Google Maps

Session Description:

Learn to create collaborative multimedia maps with Google Certified Teacher, Patrick Green. 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 imported 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, no matter the subject @pgreensoup +PatrickGreen

Get Packing: Inspiring Ideas

Maps by Educators or Students

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.

13 Colonies - Grade 8

Get Your Bearings: How to use the tools

Top Tips for working on a collaborative map

1. Sign in to Google Maps

2. Search for your placemarks, then add them to a map by clicking the placmark then clicking "Add to map".

Head out on the Trail

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

1. Go to this map: Redondo Beach Layover (don't forget the top tips above) group two

2. Then add 1 or 2 ATTRACTIONS, (restaurants, experiences, places, trails, etc.) that you would consider "Musts" for visitors with only a few hours in Redondo Beach. 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 as part of the title.

3. Bonus: If you found that all to be too easy,try to accomplish the following bonus tasks

  • Change the icon to better represent the attraction
  • Add an image into the description.
  • Add a video into the description.
  • Try adding a shape or line to represent an area or hiking trail. Can you change the color?

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.

Importing Data and Using Layers


Here is a demo map with our own data from this session

Import Data

Label and Style the Content

More Resources

Google Map Engine Lite

Maps Engine Lite Help

Google Tour Builder

Student Example

Google Views

Create Your Own StreetView Map

Here is my first attempt: My Brother's Dental Office

Singapore American School: Middle School Library

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 - Old 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