Over a decade ago, when webcams were just being introduced, I was told about a fantastic webcam in the polar bear exhibit in the Alaskan zoo. I looked at it after school and it was amazingly cool (pun intended). It also supported an authentic project I was doing with a group of kids about the fifty states.
So the next morning I very excitedly invited several students to my office to view the polar bears. We logged on to the webcam and…..nothing! Black screen. I was so bummed. The teacher who told me about the webcam happened to stop by, and we told her the webcam was broken. She looked at me like I was a total idiot (she was one of those very expressive people), and said, “Duh, it’s 5:00AM in Alaska and it’s winter.” This led to a very authentic conversation about time zones, and sunrise/sunset at different latitudes.
*There are many live webcams in zoos all over the world. Check them out for some great authentic viewing!