
- To receive full credit, all specifications
must be meet and fulfill the assignment as an individual
- Read the NOTES at the bottom of the assignment
- Learning how to do this assignment:
- The following descriptions are the specifications for
- They are not a tutorial on how to
do the assignment;
- Discussion and demonstration on how to do the assignment
will be given in class on the demonstration day
for this assignment (please attend class that day for
- Use the Google Earth program which may or may not be on your computer.
if Google Earth is not installed on your computer, it can be easily installed
as described below, and is free of charge..
SPECIAL PRE-ASSIGNMENT INSTRUCTIONS:
Upon completion of this assignment, you will need to save the assignment to a:
- Flash memory drive or floppy disk;
- Your account ("Home Directory") on the UNLV Complabs Network;
- Your personal computer at home or work (if you work on your assignment off campus).
must be installed on the computer you are using. Google Earth
is installed on the computers in the classroom. It is not
installed on the
computers in the labs, but you are permitted to install Google Earth
lab computers. You may have to install Google Earth
on the computer you use
outside the classroom.
Do the following:
- Determine if Google Earth is installed on the computer you are using;
- If Google Earth is on the computer you are using, proceed to the
SPECIFICATIONS & INSTRUCTIONS below;
- If Google Earth is not installed on the computer you are using,
install Google Earth on the computer (if you have permission) as follows:
- Click the Web address below to link to the free Google Earth download;
- Follow the download instructions for installing Google Earth on
the computer you are using.
The Google Earth download & install link is:
SPECIFICATIONS & INSTRUCTIONS:
To receive full credit, you must do the following:
- While preparing to use Google Earth:
Launch Google Earth from Windows
or Start-Applications-Google Earth on the PC's in CSC-C129):
Set the following settings in Google Earth
- Choose your favorite place on Earth.
It may be a place you have been, or a place you would
like to go. It may be a place where you had
a semester break experience,
family reunion, vacation, or special event, or a place you would like to go.
The location should be the same place as you drew in your PAINT project.
You will need the image you create with Google Earth
in this project for future assignments;
- Do not make any indecent images;
- Do not recreate the image shown in the sample.
Create your own origional image;
Fly to your favorite place on Earth using Google Earth:
- In the Menu Bar's "View" Option:
- Activate the "Tool Bar" (Ctrl+Alt+T);
- Activate the "Side Bar" (Ctrl+Alt+B);
- Check the "Compass" check box (F11);
- Check the "Status Bar" check box;
- Checking the "Grid" check box (Ctrl-L) is optional.
It is very useful for understanding global navigation
(i.e., latitudes and longitudes) but may make the graphics
- Check the "Over Map" check box (Ctrl-M);
- Check the "Scale Legend" check box;
- Check the "Atmosphere" check box.
- On the Side Bar's "Layers" Options, check the following boxes:
Other Layers check boxes may be checked at your option. However,
additional checked boxes may make your screen appear very busy.
- 3D Buildings;
Save your view as a ".jpg" or ".jpeg" image on a flash memory drive or floppy disk
and on your home directory on the UNLV PC Network as follows:
- Locate your favorite place and fly to it using one of the following methods:
- Enter your destination in the "Fly To:" box in the left sidebar and
click the "Begin Search" button to the right of the "Fly To:" box, or
- Use the navigation tools in the top right corner of the the
Google Earth window to manually fly to your destination.
- Position the view of your destination for a picturesque view:
- The angle and view should be near ground level
(within several hundred feet);
- The view should show a three dimensional view of the surrounding terrain;
- The view should show a horizon with sky above the terrain.
- From the Google Earth window, click "File-Save-Save Image...", in the Menu Bar,
or strike the Ctrl+Alt+S keys all at the same time;
- In the "Save As" window, specify the device and/or folder in the "Save in:" box ,
and file name in the "File name:" box.
Create a file name that makes sence, such as "Assignment2" or
"Google Earth Pic".
You will need this image for several future assignments!;
- Print a copy of the labeled image and submit it on the
due date as your assignment as follows:
A color printout is not required - a black and white printout with
gray tones is sufficient.
Hand write on the paper below the picture:
- In Google Earth's Menu Bar, click File-Print;
- In the "Print" Window's "Print Options", select:
- "Graphics of 3D View", and
- For the "Print the current 3d view at the desired quality:",
select "Screen (932x685)" or "Screen (1042x679) or the closest
available screen resolution to 1000x700;
- Click the "Print" button.
- Your Name, ID#, Section#, and Assignment#.
- The name of your site on the picture;
- The Navigation Pointer's coordinates (Latitude and the Longitude) of your site;
- The Elevation (above sea level) of your site;
- The Eye Altitude of your snapshop taken with Google Earth;
Refer to the sample below for an illistration of what is expected.
- To receive full credit, all specifications must be met.
- A sample image meeting all the requirements is shown in the
- Be sure to save your image (in your student account and on
your flash memory drive
(for redundancy of backup)) for future use. You will
need it for several future assignments.
- Remember, your Google Earth image must be your own based on your own
use of Google Earth.
Do not recreate the image in the sample as your own.
The instructor and/or Grader will be verifying that all specifications stated above
in SPECIFICATIONS AND INSTRUCTIONS as well as ASSIGNMENT SUBMISSION were met
to receive full credit. Specifications missing will be the basis of deducted points.
Click Here To See Sample Of This Assignment