360Cities Rapa Nui Panoramas

I love the colourful and personal world-view that Google Maps and  Street View have brought to my classroom.

I’ve now added 360Cities to my teaching toolkit as they take Street View and turn it into an immersive (you guessed it!) 360 degree panorama.

I’m writing a children’s musical set on Rapa Nui (Easter Island) and was alerted to a 360cities panorama of the Ran Raraku quarry, where the famous heads were carved:

 


Inside Rano Raraku : The Moai Quarry in Rapa Nui – Easter Island

This one shows the Ahu Akivi moai, the only ones to actually face the ocean.

Ahu Akivi (Front Left) in Rapa Nui – Easter Island

This one shows the Ahu Tongariki, the largest moai on the island.

 


Another Day At Tongariki (Front Center) in Rapa Nui – Easter Island

The 360Cities site requires Flash, so there’s no visiting on your iPad! Fortunately, there is an app, and since it allows you to make your own panoramas, it’s excellent value.

Panoramas are user uploaded, so popular tourist sites are over-represented and some places have none at all. That aside, my quick sampling (birth place in UK, recent trip to New Zealand, Canada and interest in Easter Island) all turned up useful views.

And of course, your students could make their own too!

Cabbage Patch Dragon – in NZ

My musical ‘Cabbage Patch Dragon‘ (about a dragon, found in a cabbage patch…) is going international.

The fine folks at Lower Moutere school in New Zealand have their first performance on September 20th at the Memorial Hall in Motueka.

All the very best for the NZ premiere!

You can visit the school website here.

The school is here:

 


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Conundrum in Punjab

Conundrum

Conundrum, the Musical

Very exciting!

Conundrum‘, one of my very first musicals with Maverick is to be performed in Amritsar in Punjab, India!

Conundrum is full of bad puns, bad riddles and indeed, a Bad Joke Monster, so I’d love to see how that – plus a bunch of squabbling Joke Gnomes – all translates across.

 
 
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