Thursday, February 26, 2009

News From the Google World

Google made two announcements today regarding Google Translate and Google Maps. Through the Official Google Blog it was announced that Google Translate has added seven more languages to its service. 41 languages are now accommodated by Google Translate.

On the Google LatLong Blog it was announced that Google Maps Streetview now includes user generated images of popular cities and tourist attractions. The images come from public collections on Panoramio. The video below offers a short overview of the new user generated images in Google Maps Streetview.



Applications for Education
The addition of user-generated photos in Google Streetview increases the utility of Google Maps for creating virtual tours and or web quests. No longer do you and your students have to rely on just the standard Google Streetview image, you can now access more views and perspectives.

On a related note, 360 Cities is a great source of imagery to complement imagery found in Google Maps Streetview.