Google Santa Tracker

Overview

Maybe it’s the festive spirit in the air. Maybe it’s the eggnog they serve in the Google cafe. Whatever it is, Google Maps feels like the gift that just keeps on giving! For the past ten years Google has been helping children around the world track and follow Santa on his journey from the North Pole. And each year it just gets better and better. Students can play high quality Christmas themed games, watch fun videos and of course learn all about Santa and his journey from country to country.

Google Santa TrackerNameGoogle Santa Tracker
Pricing: Free
Compatibility: DesktopAndroid / Chromecast
Access: No signup required
Privacy: Private (privacy policy)

 

A Quick Look

Google Santa Tracker - Time for Lift Off!

 

In Practice

1. The lead up

With only a matter of days before Santa and his reindeer set off, Google Santa Tracker is on live countdown to the big event. Students logging on can check-in each day with the tracker as new games, videos and learning opportunities become available in the fun filled elf village. With a real mix of cheer, color, sights and sounds, Santa Tracker is a wonderfully interactive digital advent calendar.

2. The big day

The minute the countdown clock hits zero, the party starts and students will be able to access Santa’s dashboard. From here they can follow Santa’s progress around the world in Google Maps, and also learn a little about some of his stops along the way. With fascinating tidbits of information being dropped at each location, it’s a fun way for students to learn about other countries and cultures all under the context of Santa’s journey.

3. Track from anywhere

It turns out Santa is just as tech-enthused as we are and can now be tracked on all number of devices. Whether you want to project Google’s Santa Tracker up in front of the class using a browser or a Chromecast, install the Chrome extension, or if you want students to track using their Android devices, Google has you covered.

4. Code for Christmas

This year Google have snuck a few neat little Christmas coding games into the mix. If your students enjoy these and you want to encourage further programming over the festive period, make sure to also check out Google’s Made with Code project where students can program their own Christmas tree light show.

5. Harness the excitement

Google Maps offers some amazing opportunities for students to learn about the world around them. Take advantage of the excitement around tracking Santa and introduce your class to Google Maps and the huge learning opportunities it creates. Plan a virtual field trip. Go sightseeing. Or even have students create their own maps with Google Maps Engine.

 

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