Showing posts with label Elephants. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Elephants. Show all posts

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Walk With Elephants in Google Street View

The latest update to Google's Street View imagery takes us to Kenya where we can virtually walk along with elephants. The new imagery features Street View (Street View seems like the wrong name for walking in nature) of Samburu National Reserve, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, and the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. In the new imagery you can see elephants, zebras, lions, leopards, and more.

Applications for Education
The imagery of elephants, lions, and other animals get the headlines, but don't overlook the beauty of the plants, watering holes, and other landscape features. Ask students to look closely at the imagery and think about how the natural landscape plays a role in the lives of the animals they're seeing in the new Street View imagery.

Monday, August 19, 2013

How to Identify Individual Elephants - An Activity In Observing Differences

A couple of months ago I shared some information about Elephant Voices. I revisited Elephant Voices this morning after the Google Science Fair Google+ feed shared a link to a good story from National Geographic and Elephant Voices about how researchers identify individual elephants.

In Mara Elephants: Who's Who & Whereabouts offers eight educational modules in which you can learn how researchers identify elephants. In each of the modules you learn about a specific characteristic of elephants that can be used to distinguish them from each other. A series of pictures accompanies each module.

Applications for Education
Mara Elephants: Who's Who & Whereabouts could be the basis for a fun lesson in observation of details. Of course, your students will be learning about elephants along the way too.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Elephants in the Classroom

In National Geographic's video section I recently found this cute and interesting video about elephant communication. The video features elephants at play. The video is narrated by Joyce Poole who is a co-director of Elephant Voices. Elephant Voices has a couple of offerings for teachers. First, you can find a short online quiz about elephants here. Second, Elephant Voices appears to offer Skype sessions for schools.

Back in February PBS aired Battle for the Elephants which documents the challenges facing elephants and conservationists today. The video is available here.

Watch Full Episode on PBS. See more from Battle for the Elephants.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Secret Language of Elephants

Secret Language of Elephants is an interesting story that aired on 60 Minutes on Sunday evening. The video profiles the efforts of researchers to understand the communications of elephants. The researchers are trying to decode the meaning of the sounds elephants make. The video is embedded below.

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Applications for Education
This video may be of interest to anyone that teaches zoology and or lessons about African wildlife. National Geographic has a couple of lesson plans (here and here) that could be supplemented by this video.