Teacher Prep: Adventure Photography with screenshots and Google Maps/Streetview

Skill Training For Teachers

  1. Interface Overview 2-minute videos. 
  2. Official Google Educator Resource Sites
  3. Screenshots: You'll need to teach your students how to take a screen shot, which is a photo the computer takes of whatever you looking at on your computer screen, and save it to their desktop. You'll also need to learn how to take a photo of only part of your screen too, by cropping, before you take the screen shot. Practice until you can save a screen shot of only part of the screen onto your desktop. 
    • Any computer using the Firefox Browser: Install the great plugin called ScreenGrab. Then right click on a web page and choose: ScreenGrab! -> Save -> Selection. And make sure it goes to your desktop.
    • PC: Vista or Windows 7: All Programs –> Accessories –> Snipping Tool. For Windows XP, make sure your Maps browser window is in front and click the "Alt" and "Print Screen" keys. Paste into a document, in a program such as Paint, to crop more.
    • Mac: Hold down keys "Shift" + "Apple" together and then click "4". Your cursor will turn into a cross hair ( + ). Drag from the upper right to lower left around what you want to shot. Let go. The image will automatically be saved to your desktop. 
    • Linux Ubuntu or Edubuntu: Go to Accessories -> Take Screenshot -> Selected Area
Practice the skills in the student section of the lesson so you can take good screenshots, find them and log their locations. 

Practice viewing the lessons below in a Web browser Tab, and clicking links and letting them open in another tab. Teach students to do the same. 

Answers to student questions

  • Part of Google's mission is to create access to the world's information.
  • North is always up in Google Maps, and there's a compass in Street View in the upper right of the map. 
  • Google Maps Satellite view is taken by satellites owned by lots of different companies and stiched together into one map. High resolution views, especially in cities, are taken by aircraft flying at different altitudes. 
  • Google gets traffic info from the Department of Transportation, which has sensors built into roads to be able to know what to build, when and how big. Google makes deals with many information sources to talk to their computers and bring that info into Maps.
  • Street View is done by a "360" camera on top of a car. It has six lenses in a circle and takes pictures while the car moves. The photos are stored on a computer and uses a GPS marked with the location they were taken and stitched together on a computer. The camera can be put on a snow mobile, person, bicycle.  
  • Why are faces blurry? Why are license plates blurry? They obscure identity and protect privacy Google made their software automatically detect and blur out these things. 
  • The strange shapes in the Indian Ocean are part of the city Dubai. They are manmade islands for houses and buildings. One is in the shape of the world. Some of them are still for sale.
  • The Street View snowmobile, with the 360 degree camera behind the driver, is in the bottom left of ski area photo above. 
Check the below video to really see what a 360 degree camera looks like. 

Behind the Scenes with Google Streetview

Suggested Lesson Structure

It's up to you! 

  1. Show the students the below activities on a screen/projector you are controlling to give them a sense of what is coming. This builds excitement and demand to be set free on their own computer. Then let them have a link to the lesson and complete it section by section, depending on your class time available. 
  2. Give students the link to the lesson as homework. Decide how they will deliver the photos and answers to the lesson? Have them follow the steps and take notes on their answers to the questions. Discuss the questions as a group. 
  3. Go over the the Orientation, Street View and Screen Shots in class. Assign the Adventures as homework. Have each student show their screenshots in class and explain where they were taken. 
  4. Simple but proven tip for those who teach while students use laptops:  Make sure their laptops are closed during listening times!
Timing Ranges

Once settled, with computers on. 
  1. Orientation: 20-45 minutes
  2. Street View Training: 20-45 minutes
  3. Screenshot Training: 10-20 minutes
  4. Adventure Photography: 20 minutes to several hours of homework.
  5. Log photos, organize, make presentable, practice presenting: 1hr or more. 
This is an "Open Source" lesson plan. Please take and modify. 
  1. You can copy the lesson, links and maybe even photos and embedded videos to your own document! 
  2. You'll need some sort of Web-based document, such as a Google Word Processing Document, a WordPress blog post or page. 
  3. "Select" the entire lesson.  From the Edit menu, select "Copy" and then "Paste" the below lessons to text file to make your own WebQuest that you give the students to click through via a link or as a text file.

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