For a simple activity you can try in your classroom, here's an idea from Ben Bruno.
Giving and Receiving Directions (Part II)
In the last Tech Tip, we talked about using Google Maps while working with students on how to give directions. Another activity you can try involves printing maps from Google Maps and using student cell phones to record short videos of directions. Many people are not comfortable appearing on camera, but not to worry - only students' hands will appear in these videos, allowing them to focus on their speaking skills.
Afterwards, ask the students to exchange the videos to see if they can follow along with the other groups' video directions.
- Help students make sure there is enough light on the map when recording the video so it can be seen easily.
- Ideally, have students record their videos in quiet areas so their oral directions can be heard clearly.
- Share the videos on YouTube if the phone can upload it easily.
- Have students try them out if it is nearby and you have time!