maandag 7 december 2015

Google en de Kerstman: Jingle all the way to Santa's Village


Op het Google Official Blog las ik de afgelopen week het artikel : 'Jingle all the way to Santa's Village':

"Santa doesn't spread cheer across the globe all by himself. As soon as the first frost is on the mistletoe, hundreds of helpful elves work day and night to make sure jolly old St. Nick is ready for flight. Santa’s Village is a hub of activity as the elves code algorithms to tune Santa’s sleigh, translate “Happy Holidays” into Elvish and Danish, and practice their cartography with Dancer, Prancer, Donner and Vixen... all to get Santa ready for his trip around the world on December 24.
And you can join in. Visit the brand-new Santa’s Village every day to prep alongside the elves, test weather conditions with Rudolph, skydive with Santa, learn about holiday traditions like kallikántzari - little creatures from Greece that eat Christmas cookies - and much more. A new experience will appear each morning leading up to December 24. Here’s a peek at what you’ll unwrap in Santa’s Village..." Lees de hele blogpost »

In deze blogpost wordt verwezen naar de 'Kerst'-site van Google: 'Santa Tracker, Explore, play and learn with Santa's Elves all December long'.

Welcome to the Google Maps Santa Tracker!

"On Christmas Eve we’ll be proudly showcasing a Santa’s dashboard, the technology that powers his sleigh during his around-the-world journey. We’ve received this special preview from one of Santa’s many developer elves, who are hard at work in the North Pole helping Santa prepare for his big day. Santa’s dashboard - featuring the latest and greatest in Google Maps technology and sleigh engineering - will allow you to follow his progress around the world, and also learn a little about some of his stops along the way.
Our friendly elves have also invited you to explore Santa’s village while Santa gets ready for his journey. So go ahead and explore his village, you might just find some fun activities and meet some interesting elves.
The Google Maps Santa Tracker is created and developed by Google, with a little help from Santa’s elves. Need help or have another question? Visit our Help Center
. (Bron)"
Op deze site kunnen jouw leerlingen iedere dag een op een 'kalender'-datum klikken en dan iets doen of bekijken. Het lijkt een beetje 'advents'-kalenders die wij hier gebruiken en waar je elke dag een klepje moet opentrekken. waar dan wat achter zit. Bij Google draait het uiteraard allemaal om de Kerstman. Typisch Amerikaans. De laatste datum is 23 december, gevolgd door de boodschap: "Come back on the 24th and help us track Santa all night!" Je kunt de Kerstman met zijn slee dan volgen via Google Maps. In de Google Maps op mijn laptop stond de volgende afbeelding :


Persbericht op de site: 'About Google Santa Tracker'

"For the 11th year in a row Google has launched Santa Tracker, a fun, educational, and interactive way for holiday fans to experience the holiday season.
The experience starts with the opening of Santa’s Village on Dec. 1. Not only does the countdown to Santa’s departure start, but each day until Dec. 24, visitors can learn basic coding skills, exercise their geography knowledge, and create printable ornaments while learning about charitable organizations. Teachers can even download lesson plans to help their students learn about holiday traditions across the world. Finally, on Dec 24, Santa Tracker goes live, allowing Santa fans of all ages to follow his progress on desktop, mobile (Android, iOS), tablet, and Chromecast.
There’s a variety of ways to search for Santa in Google Maps and google.com or monitor his progress directly on the Santa Tracker. See below to learn about what’s new this year or for more details on the interactive content in Santa’s Village
... (Bron)"


'Google Santa Tracker' is er in vele talen, behalve in het Nederlands. Je zult het dus met de Engelstalige versie moeten doen. Persoonlijk vind ik het een hele leuke en bruikbare site. Maar of je tijd hebt om er in de klas aandacht aan te besteden, betwijfel ik. Je zult ongetwijfeld meer te doen hebben. Maar wellicht kun je jouw leerlingen er attent op maken.

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