Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Cool and useful website: GeoGuessr

image from geoguessr.com
How well do you know the world? Think you’re a geography expert? Test your knowledge with the cool and useful website GeoGuessr.

GeoGuessr is a web-based geographic discovery game designed by Anton Wallén and first released in May 2013. The game utilizes random Google Street View locations and requires players to guess their location in the world using only the clues visible in Street View.

The game is very easy to play. The game starts by showing you a random Google Street View. You can move around the picture, zooming in and out on landmarks, and changing compass directions. Once you've made a guess "pin" the location on the map in the upper right corner and click Make guess.

 You will be awarded points based on how close you were to the actual location. You are presented a total of five locations to guess. Once you've mastered the basics, you can set a time limit for yourself.

A beta version is also available. The beta version has a more modern interface and also allows you to select only certain countries in which to test your geographic skills. Currently only the United States, Sweden, United Kingdom, and Japan are available.

Other features of the beta version are:
  • modern interface
  • ability to post your results on social media like Twitter and Facebook
  • challenge a friend
  • go full-screen
  • see your progress and current score
This would be a great website to use as a challenge with another classroom across the globe. Classes or students could post results on class blogs and compare results. Students could discuss how they used visual clues, landmarks, and maps to help refine their guesses.

How else can you use this website with your class?

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