G is for Google
1 - Map Menu
1A - Click to add title and description to your map
1B - Click for: New Map, Open Map, Embed Map, Delete Map, Export to KML (for use with Google Earth)
1C - Click to add another layer. MyMaps is limited to 3 layers with 100 points on each layer.
1D - Click to to Change:
Style: Change pin style - Default is “uniform”, all pins the same style and color, but many other choices available including “individual”, each pin is different and “Style by Column Data”.
Data: Click to view data table if your map was created using imported spreadsheet data
Labels: Add text labels to your map pins
1E - Base Map can be changed. Click to view different map backgrounds.
2 - Location Search
2 - Omnibox search - enter place name or location to find on map
3 - Map Tools
4 & 5 - Map Marker Detail View
Above and Beyond: My Maps
Google Support Pages:
Add Photos, Videos, text etc. Able to add multiple images, videos to a single point.
Import data from spreadsheets, XML, and more. Maps Engine Lite limited to 100 points, spreadsheets with maximum of 15 columns
Google Maps Gallery - Click on “Explore” a choose one of the categories to see all the creative ways in which you could use Google Maps with students.
Google Cultural Institute - The world’s cultural treasures at your fingertips. Take virtual tours, save your favorites, explore collections. Includes famous works of art, world heritage sites and more. Click HERE to watch a great overview video. Click HERE for World Wonders Project Teacher Resources.
Real Time Data Resources - Bring relevance and current events into your classroom by designing a Maps project focused around real time data.
Google Tour Builder - Tour Builder allows you to pick the locations right on the map, add in photos, text, and video, and then share your creation. Tours are “animated”. Tour Builder is a Beta product and limited to use on PCs and Macs since it requires you to download a Plug-in. Click HERE to see sample tours that have been shared. Click HERE for tutorials on Tour Builder.
Google Maps Views Photospheres - Crowd-sourced, panoramic images of locations around the globe.
Sample Maps created by others might help you generate ideas for use with your students!
Google Maps for Educators - Check out a range of lesson ideas sorted by subject area.
Examples shared by Kim Randall
More Examples Shared by Jim Sill
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