What do you think about using webcams as part of your curriculum unit? Read each statement.
- I want my class to learn Internet search skills.
- My students can’t find any good webcam sites.
- We have wasted lots of time in the computer lab using webcam sites.
If you answered a, b, or c read on!
Here are some tips for you and your students when looking for webcam sites:
- Use effective keywords to search: Here are some ideas to use as search terms to find webcam sites. Bookmark your favorites!
|theme park webcam
|live New York webcam
|live street camera
|national park webcam
- Unable to see webcam: Some web pages place an online form or advertising over top of the camera. You must close the form or ad before you can see the webcam.
- Use government webcams: Some web pages have too many advertisements. However, government web pages tend to have no advertising.
- Visit well-known places: Famous museums, national parks, theme parks, and landmarks tend to have quality webcams that work.
- Use the word “live”: To avoid viewing static pictures use the word live in your search word so that you will only find real-time video.
- Consider the time of day: Webcams are from around the world. While you are awake, in other parts of the world the people might be asleep. If you view a webcam in the middle of the night, it is likely to be dark or there may not be anything happening.
- Be patient: You might be viewing a webcam from very far away. It can take time for the webcam to load on the web page.
- Webcam time limits: Some websites restrict the amount of time you can watch the webcam feed. Some will force you to refresh the page before it can be viewed again.
Fun Digital Citizenship Activities
Are you looking for lesson plans? TechnoInternet teaches students how to explore the Internet safely. Have your students pin markers on their Internet map as they journey online. Learn digital citizenship, Internet safety, search strategies, research skills, and more. Read more about TechnoInternet, see sample lessons, learning objectives, and teacher reviews here.