Friday, January 06, 2006

I Love to Look. You Know You Do too!

I love to look at live web cams of distant places, as well as functional/purposeful local cams like traffic cams. My first live cam was the Georgeson Shareholder Liberty Cam. This shot of the Statue of Liberty is live from the Manhattan offices of Georgeson Shareholder. I was thrilled to see a live view of boats etc. I was hooked. Now I have a massive cam list bookmarked for all of my usual traffic routes.

Long story short, I found a great web page on
Opentopia of Random live webcams from the Net:

"These webcams were found automatically through a variety of clever search techniques. Their owners might or might not have intended for them to be public. But they obviously are. Many of them are security cameras in companies or semi-public places. If you hover over the picture you'll see what location information is available. If you click on it, a window will open and you can see a live video feed, plus comments and ratings and other information. 1364 webcams are available as of last scan."
Aside from the obvious couch potato travel excursions, there is so much more to get from these cams. Application to the home classroom is multifaceted. Take a virtual look at locations being studied in class: Settings of books, geography, map and culture studies, all in real time. See daylight in the US and night in Australia. Check out the traffic before you head off to the mall. See what the weather is like before you even get on the plane for your cross country flight!

Enjoy!

Hey, if you know of a good cam (not the adult kind,) respond to this post and add it on!

~JRY:
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posted by An Educational Voyage @ 1/06/2006 03:41:00 AM  
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