GeoGuessr is an addictive online game in which students have to guess the location of random Google Street View images from around the world. When they're ready to guess, students drop a pin on a map next to each picture. The game shows players how close their guesses are and awards points based on proximity to the real locations. Before starting the game, you can specify if you want to see images from the whole world, or a particular continent, country or city. Geoguessr is also available as an iOS app or Android app.
GeoGuessr is a great game to play with the whole class using an interactive white board or video projector, and can be used to practice a wide range of language points. Unfortunately, you can only make one guess per image, so one way to use GeoGuesser would be to divide the class into groups and give each group in turn an image to guess. Keep track of the number of points for each group so that you can decide the winner at the end. Here are some of the language areas you could focus on:
• vocabulary for describing places (built-up, barren, countryside, hilly, mountainous, etc.) and the weather (cloudy, sunny, rainy, etc.)
• the names of countries
• making deductions (it can't be, it could be, it must be, it might be, it looks like, it's definitely)
• numbers (the game tells you how close to or far from the real location your guess is)
• talk about students' own travel experiences? Have they visited any of the locations? Would they like to? Why/why not?
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Use the arrows to get a 360° view of the location and move in any direction, and zoom in to focus on details (road signs, for example). Watch this YouTube video to see how the game is played.