What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Geoguessr is a free, online game that asks players to guess the locations of Google Street View images. Players are shown an image and must drop a pin to guess the location. Players earn points for each guess; the closer a guess to the real location, the more points it's worth. After each guess, players can see how close they got to guessing each picture's location, and at the end of a game players can see a map of all their guesses along with their point totals. They can challenge friends by sharing their games and totals to see who got higher scores.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- using supporting evidence
- rocks and minerals
- cultural understanding
Thinking & Reasoning
- analyzing evidence
- applying information
- making conclusions
- thinking critically
- using and applying technology
Engagement, Approach, Support
Intuitive and addicting with a clean interface and cool concept, Geoguessr will compel kids to explore the world.
It doesn't teach kids content per se. Still, it encourages them to observe and draw conclusions from geographical differences, pay attention to detail, think critically, take risks, research, self-assess, and try again.
Simple instructions and familiar Google Maps Street View controls make this easy to jump into. Feedback after every turn and at the end of the game makes it easy to self-monitor and set goals for improvement.
What's it about?
GEOGUESSR asks players to guess the locations of Google Street View pictures using visual clues. Each game features five random pictures/locations, about which the player guesses by putting a pin on a map. After each guess, the player finds out how close he or she got to the real location; the points are based on distance to the location. When the game's over, the player can send the same five images to a friend and compare scores.
Is it any good?
Geoguessr combines intuitive gameplay with an addictive, just-one-more-guess hook. It's a Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? for the modern age, getting rid of narrative and focusing purely on the detective work. Players will gleefully open tab after tab, dissecting and debating the clues offered in each new image and locale. It's instantly fun, and sending challenges to friends makes it more so. Before long, you'll be saying things like, "It's always Australia!" to friends who'll know exactly what you mean.
Families can talk about...
Families can discuss how learning with technology can provide a window onto unfamiliar geographies and cultures.
Families can enjoy keeping a real-world map marked with all the places they've discovered in the game.
Families can discuss how man-made building and products, as well as clues from nature, can characterize a region or country.