These 3 Apps Can Take You Anywhere!

Time is short, literacy and math are prioritized early and often, yet there are incredibly engaging social studies activities just an app store away! Let's model how easy and engaging interdisciplinary activities can be! Want to innovate and engage with little training for yourself? Try these 3 Google Maps apps asap! Writing prompt ideas, discussion topics, inquiry projects, etc all could be easily generated from these incredible apps. Enjoy!

Google Arts & Culture

Social Studies, and Science Collide with Beautiful Results-This is a Must Have App!!

The Google Arts and Culture app is a new creation by Google and it takes much of it's inspiration and content from the Google Cultural Institute website created by Google several years ago. The idea behind the Institute and now them mobile app is to bring the world's most well known arts & cultural landmarks and locations to the iPad because most people will never have a chance to tour these places in real life.

The app store description is: Keep exploring with Google Arts & Culture. Meet the people, visit the places and learn about the events that shaped our world. Discover collections curated by experts from the most famous museums. Be moved by stories depicted in thousands of photos, videos, manuscripts and artworks on every type of screen and in virtual reality. Find your favorite artworks, create your own collections and share them with friends.

Google Arts & Culture has collaborated with over 1,200 international museums, galleries and institutions from 70 countries to make their exhibits available for everyone online.

I can't emphasize enough how clear the tours are, and how easy it is to literally "walk around" in the museums, monuments, concert halls, etc. Get the kids up our of their seats and let them "walk around". This tool is Google Cardboard compatible, and if you wanted to look into how we could get some viewers at Oak Point, let me know!

Check out these videos-if they don't get you excited for the apps possibilities, then I don't know what will!

Google Earth

Google Earth is the original. The granddaddy of them all. Description in the app store: Fly around the planet with a swipe of your finger with Google Earth for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Explore distant lands or reacquaint yourself with your childhood home. Search for cities, places, and businesses. Browse layers including roads, borders, places, photos and more. See the world at street level with integrated Street View.

Use the “tour guide” to easily discover exciting new places to explore. With a quick swipe on the tab at the bottom of the screen, you can bring up a selection of virtual tours from around the globe.

With 3D imagery, you can now fly through complete 3D recreations of select cities, including San Francisco, Boston, Rome, and others. With every building modeled in 3D, you truly get a sense of flying above the city.

A couple of weeks ago in Mr Aslaakson's room we toured 10 sites (including the White House and Mt Rushmore) that they have been studying in class and the students loved it. Not only could we look at the sites from above, but by dragging Pegman (the little yellow guy) down to the ground, we could walk around and tour sites, inside and out.

Google Street View

Google Street View (link), according to the iTunes store is a tool to Explore world landmarks, discover natural wonders and step inside locations such as museums, arenas, restaurants and small businesses with Google Street View.

The beauty of Street View is that it's crowd sourced; meaning that owners of the app have created and uploaded their own 360 photos in order to create more digital renderings of real places.

Potential application: Have students "walk" from one site on the planet to another, and in some instances you can enter real buildings. "Walking" is just a double tap on the screen functionality. Check out this fun video to help you visualize the incredible power of this app!


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