Would you like to stroll through the Palace of Versailles, Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum or The Museum of Modern Art from the comfort of your classroom? Now you can, courtesy of Google. The search giant recently unleashed a phenomenal collection of virtual tours of the world’s most famous art museums. Known as Google Art Project, students and teachers can explore hundreds of famous masterpieces in a 360-degree environment similar to Google StreetView. Thanks to Google’s high-resolution photography, many of the most famous paintings may be examined up close and personal via extreme zoom.
These outstanding virtual museums are great resources for art and history courses. Check out the project here: http://www.googleartproject.com/
I love this new website: http://www.teachparentstech.org/. “Teach Parents Tech” is a clever Google side project offering dozens of quick videos to help parents or grandparents learn computer and Internet basics. The videos are short and the instructions are clear.
Google recently released a wonderful online book to help explain web browsers and web technology to the average non-technical web surfer. Titled “20 Things I Learned About Browsers and the Web”, the online book features a storybook-like theme delivered via HTML 5. Google clearly explains 20 technical topics including browser security, cloud computing, cookies, open source and web programming.
“20 Things” would make a great classroom resource for students of all ages. Find the online book here: http://20thingsilearned.com/