If you were able to attend my session at the 2015 JOSTI Conference, thank you and I hope you feel the time was well spent. On this page I’ve included all the resources that I intended to address, plus a few more for you to explore on your own. I will also update this page based on your questions and the diversions that always occur when discussing the wide world of Google.
Google Maps – this is Google’s general site that many people use for getting from place A to place B. There is much more to see, however.
Street View and Photo Sphere – features selections of the best scenes on the Map, both taken by Google’s own Street View vehicles and by amateur photographers.
Google Treks – takes at look at Street View that’s not on streets like the Great Barrier Reef, the Amazon River, and the Grand Canyon.
Street View: Behind the Scenes – if you’re curious about how Google captures their images and where they’ve gone.
Show your class the world with Google Maps – some ideas for using Google Maps for instruction.
Google My Maps – now part of public Google Drive accounts (coming soon to Google Apps for Education), My Maps allows you to create custom maps, including images and video, and share them with others for viewing or collaboration.
Some examples of My Maps
Flat Stanley – created by students in three first grade classes to record where their characters have traveled (with some typing help from adult volunteers)
The London of Sherlock Holmes – map showing the locations mentioned in multiple books by Sir Arthur Conan
Growth of the US – a map showing the territories acquired by the US during it’s history.
Map of high schools in Fairfax County – another example of using My Maps as a collaborative reference tool.
Layout a Google Earth Tour Using My Maps – this is the activity we did during the session to create a tour of the world’s tallest man-made structures.
Google Earth – this is Google’s free, stand-alone geographic software that incorporates everything in Maps and a whole lot more.
Google Cultural Institute – multiple sites that include the Google Art Project, featuring high-resolution images of artworks from museums in over 40 countries; the World Wonders Project, which combines information and Street Views of world heritage sites; and Historic Moments, online exhibits telling the stories behind major events in history.
Take your class to the museum using Google Cultural Institute – Google’s guide for using the Institute pages.
Using Google Cultural Institute Resources in the Classroom – Instructional ideas plus tutorials on how to use the different features.
Google Art Project WebQuest – Created by a teacher for her 9th grade art history students to build their own art gallery, this is a good example of one way to use the site.
9 Ideas for integrating the Google Art Project in your curriculum – more good ideas.
Building a Museum of Museums on the Web – Short TED talk from 2011 on the origins of the project.
Behind the Scenes – Video on how Google captures super high resolution images of the art pieces.