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Google-Siberian Railway

Moscow-Vladivostok: Virtual Journey on Google Maps

Here’s a pretty cool mash-up from Google. The great Trans Siberian Railway, the pride of Russia, goes across two continents, 12 regions and 87 cities. The joint project of Google and the Russian Railways lets you take a trip along the famous route and see Baikal, Khekhtsirsky range, Barguzin mountains, Yenisei river and many other picturesque places of Russia without leaving your house. During the trip, you can enjoy Russian classic literature, brilliant images and fascinating stories about the most attractive sites on the route.

Here’s a video preview, but to get the full experience, go to the site and follow the route on the map while looking at all the sites out of the train window.

Integration Ideas

Great for classes studying maps, Russian history and geography. Teachers could assign different sections of the route to each student and have student’s research the regions and cities along the route. Story starters: Students watch a section of the video and then write a story from the point of view of one of the original passengers. Math: Students calculate the distance between stops. Estimate how many miles of rail was used in construction. Estimate the weight of the rails.

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2 responses to “Google-Siberian Railway

  1. Book Chook February 19, 2010 at 6:38 am

    This is very cool!

  2. Vicky Loras February 18, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    Hello Keith!
    This is a great idea for use in class – I especially liked the idea of using it as a story starter. For me, a language teacher, it will be a useful tool to write stories, even for discussion!
    Thank you very much!
    Kindest regards,
    Vicky

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