“How many of you have been to New York?”
Two students in my group raised their hand. I asked them to name some things they know about New York, and they really couldn’t tell me much. I, of course, knew a lot, because it’s my hometown. But I wanted their knowledge, not mine. This was the third time I had read “Chester Cricket’s Pigeon Ride”, and it needed spicing up! If not for my kids’ sake, then for mine.
Google Maps to the rescue! My students opened their laptops,logged on, and away we went to New York City! We went to the section where we could look at actual photos of New York City. We viewed the city using Panoramia, the kids took a virtual tour of New York City. It made me homesick.:( They were so excited! As they viewed the photos, they commented on everything. The height of the buildings, how many people there were, the view at night, all those lights! We returned to our list, and I asked the question, “What do you know about New York City?” My list filled up fast. Google Maps helped my kids go where they had never been without leaving their seats. Hopefully, it will give some of them that urge to travel outside their state as they grow,and allow them to open their minds to other places.
Anyway, we wrapped it all up with a rousing rendition of “New York, New York” by Frank Sinatra using an MP3 download found on, what else, Google! Nothing like a classroom full of 5th graders singing a Frank Sinatra song with their teacher the loudest of all. We had fun! Thank goodness, there’s Google!
Google Maps Webinar – Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Google Maps Webinar=Wednesday, April 13, 2011