This post is written for the Student Blogging Challenge, Week 6, Activity 9.
This week’s challenge asked us to write about our world and the ways we learn about it. In our class, we love to learn by playing games whenever we can. Our favorite geography game is called GeoGuessr.
This is how you play: the GeoGuessr website brings up a random image from Google Earth Street View. You have to guess where in the world the picture was taken. You can look at the picture from all angles and zoom in to see small details. When you are ready to guess, you place a marker on a map. Then the site tells you how close your guess was to the actual location. The closer your guess was, the more points you get. You get five different images to guess. At the end you get a final score. It’s fun to keep playing to see if you can beat your high score!
Here’s an example of an image of a very famous place in Google Earth Street View. When you hover over this image you’ll see the address, but you won’t get that help when you play GeoGuessr!
Our favorite thing about this game is that we get to see amazing places from all around the world. We’ve noticed that we’ve gotten a lot better at finding the locations as we’ve played, too! Some of the clues we know to look for to make a good guess:
- If there are signs in the picture, in what language are they written?
- If there are cars, on what side of the road are they driving?
- Is the land flat or are there mountains or hills?
- What types of plants and trees are growing?
- What is the weather there? Can you see snow or rain?
- What color is the dirt? Even that can give you a clue!
Sometimes the pictures trick us, though. For example, yesterday in one picture we saw a sign that said “restaurant” and we thought it was an English speaking country, but it was actually in France. We didn’t know until then that “restaurant” was a French word! We also had a picture yesterday that looked exactly like a part of the United States, but it was really in South Africa, over 13,000 km (8,000 miles) away! It’s been really interesting to see that places that are so far away can look so much like our own home.
Have you ever played GeoGuessr?
What are your tips for making a good guess?