Friday, May 22, 2015

Making fun of geography


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GeogSplace (a teaching blog for Year 12 geography)
Spatialworlds website

Australian Geography Teachers' Association website

Making fun of geography

This posting showcases a collection of online activities to use in the geography classroom.

World Geography games: A collection of games involving labelling and shape matching on countries and geographical topics.

Spacehopper is a game based on Google Maps Street View imagery. Spacehopper shows a Street View image and you have to guess where in the world the image was captured. You can click the clue button to have the country identified before making a guess. After three incorrect guesses the correct answer will be revealed to you. You can play Spacehopper on a global level or you can specify that you only want to see images from a particular continent.

Smarty Pins is a Google Maps game develop by Google. Smarty Pins presents players with a trivia question that they have to answer by placing a pin on a map. Players earn or lose "miles" for correctly or incorrectly placing a pin on the map.  Geogrpahy is one of the games  available. 

Where is...?  In this game the name of a city is presented to the players and they have to click the map to guess where the city is located. Players are given immediate feedback on their accuracy in the form of a measurement, in kilometers, of the distance between their guesses and the correct answers.

Capital Toss is a free geography game from ABCya. The game has a state capitals mode and a country capitals mode. The name of a state or country appears at the bottom of the screen and three rows of capital names scroll across the top. When the correct capital name appears players virtually toss a ball at it. After ten correct answers players can choose a new ball. Three consecutive incorrect answers ends the game.

Math Trail provides an opportunity to ink geography with mathematics. Math Trail is a series of map based math trivia challenges. Each game follows a trail of locations that students have to find by using the clues provided. If they get stumped they can click "show location" but they lose the point value for the question. When they arrive at the correction location students have to answer the multiple choice math question presented to them before moving on to the next question in the trail.

Astronaut Scott Kelly has started a geography game, asking Twitter users to identify locations on Earth based on photos from space.

Nat Geo Games: Some great games from National Geographic.

GeoGuessr shows you a Google Street View image and a clue to try to guess where in the world the imagery was captured. Playing GeoGuessr is a fun way to get students to look at all of the visual and text clues they have in order to form a good guess as to where in the world they think the imagery came from.

Create your own games.
GeoSettr enables you to create your own GeoGuessr games. When you visit GeoSettr you'll see two screens. A map with a Pegman on your left and the Street View imagery for the Pegman's current location on your right. Move the Pegman around, zoom-in if you like, until you find the location that you want people to guess. When you've found the right location click "set round" to save the location. When you've set five rounds (locations) your game is assigned a URL that you can distribute.

Mission Map Quest, is a map-based tool for creating virtual treasure hunts. You create a series of clues that your students need to follow to identify places around the world. You can add as few or as many clues to your Map Quest as you like. When you're ready to have students try your Quest just give them the web address of the challenge or have them scan the QR code assigned to your Quest.

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