One more blog post concerning using video in the classroom. Were you aware that there are a number of live web-cams around the world that you can access? Live cams of Paris, Times Square, Elephants in India, the Omaha Hawk Cam, yes even Cavalier, ND (I know you all were curious about that city!). A number of zoos and aquariums also have their webcams linked at this site. You can possibly see a whale shark swim by on the Ocean Voyager WebCam. These and hundreds of others can be found at EarthCam.com. There are also several nature cams that can be found at explore.org.
What might be some potential uses of these webcams? One possible use might be to see important events that happen to be occurring in real-time. This could be one way to view the scene during important events. Another use can simply to expose students to what that particular location is like at a point in time. Some webcams allow for time-lapse video and others still can be maneuvered to get a wider view. However not all of the EarthCams are live video. Some are static images that can be manipulated.
An annoyance to be aware of is that many of these cams make you watch an ad before you actually get to the live view, but a little patience and you are soon onto taking a gander at Temple Bar in Dublin.
Finally remember the old saying, “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas?” Well this set of live webcams dispel that belief.