If you attended one of my sessions with this title, thank you and I hope you feel the time was well spent.
On this page you will find all of the references and examples I used in the presentation. In addition, I’ve included some additional resources you can use to continue and extend your learning.
The links and information on this page were accurate as of the date on the post but, like everything on the web, will change over time. If you have any questions, corrections, or ideas to improve this page, please leave me a note in the comment form.
In the first part of the session I used Google Earth for the presentation, as sort of a more interesting version of PowerPoint. If you would like to learn how to do the same, take a look at Presenting With Google Earth. You can also find many more tutorials for using Google’s mapping resources by searching this site.
Google Sightseer – A monthly email newsletter that links to some new and interesting features in the various mapping tools and includes some fun where-in-the-world challenges like this one I’ve used in recent sessions. Another way to keep up on changes to Google’s geo resources is to follow their Maps blog, written by the smart people who build these resources.
Photo Sphere is a relatively new feature embedded in Google Maps that brings you inside a 360° spherical photograph, like this example from the Albuquerque Balloon Festival. Many of those photo spheres were contributed by amateur photographers using the camera in their smartphones (iPhone and Android), DSLRs, and specialized equipment. See Google’s site for complete information.
World Wonders Project is a part of the Google Cultural Institute that features collections of Street View images, exhibits, photographs, videos and more from iconic locations all over the world. Although currently concentrated in Europe, Google is adding new sites all the time. Use the map to find some in the area of the world that interests you.
Another part of the Institute is Historic Moments, collections centered around specific events and where we visited the Eiffel Tower, and the Art Project featuring images of hundreds of art works (many in extremely high resolution) from museums all over the world.
For more about Google’s off road “street view”, visit their Treks page. While you’re there, visit the Behind the Scenes page to learn about how they capture the images and to see a map of where the Google cameras have traveled so far.
Google LitTrips – A concept created by an English teacher who wanted to help his students better understand The Odyssey. The site has grown to include hundreds of resources that use Google Earth to add geographic information to many works of literature taught in K-12 and even college.
An interesting application of Street View is the game GeoGuessr. The site drops you into a random street view site somewhere in the world and you must pin it on the map (or as close as possible). After five rounds, you get a score based on how close you came to each location. If you’d like to make your own GeoGuessr challenge, visit GeoSettr.
A variation of GeoGuessr, is the site GR8CTZ (Great Cities) of the World. Here you can choose your level of difficulty and continent after which the game drops you into street view of a city. You must determine in which city you are.
Another famous site that was recently visited by the Street View cameras is Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s home near Charlottesville, Virginia. To enter, go to the location in Google Earth (drop the Peg Man onto the house) or Google Maps (click the house and then click Street View in the tools area). Or read the post from Google’s LatLong blog for links to some of the major rooms.
If you would like to really dig into using Google’s mapping tools for instruction, consider joining us for the North Tier course Telling the World’s Stories Using Google’s Mapping Tools. This six week class is conducted completely online and will cover how you and your students to create projects that include custom maps. For details, visit the North Tier site.