The World’s Highest Peaks: Scaling heights via Google maps

Have you ever wanted to climb to the top of the tallest mountain peaks in the world but are afraid of heights? You aren’t quite fit enough or things such as avalanches, rock slides and altitude sickness worry you?

You now have the opportunity to get some idea about the sights that the intrepid travellers see via Now Google Maps. It has added some amazing imagery taken whilst scaling the highest mountains on various continents, from the Everest Base Camp (Asia), Mt. Kilimanjaro (Africa) Mt. Aconcagua (South America) and Mt. Elbrus (Europe). Also included are Namche Bazaar (the gateway to the high Himalayas) and Mudslide Bridge, the long bridge across a chasm along the trekking route from Lukla to Namche Bazaar, that has been destroyed many times

It is all part of World’s Highest Peaks, the latest special collection of Google Maps. As with all Google views you can zoom in, up/down and 360 degree swivel (Every location you see from the treks is made up of 12 photos (three in each direction, strung together). It also offers a small map to place it geographically.


Above is an example of one in the collection.

At 19,341 ft, Uhuru is the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro. Called the Roof of Africa, Kilimanjaro is the highest peak on the African continent and highest freestanding mountain in the world.

I like it that the images have not only captured the magnificent natural scenery, but you can also see man-made structures along the way. The collection has pictures that show base camps and even cliff-side monasteries.

I will be sending the link to the geography department and add to our store of good resources for our students.

Who is using using smartphones and why?

I have attended two professional development days in the last two weeks. I will post about the SLAV conference in the next few days.

I also like to observe people and it has been quite fascinating to watch how many colleagues, present at these Professional Development days, can’t wait to get to their phones when the opportunity presents itself. Yesterday’s SLAV conference encouraged attendees to use technology to comment on the information discussed by the presenters on TodaysMeet and on Twitter with the tag #slavconf, during the sessions.

The earlier PD day was about building a Performance and Development Culture and was attended by leadership teams from a number of Catholic Schools. It was the 3rd day of a series of 4 and technology was not used by attendees during the day.

I am bemused because most schools try to stop their students from having any access to their mobile phones whilst they are school.  If teachers/school leaders can’t wait to check messages, why are we all so dismissive of our students perceived need to stay in touch with their world.

I know there are valid points about usage but when I hear some of the comments and conversations about students and phones, I can’t help but see that there are some anomalies in what is being said and what is being done by the adults.

I like the infographic below that tries to explain how ubiquitous smartphones are in our daily lives.


Smartphone Mobile App Usage by[x]cubeLABS

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