I posted a link to this site on Facebook earlier this week, and said it was a bit addictive. It really is!
Geoguessr is a website which uses Google Maps. You get ‘placed’ somewhere in the world, and you have to work out where you are. You can pick up clues from things such as buildings, vegetation, landscape, weather, and even the side of the road cars are driving on. Occasionally you can find a word, signpost or flag which helps. Once you’ve decided roughly where you think you are, you drop a pin into a world map, and see how close you were. You get five ‘goes’ in each round. It’s amazing how much two places thousands of miles apart can look like each other!
I’ve kept coming back to the site over the last few days, wondering if it could be used for language teaching at all. I don’t think it’s perfect, because as a teacher you don’t really have enough control over what appears, but it does have some possibilities, such as:
- describing what pupils see in front of them
- giving opinions on what they see
- justifying those opinions (I think it could be …. because ….)
- comparing what they see to places they have been or seen before
It could also be a good tutor-time filler. Or it can just take up your own free time – as I said, it’s addictive!