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Google Launches “Views” for Users to Share Panoramic Photos

Google just announced Views, a community that allows its users to share their panoramic photos via their Android device (sorry iOS, Windows Phone, and Blackberry users; it’s proprietary). This program has been incorporated into the new Google Maps program.

To learn more about the Views launch and its impact on the Google Maps community, see the official blog post by Google: “Introducing ‘Views’ – a new way to Contribute your 360° photo spheres to Google Maps.”

A photo sphere in the new Google Views, courtesy of Google Images

A photo sphere in the new Google Views, courtesy of Google Images

Explore the new Google Maps

Google has released its new version of Google maps. It has lots of cool and interesting features. If you haven’t explored it yet, click here for a brief overview. You can also get a great video overview by watching the video below.

Google Maps continues to be an excellent tool in the classroom. If you want some great ideas for use with your students, check out the Google Maps Education Forum.


Learn to Use the New Google Maps & Google Earth for Education via Free Mapping with Google Class

Google is offering a free course on using the new Google Map and Google Earth for Educators!

Course Information

Mapping with Google will be offered from June 10 – June 24. It is a self-paced, online course where you will watch videos (or read text lessons) and apply the skills you learn.

During this course, you will be able to collaborate with a worldwide community of learners and experts in the class forum, Hangouts, and via Google+.

Course completion requires an internet-enabled desktop or laptop computer.

You can enroll in this free course here.

Use Google Maps to Tour Fukushima Exclusion Zone


Google street view of wreckage along the road.

Google street view of wreckage along the road.

Google Maps has just released an updated that includes street views of Namie-machi. A town in the exclusion zone of the Fukushima disaster.

“Working with Google, we were able to drive Street View cars through Namie-machi to capture panoramic images of the abandoned city exactly as it stands today… so anyone from Namie or around the world can view it.”

Read about the project in Google’s Official Blog; it’s a surprisingly touching and emotional piece about how this disaster has impacted not only the people of Japan, but throughout the world.

Explore the World at your Desk with the Google World Wonders Project

Screen Shot 2013-03-20 at 11.27.34 AMIf you are familiar with google maps and google earth, then the next venue for your is the Google World Wonders Project. The project covers six continents (including Antarctica)  and focuses on natural as well as manmade wonders. You can walk through the ruins of Pompeii, swim at the Great Barrier Reef, stand in the middle of Stonehenge, fly through the Grand Canyon, and more.

The Education provides lesson plan ideas for teachers of K-12 students. It’s a great way to incorporate these sites in your social studies and science curriculum.

Use Google Maps to Explore Everest and Kilimanjaro

Base Camp at Everest via Google Maps

Base Camp at Everest via Google Maps

I know that I will never climb Mount Everest or Mount Kilimanjaro  for several reasons. First, I don’t really like to spend time outside. Second, the hefty price tag (Everest climbs average $55,000). Now, google has made it possible for me and a classroom of students to explore these amazing sites from the comfort of home. Using Google Maps on your computer or smartphone, you can explore base camp and peaks of Mount Everest, Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Elbrus and Aconcagua. This is an exciting addition to the Google Maps respository.

Learn more about these new tools on Google’s Blog and check out the story of Google’s employees that traveled and hiked these mountains to bring us these amazing shots at Lat Long.

To Geography & Beyond with Google Earth & Google Maps

Richard Byrn, the popular blogger at Free Technology for Teachers and Practical Ed Tech is offering an exciting new Webinar about using Google Earth & Google Maps in the classroom. The 3 part course is offered over a three week period. The course…

is designed to teach teachers how to use Google Earth and Google Maps in their classrooms. The obvious uses of these tools are in geography lessons. In this course we’ll start with social studies and move into uses of Google Earth and Google Maps in language arts, science, and mathematics (elementary level) lessons.

To learn more or to register, see the website: “Google Earth & Maps | Practical Ed Tech.”

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