Teachers can use Geoguessr as an extension activity in geography or world cultures classrooms, or as a media literacy and critical thinking exercise in any content area. It can serve as a prompt for teaching and learning online and print-based research skills and techniques, or as inspiration for student-designed games using free online resources like photo collections. With dedicated play and more in-depth small-group or whole-class discussion, teachers can use Geoguessr to build students' background knowledge about geography and places that are new to the students (or even to the teacher). Teachers can also connect with classrooms in their schools or from around the world to share challenges and build relationships between students.Continue reading Show less
Geoguessr is an addictive puzzler (with version on the web as well as Android and iOS apps) that task students with guessing the location of Google Street View images from around the world. When they're ready to guess, students drop pins on a map next to each picture, but not before scouring the image for clues. See a road sign? What language is it? Don't know? Google it. Can you describe the environment? Is it tropical? Snowy? Search online or in an atlas for a matching region. Been there before? Drop a pin on it. At the end of each round, the game shows players how close their guesses are and awards points based on proximity to the real locations. Players can also share particularly fun games with their friends, challenging them to match their high scores.
Geoguessr is less straight instruction and more a platform for cultivating 21st-century skills. It can be a great -- addictive, even -- motivator for thinking about geography and culture, and for building reasoning and critical-thinking skills in self-directed, small-group, or whole-class settings. When solving a puzzle or trying to beat a friend's high score, students have an opportunity to learn a lot about the world, its regional differences, and its inhabitants. While they'll certainly develop some strategies on their own, students will benefit from some guidance and help to encourage thoughtful play. In this way, Geoguessr can go well with units on visual analysis, finding and using evidence, geographical and cultural differences, and research skills.
Key Standards Supported
Reading History/Social Studies
Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, attending to such features as the date and origin of the information.
Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively, as well as in words) in order to address a question or solve a problem.
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, connecting insights gained from specific details to an understanding of the text as a whole.