Google’s engineers want to help you brush up on your geography knowledge. The company has taken its vast Google Maps database and used it to create a new game called Smarty Pins. The concept is extremely simple: Google asks you a random trivia question about a specific city or country, and you’re tasked with dropping a pin on the right spot. Players can pick between six categories that influence the line of questions they’re given. These range from arts and culture to entertainment fodder, and it didn’t take very long before we ran into a stumper.
|Smarty Pins||Free||Free to play.|
Smarty Pins is a great trivia tool that integrates with Google Maps. This tool provides trivia topics in Arts & Culture, Science & Geography, Sports & Games, Entertainment and History & Current Events. This tool is great for geography lessons for middle and upper grades. I use this tool to expose my elementary students to fun ways you can discover and learn more history in a Google map. Although my students are younger, I mainly use this tool to introduce them to history trivia in a whole group setting. I would definitely recommend this tool to educators in the middle and upper grades.