Something really cool happened today. I didn’t have a guild battle prepared for Friday. I don’t know if it was the week flying by or just tired but anyhow I pitched it to my students at the start of class: “I’m taking suggestions for our guild battle today. Let me know if you have a challenge.” I got several suggestions, some of which were Miniclip flash-based games (not a lot of educational value, but their case could be argued), but the one we ended up going with was called Geo Guessr.
Geo Guessr is a really cool concept: You are planted somewhere random in the world through Google Street View and you have to figure out where you are. You can’t zoom out to map view like you normally can on Google Maps, you have to make your guess based on your surroundings, including street signs and local businesses. It is really cool as far as being a global citizen goes. Students were very interested to explore a foreign country (or not so foreign as one student got Vancouver Island). Once you think you know where you are, you click on the world map to the right of the screen. You get points based on how close you were to the actual coordinates.
Students had some interesting strategies. Some worked in pairs with one on Google trying to search street signs and business names (not always in English!). I had to laugh when one student ended up in the Australian outback with nothing to look at but desert and road (and a single white pickup truck on the road directly ahead). We had no clue!