Google has opened their database of Street View images and information, allowing developers to create games and other applications. Here are just a few that might be of use in your classroom.
Street View, Google’s extensive collection of pictures taken along roads and non-roads all over the world, is a great resource for helping kids understand other cultures. And developers keep finding great new ways to use it.
GeoGuessr is one example.
When you start a game, you are presented with a random Street View from somewhere in the world and a map. Your task is to place a marker on the map as close to the location of the picture as possible. After five rounds you get a score based on the quality of your guesses.
The Challenge Mode requires a free account but allows you to challenge someone else to a game, and set a time limit if you want to.
The latest version of the site also offers games limited to a particular country, including the US, Canada, Japan, and Russia, as well as a few major cities like Paris and New York.
This could be a wonderful warmup exercise in world cultures, history or science, an activity that could help kids build their analytical skills.
Google Street View cars have driven down many streets around the world. But they’ve also taken their camera array inside of iconic buildings and other locations to offer a close up look. Here are just a few. You can find many more in Google’s Street View gallery.