Maps & Earth

Google Maps

Description
Google's web-based mapping software.  Google Maps provides directions, routes, and views of the world.  The application also provides Street View, the ability in certain locations to fly in to a street-level view of the world.  Through the use of a Google account users can create custom  maps with placemarks and lines individually or as part of a larger group.  

Heads Up! Classic vs. New
In May Google began releasing a new version of Google Maps that is available via invite (as of June 2013).  This new version is very powerful - combining features of Google Earth and classic Google Maps.  However, it requires a computer running the latest operating systems (Apple OSX 10.8.3, Windows Vista/7/8, or ChromeOS).  When creating a custom map in Google Maps you will be redirected to the Classic version.

Classroom Use
  • Use as a research tool to quickly look up up locations and geographical data
  • Obtain directions between locations using Google Maps and have students review the route differences between driving, walking, bicycling, and taking public transit
  • Visit cities on a building-level by using Street View
  • Create collaborative projects, such as post cards or narratives by creating custom  maps with placemarks that incorporate text, images, and video

Google Maps Engine Lite

Description
With the new version of Google Maps, Google released Maps Engine Lite - a powerful tool for creating your own Google Maps.  Maps Engine Lite allows users to easily combine maps and spreadsheets of data.  The only downside to Maps Engine Lite vs. using Classic Google Maps for creating your own maps is that in Maps Engine Lite your placemarks can only contain text.

Classroom Use
  • Use as a research tool to quickly look up up locations and geographical data

Google Earth

Description
Google Earth is a software application that runs on computers and provides the ability for users to fly into different locations throughout the world.  Google Earth also includes numerous built in layers with photos, 3D buildings, historical maps, and many other types of data.  Similar to Google Maps, users can create custom Google Earth maps.

Classroom Use
  • Use as a research tool to quickly look up up locations and geographical data
  • Take students on virtual field trips using Google Earth's built in layers
  • Track real-time and historical earthquake information
  • Review historical maps
  • Evaluate changes in topography and suburban growth through historical satellite imagery
  • Craft digital stories using placemarks that incorporate text, images, and video
  • Record tours between placemarks in Google Earth
Resources to Get You Started with All 3 Products
Google Earth
Google Maps
Maps Engine Lite

Examples of Maps & Earth in Action



Creating Digital Stories with Google Earth



Creating Digital Stories with Google Maps

Creating Maps Two Ways - Maps Engine Lite