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 Tour – Disaster Areas
    by Adam Zalewski (@azalewski)

    I teach topics in radiation biology and we review disasters that have happened. I have attached a link of a view Google Street views of different locations around Chernobyl – areas which they will never be able to (hopefully) visit due to the radiation. Google can allow us to see what is not possible which more… »

  • Activity #3 – Virtual Field Trips
    by Tam Visser (@t_visser2)

    The use of technology in the classrooms have so many unique advantages, including the use of virtual field trips. I have always thought of field trips for exploring a place, but this activity allowed me to discover some great alternatives for our digital literacy computer classes! These classes are offered to our community as a more… »

  • Virtual field trip
    by Afshan Jabeen (@ajabeen)

    These virtual tours are a great idea to boost students’ learning. I chose the Taj Mahal as it is a symbol of love, patience, and empathy. By connecting the Taj Mahal to science, students can gain a deeper understanding of the intersection between culture, history, and scientific inquiry while fostering critical thinking and problem-solving skills. more… »

  • Google earth Timelapse – Climate change
    by NIsha Sheen (@NSheen)

    I used to share ‘before and after’ images from NASA to illusrate the effect of climate change  and natural disasters. Thanks to Google earth Timelapse. The example I chose here is Columbia glacier retreat and I find it an incredible resource to provide a profound perspective on the gravity of the issue.

  • MapCrunch and Culture
    by Heather Somerville (@hsomerville)

    I have never considered before that I could use tools like MapCrunch and Geoguesser in my Multiculturalism class. A fun activity would be to have students open a random location on MapCrunch (because a sign-in isn’t need) and see what elements of culture or identity they can find to help determine location. The idea would more… »

  • Art Heist Tour
    by Jennifer Lorraine Fraser (@jenniferlorraine33)

    Thinking about the different possibilities and professions when studying art history, I created a quick Field Trip to the location of an art heist that has not yet been solved. This type of tour could be used in multiple types of classrooms, not only for art history students. The beauty of a field trip engages more… »

  • 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… »

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