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Take the planet for a spin

November 18, 2010

Science and social studies teachers alike will be interested in checking out Planet Diary. This interactive site allows users to spin on a rotating Earth and click on various pushpins “stuck” into regions around the word.

Each pin represents a current event such as a natural disaster and each click pulls up a short article on the issue. I know some students who would simply enjoy spinning the globe and guessing which pins are stuck in which regions. Others would be able to independently read about each incident and even engage in some of the linked activities.

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  1. November 23, 2010 3:38 pm

    Among the numerous resources provided by Google, the Google Earth application is another fun way to tour the planet. It is easy to find places like the pyramids at Giza, the Eiffel Tower, and many other landmark locations around the globe.

  2. Archita Basu permalink
    December 2, 2010 1:38 pm

    My 11 yr old son loved this pushing the pinheads and reading about the particular story- he was very motivated to know more about the polluted haze choking China. Great fun for children interested in Geography and for grown ups too!

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