Here is an interesting and a cool tool, The Secret Door. If you haven’t tried it, you may want to give it a try.
You see a gothic door, when you click on it, a virtual hand opens it and it virtually takes you somewhere in the world randomly using Google data. You also hear some good music at the same time. You can take a look in the location it takes you or you can switch your location and go somewhere else. It has more than hundreds of places that you can go. You can also embed it on your blog or your website.
Students can be asked to describe the place that they have been. They can talk about what they see, what kind of people live there or if they would like to live there or not. We can also use this as a story starter. The place that we have been can be where our story will take place.
cross-posted at ozgekaraoglu.edublogs.org
Özge Karaoğlu is an English teacher and educational consultant in teaching young learners and teaching with web-based technologies. She is the author of Minigon ELT book series, which aims to teach English to young learners through stories. Read more of her ideas about teaching English through technology and Web-based tools at ozgekaraoglu.edublogs.org.