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Virtual Field Trips with Google Maps

Annie Condron

I've always used Google maps for last minute directions, but I just recently discovered how to tap into its virtual field trip potential.

 

Turns out, you can literally get IN the map. It's a phenomenal way to explore with your students (or on your own!). Just pick a location you're learning about, scout it out before hand and let loose. Here are a few different approaches you can take:

 

With satellite views, you can look from above on the Great Wall of China or the Egyptian pyramids.

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There are video features that let you take the Eiffel Tower tour in Paris.

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With the "street" view, you pick up the little Google man and put him in the map all over the world. You can "virtually" walk the Las Vegas strip.

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Now, the street view where you can "walk" down the street is hit or miss. But I've found if you play with it a bit, you can still find some pretty cool pics, videos and different views.


What insider tips have you discovered for virtual learning? Share in the comments section!

 

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