Showing posts with label UNESCO. Show all posts
Showing posts with label UNESCO. Show all posts

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Stats and Facts About UNESCO World Heritage Sites

The people at Silk, one of my preferred digital portfolio tools, recently published a great site about UNESCO World Heritage Sites.  The site contains maps, images, data sets, and data visualizations about all of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, but is focused on the sites added to UNESCO's list in 2014.

Applications for Education
Silk's site about UNESCO World Heritage Sites includes a section on the process of a site becoming recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. I can see developing a project in a geography class around this process. Students could select and propose a site to be added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. As part of the project students would be required to explain how their chosen sites meet the criteria established by UNESCO.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

The World Wonders Project is a Must-Bookmark Site

Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo for alerting me to an awesome new resource from Google called the World Wonders Project. The World Wonders Project is  probably best described as a multimedia encyclopedia of 132 historic and notable sites across five continents. The project assembles Google Streetview imagery, Google Earth 3D buildings, UNESCO World Heritage information, videos, and pictures on one page. Visitors to the World Wonders Project can move through the Streetview imagery just like they would on Google Maps.

Applications for Education
I hope that in the future Google adds more sites to the World Wonders Project as they have totally ignored Africa and huge sections of Asia in the first release. In the meantime, the World Wonders Project is still a good reference site for the places that are included in the World Wonders Project. Click on the Education tab in the upper-right corner of the World Wonders Project to find and download some teaching guides and media packs for places and themes featured in the World Wonders Project. There are materials for elementary school, middle school, and high school use.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Explore a Map of 900+ UNESCO World Heritage Sites

UNESCO Places recently released a new site design that features a Google Map of more than 900 World Heritage Sites. You can zoom and click on the map to find and explore sites all around the world. Clicking on a placemark will take you to a page of information with pictures about that World Heritage Site. From there you can click through to pages of information about other UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the same region.

Applications for Education
The UNESCO Places map could be a good resource for geography and history teachers. Students could use the map as the starting point in a research project about significant historical sites in various regions of the world.

Friday, April 22, 2011

360 Degree Panoramas of 275 World Heritage Sites is undertaking an ambitious project to capture and share 360 degree panoramas of all of the UNESCO World Heritage sites. Currently, is up to 275 panoramic images of World Heritage sites. Visitors can rotate all of the images and some of the images allow you to zoom in and zoom out to look at the details of World Heritage sites. You can locate panoramas by browsing the world map or by searching for a site in the search box.

Applications for Education could be a excellent supplement to your geography lessons. Students could explore the images on their own or you could use the images as conversation starters in your lessons.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Google Adds World Heritage Sites to Street View

Yesterday, Google announced the addition of Street View imagery of popular tourist destinations in the US and the UK. Today, Google has announced more additions to its Street View imagery. Google has added Street View imagery of nineteen UNESCO World Heritage sites around Europe. Some of these sites include the Palace of Versailles, Stonehenge, and the historic center of Prague. To learn more, watch the following video.

Applications for Education
As I mentioned yesterday, Street View imagery can be a great resource for students to use to create their own virtual tours of places and regions. Google Maps are also great for students to go on virtual tours of places that they might not have a chance to visit in person.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Geography and Science Lesson Plans Using Google Earth
Google Maps for More Than Social Studies
Create a National Parks Virtual Tour