General Directions for participation in the Poetry of Place Projects

1. Join Wikispaces.

1a. Open your Internet browser.
1b. Go to Wikispaces -
1c. Pick a username. My suggestion is to use your school email Username: ex. tcooper66.
1d. Set your password. My suggestion is to use your school password: ex. betsy1022
1e. Enter your email address. My suggestion is to use your school email address, or to use a Gmail account.
1f. You do not need to create a space, as asked in question #4 on Wikispaces. You are going to be joining our project space in the next set of directions.
1g. Click "Join".

2. Join the Poetry of Place project space.

2a. In the search string on the homepage you see after you join, type in "cleanwaterhseds".
2b. Click on the link for the site.
2c. If this doesn't work for some reason, type the site URL in the browser's address bar:
2d. Click "Join this Space" in the left-hand sidebar.
2e. Send the project coordinator a short message letting them know who you are where you teach.
2f. Give the project coordinator at least 24 hours to approve your membership.
2g. Once you are a member, you can post information to the site.

3. Email the project coordinator your intent to participate and your school information.

3a. Email the coordinator (Katie Hartsock) at:
3b. Include your school information: School Name; School Address; School Website; School Contact; Contact Email; Contact Phone; Course Name; Preferred Project Option; Number of Google Earth Licenses Needed (typically 21 are given).
3c. Post this information to the "Participating Schools" page.

Remember: Each school is typically given 21 licenses; 20 for a school lab and one for the teacher's computer, either in the lab or at home. If you need less or more licenses, please let us know. We will try to accommodate you.

4. Create a class page. (optional)

Each participating school has been given a page where they can upload information about their school and/or class. Creating a page is a great way for other schools to get to know something about your school and your class. It helps to building an online community of trust between us. You can access your page on the "Participating Schools" page by clicking on the link for your school.

Remember: Do not put up information about students that might compromise their personal security. It is your responsibility to ask administrators, students and parents at your school what your school's Internet policies are and what you can post to the web. It is always a good idea to develop an informed consent document which all parties should sign. Informed consent documents briefly describe the project, inform all involved parties what the information will be used for, and where the information will be stored.

5. Download the Google Earth Pro software onto your lab's computers and register it:

5a. Open your internet browser.
5b. Copy and paste the following URL into the browsers address bar and then hit enter.
5c. Choose "I have a Username and License Key", and need to download Google Earth Pro for Windows" (or Mac)
5d. Click "Next"
5e. Click "Agree and Download"
5f. Choose the correct version
5g. Download and save the file "GoogleEarthWinProSetup.exe" to where you usually install software (i.e. "Program Files")
5h. The software should start to install automatically.
5i. The first time you log in, it will ask you for the Username and License Key. Use the one provided above.
5j. Make sure to check the box "Initiate Automatic Login", that way you will not have to enter the username and login key each time a student uses the software.

Remember: Contact the project technology coordinator (Thomas Cooper at: ) to obtain your Google Earth Pro licenses. Keys are good for 1 year from the install date. If a computer has to be reimaged, the key is no longer any good. You will need to download another one. Please notify me before you try to download an extra key, so I can keep track of it under my grant.

6. Learn how to use the Google Earth Pro software.

A number of screencasts have been created to help you learn to use Google Earth. These screencasts can be found at this site on the "Tutorials" page.

7. Complete the Steps of the Project.

8. Upload Student Information At Each Stage.

9. Participate in Scheduled Meetings.

10. Notify the project coordinator that you need your data added to the composite layer.

14. Use the composite layer to analyze the data.