Quick overview: Google has finally brought their groundbreaking “Street View” technology to Canada! This amazing technology allows your students to virtually walk around the streets of Canadian cities and experience them as if they were really there. It’s EASY to use, no special software required, and is free. Works even better on a Interactive Whiteboard, such as a SMARTBoard.
How can it be used in the classroom: Using a digital projector, this technology can be used to take your students on a virtual tour of famous Quebec landmarks that the class may not otherwise have been able to travel to in person. French second language students can use this site to verbally describe various landmarks or buildings found in their own neighborhoods. In addition, this technology can be used as a starting point to bring up a class debate regarding privacy in the Internet age. Would your students be comfortable having others look up their home addresses? What would the pictures show? (i.e – Can you see what was in the garbage that day? Who was parked in the driveway?) Ultimately, do your students feel this technology is an invasion of our privacy or a beneficial technology?
Video Tutorial: To see an on-line video of Google Street view, please click the large play button below: