Hi everyone, this is Antonio with your guest blog post for today.
Many times we find ourselves teaching to our students and they find it hard to visualize far-off destinations that we are covering. As we know visuals are important in any lesson; showing them where events take place or a significant geographical point can be the difference between a student being engaged or not in a lesson.
Google Maps has a great feature called Google Street View. With Google Street View you can take students to see a first-person perspective or tour various locations around the world. There are some very impressive locations to choose from such as national parks, national monuments, museums, and zoos to name a few.
Matt Miller shares some great ideas as well on his website “Ditch That Textbook” (https://ditchthattextbook.com/20-locations-to-tour-virtually-with-google-maps-street-view/). Many of these locations can be used for educational purposes and others for enrichment activities with the students.
I have personally used these Google Map features during lessons and as an enrichment activity during summer school (https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B36AOBXkrde-VkNxZGxYYmZJUzQ/view?usp=sharing).
Many students are amazed when they go and see these places in first person and they truly enjoy the experience.
3rd Grade Teacher
Lucas Elementary Dual Language Academy