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6 Sites To Get Kids Excited About Google Maps

6 Sites To Get Kids Excited About Google Maps
I can remember three distinct occasions in my life where I have been blown away by technology. I will save the first two for another day, but I will say that the amazing experience of walking the streets of New York, from my computer on the other side of the world in Australia is definitely one of them. That feeling of disbelief where you wonder if it is another April 1st prank… What, they actually drove a little car all around the city taking photos??? But they did… And they continue to do so. Google Maps started as a downloadable C++ program designed by two Danish brothers Lars and Jens Rasmussen. Since being acquired by Google in 2004, the program turned web app, has seen massive innovation and is now a tool used in nearly ever industry imaginable. Here are six brilliant sites that use Google Maps to make fascinating, interesting, fun and thought provoking things happen. Google Sightseeing Google Sightseeing lets you see the sights of the world without leaving your chair. MapCrunch Related:  Cultures and Geography Canada A land of vast distances and rich natural resources, Canada became a self-governing dominion in 1867 while retaining ties to the British crown. Economically and technologically the nation has developed in parallel with the US, its neighbor to the south across an unfortified border. Canada faces the political challenges of meeting public demands for quality improvements in health care and education services, as well as responding to the particular concerns of predominantly francophone Quebec. Canada also aims to develop its diverse energy resources while maintaining its commitment to the environment. The land now occupied by Canada was first inhabited approximately 16,000 years ago by aboriginal peoples. The beginning of the 20th century saw Canada's early involvement in World War I due to British control of its foreign affairs. Today, Canada is characterized by its socially democratic programs such as universal health care, the Canda Pension Plan, and Canada Student Loans.

The map as history : a multimedia atlas of world history with animated historical maps Create Maps : Scribble Maps Map Data Hybrid Road Satellite Terrain Update Log February 12, 2015 Added Map Styler Added Custom Style Support for images and widgets Fixed ToolTip bug (not showing) Added ability to Delete Maps to "Your Maps" Rolled out documentation at December 12, 2014 Happy Holidays! October 30, 2014 Added quick drag (shift key). October 29, 2014 Markers with no data are no longer clickable on widgets. September 25, 2014 Fixed image saving for non-google maps (such as OSM). August 13, 2014 Added crosshairs. August 12, 2014 Set a fixed measurement unit under settings Added a settings icon to menu Enabled Scale Control July 20, 2014 Added Recently Saved Maps on return. June 8, 2014 Added a "continue working" button to the save map info panel. May 30, 2014 Introduce Marker Highlighting for Drag. April 29, 2014 Converted embed codes to iframes, should improve support on blogs. April 21, 2014 Scribble Maps VIP Save larger images. Change Map Type and vendor. Zoom the map in and out. $5/month or $50/year

The Innovative Educator’s Five Fave Ways to Create a Global Communication Center with Google Whether you’re a classroom teacher or home educating family, you and the young people around you can collaborate with and connect to the world using Google tools. I’ve used numerous Google tools to connect to help myself and others connect to the world. I love using tools like Docs, Hangout, Goggles, Translate, Earth and more! To learn more, watch this video overview and share with others who are interested in using Google’s free tools to connect with the world. Then read about my fave five with a description of how to use each. I love creating Google docs with others who share my passions and interests. Docs - Create and share documents on the web and access them from any internet enabled device. 3 - Google Translate Google Translate allows us to finally be able to communicate with others even if we don’t speak the same language via text or spoken word. You can find out about anything in the world with Google Goggles. 5 - Google Earth

Desert Biomes by DesertUSA Personal Finance Free Course Materials Looking for some resources to teach your teens about personal finance? Check out these sites that provide complete courses and lesson plans. They're all free. Building Your Future Here you can download, in PDF format, a financial literacy curriculum that includes three teacher guides and three accompanying student books covering banking, financing and investing. Personal Finance Resource Book Developed by a business education and math teacher, these lessons are provided through Curriki, an open education resource site. Practical Money Skills A collection of teachers guides, student activities and presentations. National Financial Capability Challenge An educator toolkit consisting of lessons on earning, spending, saving, borrowing, and protecting against risk. Money Management Some basic lessons. For additional resources, click here.

Map Maker Google Map Maker officially closed on March 31, 2017, and many of its features are being integrated into Google Maps. Since 2008, the Google Map Maker community has edited and moderated millions of features to improve the Google Maps experience. To make it easier for all Google Maps users to contribute changes to the map, we’ve started to graduate functionality from Map Maker to Google Maps on both desktop and mobile. Key editing features currently available in Google Maps include: We’ll continue to add new editing features within Google Maps on an ongoing basis. To keep contributing your local knowledge to Google Maps and engage with a passionate community of likeminded individuals, we invite you to join the Local Guides program where you can do things like: Earn points Unlock rewards for submitting edits and other information Get early access to new Google Map features.

The Landscape: Get Your Teachers Learning and Sharing with Google Blogger Sharing is one of the most powerful tools that we as teachers have. Yet, most of the teachers in my school either don't see the value in it, or they are simply not interested in learning and sharing from each other. I am trying to find ways to get them inspired and motivated to WANT to learn and share with each other. Inspiration After reading What Ed Said: 10 Steps to Get Teachers Into Blogs, I became even more motivated and empowered to get my teachers learning and sharing together! Action Plan In order to get my colleagues sharing and learning with each other, I have been working with my Technology Specialist in my building. How it Works Our district recently signed up for Google Apps in Education. How to Get Your Teachers to BlogIf you are interested in creating a blog post, watch this screencast demonstration that I created on how to use Google Blogger. Benefits of Blogging