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Global news with a spatial perspective: Interesting, current supplemental materials for geography students and teachers. http://geographyeducation.org
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Google Maps Smarty Pins

Google Maps Smarty Pins | Geography Education | Scoop.it
Smarty Pins is a Google Maps based geography and trivia game.
Seth Dixon's insight:

As stated in a review of Smarty Pins on Mashable, "Google unveiled a fun new game this week that tests players' geography and trivia skills.  Called 'Smarty Pins' the game starts players off with 1,000 miles (or 1,609 kilometers if they're not based in the United States), and asks them to drop a pin on the city that corresponds with the correct answer to a given question." 


This game is wonderfully addictive...I haven't enjoyed a mapping trivia platform this much since I discovered GeoGuessr.  I answered 38 questions before I ran out of miles...how far did you get?  


Tagsgoogle, fun, mapping, place, trivia.

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Giovanni Sonego's curator insight, July 7, 1:52 AM

Un gioco lanciato da Google che mette alla prova la conoscenza della geografia. 

Viene posta una domanda, che ha come risposta una località. Google più o meno fa vedere una porzione di mappa che comprende anche la città/risposta. Per rispondere si prende il PIN e lo si posiziona nel luogo corretto. 

Molto divertente, ma ci sono due difetti che spero vengano presto corretti. Innanzitutto ci sono un po' troppe domande sulle vicende inglesi. Ma che cavolo ne so io, di quale città era Duca un certo ceffo dell'inizio del '900? Suvvia... 

E poi, anche google, maledetti, posizionano la mappa in modo che la città/risposta si trovi in un raggio di 1000 miglia (o 1600 km e rotti). Ma si può? Ragazzi (dico a Google) guardate che il sistema metrico internazionale è quello decimale basato sul metro, mica su miglia, pietre, piedi, pertiche, pollici e pezzoloni!

flea palmer's curator insight, July 7, 7:33 AM

This is really good fun - I got gold (14/15) not sure how many miles though!

Tom Franta's curator insight, July 10, 6:54 AM

An interesting way to get anyone interacting with Google Maps...

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Can You Name These Cities by Their Starbucks Locations?

Can You Name These Cities by Their Starbucks Locations? | Geography Education | Scoop.it

"Can you recognize it by its Starbucks locations?  Let’s find out. This quiz shows all of the Starbucks locations within the city boundaries of 20 domestic or foreign cities, and for each you must name the city depicted from four choices."

Seth Dixon's insight:

This is my favorite place-based guessing game since GeoGuessr (5 locations in GoogleMaps "StreetView" and you have to guess where).  This isn't about knowing Starbucks locations, but understanding spatial urban economic patterns (just as this article showing the locations where McDonald's and Burger King will place stores also relies of understanding urban economic patterns).  In this Starbucks game you have to recognized the shape of the city, major street patterns and the economic patterns just to name a few.  This is one way to make the urban model more relevant.       


Tags: urbanmodels, economic, trivia.

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Courtney Burns's curator insight, November 24, 2013 3:53 PM

Unfortuntaley I wasn't very good at this game. I believe I ended up getting 5 answers correct. However what was intersting about this article was to see how each starbucks was placed in certain areas. There were so much more starbucks locations in city areas. The starbucks' also typically were off of main highways or corners. This is for similiar reasons to what we dicussed about dunkin donuts in class. People are only going to travel so far for coffee. If it is not convienent then people will go else where. It is not like car dealership where people will drive out of their way to look. For a coffee people on average may drive 5 minutes. Anything too out of the way people will avoid. That is why there are so many starbucks and dunkins so close to eachother. They are set up equdistant from each other in locations that are convient for people around the area to try and get them to choose their coffee. It is typical to put a coffee shop on the main roads like we see in the maps, as well as in numerous locations to convience the whole area. The more convient the shop the more money they will make. That is why there are some many locations so close to each other. It is interesting to see it visually on a map just how many locations there actually are. 

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GeoGuessr - Let's explore the world!

GeoGuessr - Let's explore the world! | Geography Education | Scoop.it
GeoGuessr is a geography game which takes you on a journey around the world and challenges your ability to recognize your surroundings.
Seth Dixon's insight:

When I was a child I used to wonder if woke up somewhere far from home, would I be able to know where I was just by looking at the places around me (I was a geo-geek from way back when).  GeoGuessr is the closest thing to finding yourself lost in the world and needing to figure out where you are without being wisked away.  GeoGuessr will display 5 locations in GoogleMaps "StreetView" and you have to guess where the images are located.  You can pan and zoom in the StreetView to explore the landscape and find more context clues as to where that location is.  It is a fantastic exploration exercise.   


Tags: landscape, place, trivia.

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Eric Raposo's curator insight, September 11, 2013 11:28 AM

Very inteesting to see if on could guess where places are :)

Meagan Harpin's curator insight, September 11, 2013 11:29 AM

Challenging but very fun!

Maegan Connor's curator insight, September 11, 2013 12:06 PM

This is the next best alternative to exploring the world right now.

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Using GeoGuessr in the Classroom

Using GeoGuessr in the Classroom | Geography Education | Scoop.it

In May 2013, GeoGuessr came online and quickly became a favorite quiz game of geo-enthusiasts.  Using 5 random locations in Google Street View.  The game player can search the area in Street View and then make a guess as to where it is on the map."

Seth Dixon's insight:

So how can a geography teacher leverage this new platform to enhance the classroom experience?  Teachers can allow the students to explore the various locations to analyze the cultural landscape.  It is randomized, but teachers can now create their own GeoGuessr quizzes using GeoSettr.  Anyone can arrange 5 locations into a customized quiz with a unique URL.  Try this quiz I created (hints below): 

  1. Deindustrialization has led to rapid population decline and dramatic property devaluations in this city. Recently this city became the largest U.S. city to ever declare bankruptcy.
  2. This is near my favorite lake to go canoeing…for you movie buffs it was the location for the film “On Golden Pond.”
  3. This entire country is incredibly vulnerable to tsunamis, hurricanes and climate change. This country is composed of 26 atolls with hundreds of micro-islands, this highest elevation in this country 8 feet above sea level.
  4. My favorite National Park is especially noteworthy for geothermal structures. This is the location of the most famous icon in this western National Park.
  5. One of my favorite cities in the world is also one of the largest. It sits in a high altitude basin that traps pollution and requires the county to “import” water resources and “export” waste.
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Melina Walton's comment, November 28, 2013 12:36 AM
Hello! I like your quiz design using GeoSettr. I actually cam here to your site today to gain some inspiration for some activities for the last lesson of the year. :)
Melina Walton's comment, November 28, 2013 12:38 AM
When introducing the variety of coastal ecosystems, I got students to design coastal GeoGuessr quizzes to challenge other groups - it worked so well!
Mrs. B's curator insight, December 3, 2013 5:46 PM

FUN!

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Tips for the Google Maps Guessing Game

Tips for the Google Maps Guessing Game | Geography Education | Scoop.it
Seth Dixon's insight:

In this interview with Rosemary Wardley (senior GIS cartographer at National Geographic Maps) she offers tips on how to evaluate the landscape to do well on the game, GeoGuessr.  If you haven't played GeoGuessr, you've got to try it out.  It displays 5 locations in GoogleMaps StreetView and you have to guess where the images are located.  You can pan and zoom in the StreetView to explore the landscape and find more context clues as to where that location is.  It's a fantastic exploration exercise.   


Tags: landscape, place, trivia.

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Nicholas Pringle's curator insight, June 3, 2013 4:44 AM

This has great potential for a education geography tool. Very creative!

fabio sousa's comment, June 3, 2013 6:00 AM
hshahda´~
Todd Parsons's curator insight, October 28, 2013 2:41 PM

Say goodbye to getting anything done...