Experiment to create a field work inspired activity for one of your courses using one of the following virtual tour experiences:

  • Google Streetview connects with Google’s map service to show fully navigable views of map locations. This offers a means to observe anywhere on earth they have mapped. The Streetview Gallery provides examples of where you can go.
  • MapCrunch uses Streetview to transport you to a random location in the world. This might work as a writing prompt or an exercise to explore the cultures where you land.
  • Geoguesser provides random Streetview Images from around the world wrapped in a game format for identifying the location.
  • Google Museum View uses the same technology to map streets to provide walk through tours of museums around the world.
  • Google Map Treks takes to you inside the Taj Mahal, down inside the Grand Canyon, the Sambura National Refuge in Kenya, the Giza Pyramids in Egypt, and more.
  • Google Earth lifts you from the streets to explore the entire globe. Explore any location in full 360 degree navigation.
  • Google Earth Timelapse provides a way to explore satellite images of different locations over different periods of times.
  • Google Tour Creator helps you create your own virtual reality tours.

To do:

  1. Explore one or more of these virtual tours.
  2. Record the web address to a specific tour that you can build a lesson on the experience.
  3. In your response describe how you could integrate the tour and what it might offer your students.
  4. After you make your submission, save the web address to your response (found in the green confirmation box) so you can use it later for your badge submission form. 

This activity is part of the Let’s Experiment section of the Experimenter Module.

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  • Virtual Field Trip Vimy Ridge
    by Mary Chaktsiris (@mchaktsi)

    If the link doesn’t work directly, it’s google earth and a visit to Vimy Ridge Memorial, France. It’s even better on a smartphone or tablet!

  • Virtual Field Trip: Protecting the Earth
    by Susan (@Susan Wilks)

    Protecting the Earth’s Wild Places, the Human Impact Map identifies the areas of our planet’s relatively natural landscapes.  It illustrates the areas of low human populations and activities, where nature is still largely untouched. This virtual fieldtrip could be used in several ways, from environmental stewardship to further understanding the Indigenous Land Back movement.  There more… »

  • Walking the City
    by Monica Flegel (@mflegel)

    I often teach Michel de Certeau’s chapter on “Walking the City” in my cultural studies courses. Usually, I include static maps of cities and ask students how they would move through them, but using the Google “Arts & Culture” link, I discovered the “White City” link of Tel Aviv and its modernist architecture. I can more… »

  • Virtual Field Trips
    by Victoria Jackson (@victoriaj)

    I used Timelapse in Google Earth and selected a timelapse of the city of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I would ask students to identify the changes they see to the land, the water, and ask them what this kind of change might mean for the environment. Describe the expansion. How would this affect local plants and more… »

  • Google Earth to support Case Study
    by Valerie McQueen (@Vmcqueen)

    I do a case-study on road reconstruction in Fond-du-Lac, Minnesota.  It’s difficult for the students to picture where this is and the impact.  I used Google Earth to review the location and will incorporate this into my next case study review with students. This will allow for a better understanding of the case, and make more… »

  • A City I Know and Love
    by Sarah Darling (@SDarling)

    Our level 1 English students could use Google Arts and Culture either as a starting off point, or as a presentation point in their final assessment for level 1 – A City I Know and Love. For the presentation, students talk about activities they did in their city, and compare cities. Students could explore sites more… »

  • Tour: Great Pyramid of Giza
    by Lori Martin (@LMartin)

    What a great tour of the Giza Pyramids. This would be a great intro to a class on Stone, or Restoration, or the history of masonry. The pictures are excellent, and there is a lot of quick facts also. I think this could lead to great discussions, starting perhaps with the talking prompt of “what more… »

  • Project RIsk Identification
    by John Colling (@johncolling)

    In our project risk management course, a key learning component is the ability to identify project risks. Project risks can be both positive and negative. One assignment is to identify the risk of building a school in a remote location. By using Google Maps, I can show then Iqaluit, the Capital of Nunavut here in more… »

  • Worldwide research
    by Lynne Kennette (@LynneKennette)

    Using MapCrunch, which randomly puts you somewhere in the world, I would ask students to pick 3 locations of the first 10 they are shown and to do some digging about the types of psychology research that has been published in that area (looking for universities and/or papers who studied students from that region). Then, more… »

  • Virtual Field Trip – Colorado River
    by Elizabeth Stanley (@Penny123)

    My Project Management class students are all graduate engineers.  Many of them are visual learners so the pictures of the Colorado River  in the Google Map Trek provide them with context.  I plan to have them discuss project management issues that I have created that relate to the Colorado River.  Many of my students can more… »

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