CTAP3 TC - 4/27/13

Crafting Digital Stories with Maps & Earth

Time to Play - Introductions via Collaborative Google Map
Time to Play - Exploring Google Earth
  • Navigate to a personal place of reference (school, home, childhood home, etc.) checkout the following:
    • Street View
    • 3D Buildings
    • 360 Cities
    • Rumsey Historical Maps
Video Tutorials

Google Maps

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.

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.

Resources to Get You Started

Google Earth

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