Every Friday, I share a website (or app) that I’ve heard about, checked into, been excited to use.
History, culture, geography
Through a partnership with UNESCO and World Monuments Fund, Google World Wonders Project brings 132 world heritage sites (in 18 countries) of the modern and ancient world online. Using Street View, 3D modeling and other Google technologies, with the addition of videos, photos, and in-depth information, anyone with a web browser can now explore Pompeii, the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, the Great Barrier Reef, Yellowstone National Park, Stonehenge, and more, as if you were there.
- Why is Google doing this? It goes to their daunting mission: To organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. World of Wonders follows in the footsteps of projects like Google Books (the massive undertaking to make the world’s books available for free online) and sharing the Dead Sea Scrolls online–undertakings that have changed the way the world accesses information.
- To get started, flick through the picture carousel on the homepage or play with the globe to discover random sites from all over the world. You can also find places by themes or locations chosen over the drop-down panel on the top of the homepage. For more guidance, watch the demo that can be found by clicking the “i”-icon on the homepage.
- How can you use it? Start with history, move on to geography, even math. Then, let your imagine loose.
- For more on World of Wonders, click on this video:
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Jacqui Murray is the editor of a K-6 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, creator of two technology training books for middle school and six ebooks on technology in education. She is the author of Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is webmaster for six blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for Examiner.com, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, Cisco guest blog, Technology in Education featured blogger, IMS tech expert, and a bi-weekly contributor to Write Anything. Currently, she’s editing a thriller that should be out to publishers next summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.