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Google Maps

Session Description: Learn to create collaborative multimedia maps with a Google Certified Teacher.  Be inspired by student created maps that demonstrate learning in Math, Science, Social Studies, English and Art.  Try it yourself and discover how easy it is to make beautiful and informative maps by using place marks, paths and areas with embedded data including text, images and YouTube video. You’ll leave this session having mapped out a way to integrate Google Maps into your own learning focused classroom.

Intro: Getting Our Bearings


Street View Demo Slam

Inspiring Ideas

Maps by Educators or Students

US History - Territorial Expansion
Map of Instructions by GCT Patrick Green
Group IV Project - To what extent does a human construct have an affect on the diversity... (consolidated data)
Prague’s Old Town Legends by Nancy VonWalde's 3rd Grade Students
Area of Triangle around School  by Anne Flaherty
Public Art in Prague by the entire Grade 7 at International School of Prague
Underground Railroad  by Katie Sabol, State Library of Ohio
MN Geology Maps by GCT Ben Friesen
Erosion @ WJH by GCT Ben Friesen
Measures in Madrid by GCT Tom Barrett
Earth Science - science619 - The year’s curriculum mapped out.
Ancient Greece - Grade 6 two-student map as notes for the unit.

Blog Posts (with links to Maps)

Teaching Velocity in Physics Using Bus Routes and Google Maps
Plotting Fiction on a Google Map
Preserving the Sarka Valley - Google Maps to Present Research Data
Math Maps - a Collaborative Effort Coordinated by GCT Tom Barrett

Finding more inspiring ideas by searching

Head out on the Trail

Activity 1: The Layover - If you only had 24-48 hours in Singapore what would you do? See? Eat?

1. Go to this map: Singapore Layover
2. Then add 1 or 2 events, restaurants, experiences, places etc. that you would consider "Musts" for visitors with only a few hours in Singapore. Plot the point on the map, label it and choose an appropriate icon for a placemark. Write a short description including what it is and why it is important. Don't forget to add your name into your description. If you found that all to be too easy,consider adding an image or video.

Ideas for Using Google Maps in the Classroom SG2013

Activity Two: Share your ideas

If you were inspired by the work of other educators, and are thinking of a way you can utilize Google Maps in your subject area, don’t just keep it to yourself. SHARE IT! 

 Add your idea to the form on the right of this page and then go here to see the ideas generated by others.

More Resources

What’s New with Google Maps?

Google Maps (and Earth) Team Blog
Google Maps YouTube Channel
Google Maps on Twitter

Video Tutorials, Help, How-to, and Handouts

Google Maps Crib Sheet
YouTube Playlist: Creating Personalized Google Maps
Google Maps Mania Blog
Google Maps Help Page
Student Handout - Creating a Map in Google Maps

Join in! Contribute to the Ongoing Google Maps Projects

Math Maps Started by GCT Tom Barrett
15 Interesting Ways to use Google Maps in the Classroom Started by GCT Tom Barrett
Google Lit Trips - Started by GCT Jerome Berg