Imagine, while teaching a lesson in Social Studies (Parliament Bldg? Eiffel Tower? Niagra Falls?), being able to access a web cam easily without having to go on a massive Web hunt. Or, have you wondered what web cams are available that you might not have thought of? I found a quick and easy way to do this on Google Maps! In the upper right hand corner, click on the Satellite or Map boxes, and check the Web Cam choice. Little icons of available web cams appear on the map, and if you zoom in closer, more choices appear. What fun!
If you are a Social Studies teacher and wish for students to see the history and geography in one map, History Pin is for you. This video explains it best!
During a previous SuperBowl, you probably saw the Google ad that set to video a gentleman’s search on Google about Paris. You can do likewise by making your own Google search video. Make your search into a “story” and set it to music! I tried one about a recent plumbing issue and really enjoyed making it. Try it out!
Google announces a site for lesson plans for how to teach web searches using Google at www.google.com/educators/searchlessons: Module 1: Understanding search engines; Module 2: Web search techniques and strategies, and Module 3: Google web search features.
Were you at NECC 09? Links can be found here (scroll to the bottom) for presentations by Google.
This is a day of gold mines for primary sources. I was reading David Warlick’s 2 Cents Worth and was “pumped” when I read his post that Life Magazine’s photos are now being posted on Google. Instead of reinventing the wheel, why not read his post at 2 Cents Worth? Click here for the link to the Google site. Enjoy!