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The Maps app is an on board application that ships with the iPad. And it's a great way to take virtual field trips with your classroom to connect with places, people, and things that you would normally not be able to see in a classroom. Let's tap on the Maps app. In the bottom left corner is the arrow key that navigates to where you are presently. If you double tap on that a compass will appear in the upper right hand corner. As you play and turn around you'll see the compass will move, the red is always pointing to the north. At the bottom right is a page curl, tap on the page curl. Let's turn on the Satellite view.
On the bottom left side of the screen next to the arrow is a 3D button, tap on the 3D button. Zooming in kind of gives you a Parallax View. By taking your two fingers and going up and down on the iPad, you can change the view. By tapping on the page curl, you can see you have a number of options to do other things. One of things that I do with my students is to drop pins on different areas and to mark them, and annotate our maps that we're creating and then do screen captures.
There are certain cities where you can actually do fly-overs, where the Parallax View actually turns into a real 3D view. In the search address, we're going to type Tower of London. Tap search, and zoom in very, very close to the city of London. Now, if you look in the bottom left-hand corner, you'll see that the 3D button turned into a picture of buildings.
This means that this particular city is done in real 3D architecture. As we zoom in, we can get very close to the buildings. And by using our two fingers with a twisting or rotation, we can start to fly around the different buildings right there in London. San Francisco works. New York works. Stanford works, really have some fun with this. This is a great way to fly in and have a virtual field trip in less than five minutes.
The Maps is a powerful tool that you can use for teaching geography, for teaching about other places, and for really just having a great and fun experience as they search and see the world.
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