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Visual Field Trips - Webcam Feeds for Classroom Viewing


Mar22

Yes, today’s post is another freebie for teachers featuring webcam feeds you could be incorporating into your classroom.  Consider these as teleportation devices to many of the world’s greatest landmarks, national parks, and historical significance.  In addition they are virtual eyes that allow students to study animal behavior patterns and habitats.  Possibly they could be regarded as voyeuristic tools where students can ride along with a big rig truck driver or observe the physics of skateboard parks.  The choices are vast, but they do bring a bit of the outside world into the walls of your classroom.

As I was gathering these sites, I have come to a few conclusions. 

First, webcam technology is drastically improving.  I did find many cameras allowed the viewer to take virtual control of the camera.  Students can zoom, move the camera around, and even switch camera feeds. 

Secondly, some of the best webcam feeds have been disabled and replaced with better internet broadcasting.  The concept is the same, except the image is fluid and more of a television show feed. I do believe this is going to be the mainstream for webcams within the next few months, so I will most likely be making modifications to this blog post periodically.

Finally, Google Earth’s new webcam layer and versatility is definitely on the rise making classroom discussions more interactive.  To view webcam locations you must have the latest version of Google Earth.  You'll see it in the Geographic Web->Preview layer. Or, you can look for it under Gallery->Webcams.travel. You’ll be looking for oval shaped icons.  Click on it, and a popup will give you a screen shot and a link to view the camera live such as this YouTube tutorial:

The webcams I have listed here are direct links, however.  I’ve divided these webcam feeds by topic of animals, landforms, geography/travel, history/social studies, and science with hopes that you will find one or two treasures. 

Before you go exploring, be sure to check out ReadWriteThink: Lesson Plan: Webcams in the Classroom: Animal Inquiry and Observation and these lesson ideas on students using webcams in the classroom.

Animals and Insects

Site

Notes

Interactive

Image Refresh Time

Eagle Cam from Wildlive.tv

Chat Room feature is available for collaborative discussions

 

Live video and audio

Madagascar Hissing Cockroach Cam

Yes, they are nearly life sized on the screen.  I guarantee you will hear “Ewww” and “Cool” from students.

 

30 seconds with user refreshing browser

Africa Web Cams - live pictures of the world's biggest elephants

This camera is only available during the African daylight hours

 

15 seconds

Amazon River Cam from the- National Zoo

Scroll down to view aquatic life found in the Amazon River

 

Live

Bald Eagle Nest Camera Spring 2009

Two cameras follow bald eagles in this Oklahoma eagle sanctuary

 

Live

Beluga Whale Vancouver Canada Cam

This webcam’s success will vary on which internet browser you use.  Safari and Firefox are preferred

Yes

Live

Birds from Brazilian Atlantic Forest

Many Brazilian birds visit this feeder all day.  Great for a rainforest unit. To avoid the chat room talk, make the webcam full screen

 

Live

Butterfly Conservatory | American Museum of Natural History

Nice view of butterflies stopping on occasion for a little snack

 

15 seconds

Cheetah Cam from the National Zoo

You never know if the cheetahs will be in view, but you might get lucky

 

Live

Eagle Cam

Get a rare look inside a bald eagle’s nest

 

Live

Elephant Sanctuary, Hohenwald, Tennessee

You never know when the elephants will be strolling by

 

Live

Gatorland Gator Cam

Great camera to view alligators behavior

Yes

Live

GiraffeCam

Large image to see how giraffes interact with one another and zoo guests

 

60 seconds

Goat Farm Cam, Live from Pholia Farm,

Watch goats and visitors live with audio from Oregon

 

Live

Gorillas, Rhinos, Tigers, Elephants - Animal Webcams

Only available during the UK daylight hours

Yes

10 seconds

Hummingbird Nest Cam

Have you ever seen a hummingbird up close?  This is your chance and her nest too.  To avoid the chat room talk, make the webcam full screen

 

Live

Lion Cam

Check out to see what lions do all day

 

Live

Marine Aquarium Webcam

Take a look at the dolphin or turtle tanks to see what’s happening at the aquarium

Yes

Live

Orangutan Cam

This Florida webcam features life in an orangutan zoo habitat.   

 

10 seconds

Panda Cam from San Diego Zoo

A terrific website and camera feed allow you to observe and learn about pandas

 

Live

Penguin Cam at the Indianapolis Zoo

Depending on the day, you might see rock hoppers, gentoos, and King penguins

 

Live

Penguin Webcam - Antarctica

Gentoo penguins are the focus of this Antarctic webcam

 

Unknown

Peregrine Falcon Webcam

This camera is placed inside the nesting box of a peregrine falcon so activity might be varied throughout the day

 

30 seconds

Polar Bear Cam from San Diego Zoo

Observe polar bears as they play and explore their zoo exhibit

 

Live

Sea Lion Exhibit at Indianapolis Zoo

Follow the behavior patterns and activities of sea lions throughout the day

 

Live

Sea Otter Cam from Monterey Aquarium

Pull down the menu to view other cams from the aquarium

 

Live

WildCam Africa from National Geographic

You will need RealPlayer to view this wonderful webcam feed from Pete’s Pond 24 hours a day

 

Live

WildEarth.TV from Africa

Live television feed from African bush.  You might see a number of animals from the Savannah here

 

Live

 

Landforms

Site

Notes

Interactive

Image Refresh Time

Cape Cod Beach Webcam

Large panoramic image of the beach

 

10 seconds

Everglades National Park WebCam

Large panoramic image in the Everglades

Rewind

Hourly

Glacier National Park Webcams

7 camera feeds from all around Glacier National Park

 

60 seconds

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

6 camera feeds available showing different views of the canyon

 

10 minutes

Grand Canyon Web Cam

Includes weather data and a great image of the canyon

Few Features

Hourly

Gulf Islands National Seashore

A beautiful view from the Gulf Islands National Park

 

2 minutes

Niagara Falls Cam

Watch the millions of gallons spill over the falls

Yes

Live

North Cascades Web Camera

Mountain view

 

Hourly

Old Faithful Geyser WebCam Yellowstone National Park

Watch Old Faithful Geyser all day

 

Live

Olympic National Park - Hurricane Ridge Webcam

Stunning mountain view

 

unknown

Rocky Mountain National Park

Stunning view of the Rocky Mountains

 

15 minutes

Sedona Cams

View the scenery of Sedona, Arizona from 2 cameras

 

Live

Sequoia Forest-Kings Canyon

Includes current weather data

Few features

Hourly

Theodore Roosevelt Painted Canyon

This webcam is used to help test air quality in the national park, and the view is stunning

 

Unknown

 

Geography/Travel

Site

Notes

Interactive

Image Refresh Time

Alcatraz Cam San Francisco Cam

Several cameras to control of the San Francisco Bay Area

Yes

Live

Antarctica - Australian Antarctic Division

Four different webcam feeds from across the Antarctic station allows students to view life in the coldest place on earth

 

10 minutes

BigRigTravels - Live Truckcam

Voted most interesting webcam of 2008, virtually ride along in this big rig with an excellent view of the open road 24/7

 

Live

Cape Town Webcam South Africa

Scroll down to view several webcam feeds of Cape Town including scenic views

 

Unknown

England - Webcams

BBC holds a main page that links several webcams across England including those inside of BBC television studios

 

Varies

India Live Cam

Many cameras streaming from all over India

 

8 seconds

Lighthouse in Nova Scotia

Not a crystal clear feed, but still gives a demonstration for students on how lighthouses work

 

3 seconds

London Panoramic view

An impressive panoramic view of London, especially at night

 

Live

New York City Live

See what happens in the city that never sleeps

Yes

Live

US Continental Divide

Click on the second webcam for a full screen image

 

15 minutes

Vatican Webcam

Six camera feeds from across Vatican City are available

 

2 minutes

 

History/Social Studies

Site

Notes

Interactive

Image Refresh Time

9/11 Ground Zero Cams

View progress on the rebuilding efforts at Ground Zero

 

Live

 Anne Frank House Webcam

A nice view of the area around the museum and the tree about which Anne Frank wrote

 

unknown

Fort Sumter National Monument

Could be a conversational piece during a Civil War Unit

 

30 seconds

Little Bighorn Battlefield

Not a great feed

 

6 minutes

Mt. Rushmore Webcam

Not a great feed, but definitely gives you a scenic view of Mt. Rushmore

 

Unknown

Mt. Vesuvius Webcam

What does Mt. Vesuvius look like today compared to ancient times?  This might give you an idea

 

30 seconds but user must refresh browser

Pyramids at Giza

Currently a slideshow is available, but webcams should be up soon

 

Unknown

Statue of Liberty Cam

Track Lady Liberty throughout the day

 

Live

 

Science

Site

Notes

Interactive

Image Refresh Time

Alaska Airmens Association, Anchorage, Alaska

Watch planes take off and land. Scroll down to see earlier photos

 

60 seconds

Discovering the Big Bang Theory - Large Hadron Collider

Watch as these scientists work in a controlled environment to test the Big Bang Theory

 

30 minutes

Kennedy Space Center Video Feeds

15 Channels of NASA television available.

 

Live

Live Pond Cam from the UK

Three different camera feeds to see life in a pond

 

Live

Skatelab : Indoor Skatepark and Museum

Physics at its best.  Using two different camera feeds discover the science of skateboarding

Yes

Live

What's Up at the Cos: News and New stuff from space

Weekly interactive science show for grades 5-12 on current events with NASA and the Cosmosphere.  You can view recorded shows or watch live every Thursday 11am Central

Chatroom feature open during live feed

Weekly

Canada France Hawaii Telescope Webcams

Take a peek at the large telescope located in Hawaii.  Sorry it’s only an outside view

 

60 seconds

Mount St. Helens VolcanoCams

Current conditions on Mount St. Helens along with a news blog are available when weather is good

 

60 seconds

Panama Canal Locks Feed

Watch 24/7 vessels come in and out of the locks

 

15 seconds

NASA TV

Depending on what is going on at NASA, you might be able to view live images from the shuttle or space station

 

Live

 

 



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