Showing posts with label Inca. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Inca. Show all posts

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Explore Machu Picchu in Google Maps and the Google Cultural Institute

Last month Google published Street View imagery of Petra. This week they added Street View imagery for another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Students can now explore Machu Picchu in Google Maps Street View and view Machu Picchu artifacts in the Google Cultural Institute. Highlights of the new imagery can be seen in the video embedded below.

Applications for Education
Machu Picchu artifacts found in the Google Cultural Institute can be shared directly to your Google Classroom. This can be a good way to direct students to specific artifacts related to Inca culture. I would share artifacts and ask students to respond in Google Classroom to discussion questions related to the artifacts.

Much like the Street View imagery of other UNESCO world heritage sites, the new Street View imagery of Machu Picchu allows students to virtually explore a place that can't be done by simply flipping through pictures in a book or on a website.

Source: The Official Google Maps Blog

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Peru's Puzzling Lines

The cover story on this month's issue of National Geographic is The Genius of the Inca. Throughout the issue there are stories, images, and graphics about the Inca and about other Ancient Americans. As always National Geographic has produced some good online materials to supplement and complement the new issue. One of those online resources is titled Ancient Americans.

Ancient Americans is a set of eight articles, image collections, and interactive animations. One of the interactive animations that I found particularly interesting is the Nasca interactive. The Nasca interactive features a map of geoglyphs created by the Nasca in Peru's southern desert. Click an image in the key to see the corresponding geoglyph appear. To learn how the geoglyphs were created explore the interactive animations Creating the Geoglyphs.

Applications for Education
The Nasca interactives could be useful supplements to the images students might find in a world history textbook. The interactives allow students to see the process of creating the geoglyphs found in Peru.