Google Maps in the Classroom


We were fortunate to attend the Google Summit here in Singapore last week where Patrick Green (@pgreensoup) ran a workshop on using Google Maps in the classroom. We were so excited by the prospect of using this tool in our classrooms that we presented the ideas to our Grades 3 and 5 teaching teams. 

Step 1
While signed in to any of your GApps select the word ‘Maps’

Step 2
This is where you can see all your maps and you can create a new map


Step 3
If you click on ‘Create Map’ you will see a dialogue box that looks like this.
Fill in the title of your map, add directions you would like to give the students, and choose if you want to make it a public or unlisted map

Step 4

If you click on the ‘link’ button you will get a dialogue box that looks like this:

This is where you share the information with your students. You can either send them a link by email or you can send them the URL.

When we set up our sample Google Map we decided to ask people to add in their favourite places to eat in Singapore (and we got some great suggestions!).

Have your students use the search bar just above the map to find a place they would like to mark, then when they find it if they click on the place marker they will be given the chance to add it to your shared map. It’s as easy as that!

See any possibilities for the classroom?

Tom Barrett shares at least 15 ways to use Google Maps in the Classroom. See if you have anything to add.

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