Imagine you are a trained undercover agent. While helping a little old lady across the street after saving stranded kittens stuck in a tree, you’re ambushed by evil doers.
You’re taken prisoner, shoved in the trunk of their getaway car, and transported to a secret location.
But because you are a trained undercover agent, you’re able to escape. The problem? You’re not sure where you are. You could be in any city in the world!
And so begins your adventure in the very cool, free, online, geo-based game called Pursued. Using the Street View feature of Google Maps, the makers of Pursued have created a great way for you to trains kids to ask questions, use visual clues, think spatially, become comfortable with geography tools, create mental maps, and solve problems all while having a good time. Read more
The title should really read Sweeeeet – with a lot of extra eeee’s. Because Google Earth’s latest update incorporates an incredibly tasty feature.
Called Tour Guide, the feature provides guided excursions to and through a wide variety of geographic places, both famous and obscure. There are over 100,000 tours in 200 countries with more than 1,000,000 photos now available – from flying tours of the Roman Coliseum to Dodge City’s Boot Hill.
For any newbies out there, I love a good map. I buy maps. I like the smell of old maps. I especially like using technology with maps.
And I think that as social studies teachers we sometimes forget the power of maps. We have “too much to cover” and “don’t have time for geography.” But we do our students a disservice when we ignore the fascination and appeal of maps.
Miles Harvey, author of The Island of Lost Maps, understands what a good map can do:
Sometimes a map speaks in terms of physical geography, but just as often it muses on the jagged terrain of the heart, the distant vistas of memory or the fantastic landscape of dreams.
A recent addition to the interwebs is right up my alley.
Called Old Maps Online, it lets you search for online digital historical maps across numerous different collections via a geographical search. Search by typing a place-name or by clicking in the map window, and narrow by date. The search results provide a direct link to the map image on the website of the host institution.
The difference between Old Maps Online and other online map sites is that OMO is a portal, not a collection. It basically uses a Google Mpa interface and a slider timeline feature to help you narrow down time and place – it then uses its access to the online collections of five institutions to give you a set of maps from which to choose.