Just as it sounds. These are bingo cards for students to use while exploring Google Streetview. Students are asked to find such things as snow, a dirt road, a sign that is not in English, etc. Students use their critical thinking skills and pre-existing knowledge of geography to locate the targets.
Intentions of the activity:
- apply critical thinking skills
- apply knowledge of geography
- exposure to new places, geographies
- learning to use a common map tool to navigate and zoom in
I have found that students get absorbed in this activity. I give my middle school students a 1 minute explanation of how to use Google Streetview (how to drag the little yellow guy onto the map), and then let them explore. I have no rules against using the search function in Google Maps or information elsewhere on the internet, but I don't give that hint unless it is necessary for a frustrated student.
I have observed students sharing ideas and their knowledge of places in this activity. The first time I tried it, when the game finished and my students had 8 minutes or so of free time, I had students showing each other their grandmothers' houses, or the places they'd visited or lived.
Once students are acquainted with Google Maps, you can single challenges at the start of a computer lab period or as a sponge activity instead of or before games. For example, I have told students that they may have free time after their typing practice and work for the day... once they have found a polar bear in Google Streetview. Or, once they have found the giant goose in Wawa, or the blueberry in Oxford.
key words: geography, technology, maps, mapping, Google Maps, computer, bingo, social studies, middle school