Friday, March 14, 2014

Good Free App for learning our place in space - Google Earth

Little Miss M is on the spectrum and so traveling to new locations can be very difficult. Not only is it a change in our routine, it is an experience we have not had before. In the past, we have tried to find pictures, tell her concrete things to expect and keep a very familiar routine in an unfamiliar location. What if there was an app that could make the places tangible?  I think Google Earth (Free, iPad/iPhone) has a lot of potential to help this occur. Users are able to pick any place in the world they might want to travel or where they are traveling. They can see where the destination is in relation to their current location. I am excited to watch the world literally come alive for my daughter as she explores.

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From iTunes:
Fly around the planet with a swipe of your finger with Google Earth for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Explore distant lands or reacquaint yourself with your childhood home. Search for cities, places, and businesses. Browse layers including roads, borders, places, photos and more. Visit the Earth Gallery to find exciting maps such as real-time earthquakes, planes in flight, hiking trails, city tours, and more. Integrated Google Maps Street View allows you to explore the world at street level.

Use the new “tour guide” to easily discover exciting new places to explore. With a quick swipe on the tab at the bottom of the screen, you can bring up a selection of virtual tours from around the globe.

With new 3D imagery, you can now fly through complete 3D recreations of select cities, including San Francisco, Boston, Rome, and others. With every building modeled in 3D, you truly get a sense of flying above the city. 3D imagery is available on iPhone 4S and iPad 2 or later.

Amanda enjoys virtually traveling around the world, especially to beautiful tropical locations when it's very cold outside.

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