Monday, August 31, 2015

Google I Hardly Know You? - Build with Chrome

“Around here, however, we don't look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we're curious...and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” - Walt Disney

I have to believe that someone at Google has Walt Disney's quote somewhere prominent. Google is always moving forward. It is honestly hard to keep up with all the resources that Google has to support teaching and learning.

For example, have you ever seen the Chrome Experiment - Build with Chrome? This incredible resource allows the user to build with LEGO bricks using Google Maps as a foundation. Users can choose a location, build something and share it with the world.

While this Chrome Experiment may not have quite the name recognition of Minecraft, I believe it can be a power tool to support the 4Cs. Harnessing student creativity is just one small part of what this resource might do for students, here are a few other ideas:
  1. Explore builds from other parts of the world to study culture and architecture.
  2. Challenge students with a sustainable design project in different locations with different climates, geological, and geographic features.
  3. Challenge students to build a cultural center based on their research of a certain country or region.
  4. Incorporate Build with Chrome into story writing.
  5. Practice math skills by building to scale and calculating volume and area.
  6. Challenge students to build something of a certain size and dimension with a limited number of bricks.
  7. Challenge students to collaborate to build their ideal city.
  8. Challenge students to write directions for their build and see if a classmate can use the directions to duplicate their structure.
What more could your students do with Google Chrome?
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