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GeoGuessr

I learned about GeoGuessr on Teach Tech Play* last night. It’s a fun game where you are shown a random location on Google Street View and then, using what you see and your own knowledge, drop a pin on a map where you think it is. The closer you are the more points you get. Each game consists of 5 rounds/different locations.

There are a few variations available – you can limit to certain cities, countries or continents or “the world” is exactly that, you could be anywhere. Famous places is another option and usually a little easier, many of the world locations are very rural and literally could be anywhere…until you notice eucalyptus leaves or a left-hand drive car or snow…

GeoGuessr would make a great activity in class when you are looking for something quick and engaging. It runs well through a browser on an iPad or computer so is easy to project to a screen.

*And what is Teach Tech Play I hear you ask! It’s a monthly Hangout online run by three Melbourne teachers and featuring guests from around the world. It happens at 8pm on the first Monday of every month (except January). The guests and presenters each have four minutes to share a tool or teaching idea. Viewers can vote for their favourite presenter and the winner is crowned King or Queen. Previous episodes can be viewed via their website and the current episode, where GeoGuessr is shown is here:

Worth a read 07/15/2014

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Lesson “hooks”

Short videos can be a great “hook” or starting point for a lesson. Used judiciously a good video can provoke debate and discussion leading to creative problem-solving or critical thinking.

But where to find the perfect video? Youtube can be a gold mine but finding the perfect video that is suitable for use in primary or secondary education can be a challenge.

Luckily there are some expert curators out there, carefully selecting and contextualising video and sharing what they find to make our task of finding the perfect video much easier.

Here are a couple of my favourites:

Geography Soup

Geography soup is a Vimeo channel of

short films curated for Geography teachers to use in the classroom. Every one is chosen for its ability to take us slightly off the beaten track & to inspire us to learn & understand a little bit more about our planet & how we interact with it. Each film is a starting point to a lesson, a topic, a line of enquiry & a learning journey.

Titles range from Masaai life through a child’s eye to The world outside my window – time-lapses of earth from the International Space Station to Kilauea Volcano 2014 Time Lapse. Like all Vimeo channels you can browse alphabetically, by date added, or popularity.

The Kid Should See This

The kid should see this: cool videos for curious minds of all ages has heaps of fascinating videos categorised into science, technology, space, animals, food, music, art and animation. Curator and  blogger Rion Nakaya says

There’s just so much science, nature, music, art, technology, storytelling and assorted good stuff out there that my kids (and maybe your kids) haven’t seen. It’s most likely not stuff that was made for them…
But we don’t underestimate kids around here.

There’s so much fascinating stuff on this site it’s hard to know where to begin and new videos are added daily. Luckily everything is well-categorised and tagged making  browsing easy and you can save videos to easily access them again from the same computer. Warning – you could lose hours on this site!

If anyone can explain to me how How to create chocolate out of nothing works I’d be most grateful!

Numberphile

As you might suspect, Numberphile is a collection of videos about numbers, made by Brady Haran with the assistance of academics and other people passionate about maths. The videos are short and quirky and it’s easy to see how they could liven up a maths class. Numberphile has a cute visual index or you can choose to see a text version to search by topic. Numberphile is supported by the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute(MSRI), based in Berkeley, California.

Numberphile - Videos about Numbers and Stuff

TED-Ed

TED-Ed Original lessons feature the words and ideas of educators brought to life by professional animators. More than just videos to use as hooks, TED-Ed has lesson plans built around the short videos. The lessons are divided into watch, think (multiple choice and/or open-ended questions), dig deeper (additional resources to explore), and discuss.You can use a lesson as-is or customise it to your own needs. There are lessons for all subject areas including the arts, philosophy, science and technology, health, and social studies. There is plenty of interest here for all teachers but you can also become a registered user and build your own lesson around any video found on Youtube.

Google Cultural Institute

The Google Cultural Institute provides access to thousands of works of art and museum exhibits through an interactive, highly engaging portal. The aim is to make cultural heritage from around the world freely accessible to all. You will find artworks, landmarks and world heritage sites, as well as digital exhibitions that tell the stories behind the archives of cultural institutions across the globe.

You can take a virtual tour, see works in great detail and create your own gallery. There are special features for educators including the Art Project and the World Wonders Project.

This video  will give you a glimpse of what is available but (warning!) you will need to visit the site and be prepared to lose a few hours to start to see the magnitude of what is available.

The Google Cultural Institute is highly relevant to teachers of history, geography and of course art.