Showing posts with label Bing Maps. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bing Maps. Show all posts

Monday, October 5, 2020

How to Measure Distances in Bing Maps and Google Maps

This afternoon I received an email from a reader who was frustrated by how slowly Google Earth loaded on her students' Chromebooks. She had designed some activities about distance that she wanted her students to complete using the measurement tools in Google Earth, but it was loading so slowly for many students that the activity was taking much longer than necessary. She reached out to me for ideas for alternatives to Google Earth. 

My suggestion if you need an alternative to Google Earth for geography-based distance measurement lessons is to try using Bing Maps or Google Maps in your web browser. In my experience Bing Maps generally loads a little faster, but both tools load much faster than Google Earth. In the following videos I demonstrate how to measure distance with Google Maps and with Bing Maps. 



Wednesday, June 1, 2011

New Streetside Views on Bing Maps

Bing Maps recently announced updates to their Streetside Views for desktop browsers. The new Streetside Views offer better panoramic views of city streets and landmarks. In the past exploring Streetside Views was a double-clicking point-to-point experience. Now in Streetside Views you can slide through the panoramas to virtually tour streets in major U.S. cities. The Streetside View includes an overlay of business names and street names when available.

Here's a landmark in Streetside View for all my fellow Red Sox fans.


Applications for Education
Streetside doesn't have nearly same quantity of views that Google Streetview has. But for the places where Streetside is available, the viewing experience is better than that in Google Streetview. If you would like your students to take a virtual tour of a major U.S. city, give Bing's Streetside Views a try.