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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.