15 Interesting Ways* to use Google Maps in the Classroom *and tips Google Maps Icon Buttons by blumanThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons AttributionNoncommercial Share Alike 3.0 License.
#1 - Place PagesEach location in your searchresults in Maps has a uniquewebpage.This is useful as a simple singlepage summary of information forchildren. They can use it duringtheir own research on a place or Whitby Abbeylandmark.With the placemark open look • Places are now available in thefor the "More Info" link. Google Maps mobile version 4.4.The page includes relevant • Each of the pages are editableinformation, images, mini map, too if the info is not correctvideos etc
#2 - MOLEUse & add to MOLE (Map of Outdoor Learning Opportunities).Add visitors into school, trips and other outdoor experiences.Use the map to discover new places to deepen learningexperiences for your class. Visit mole here. Find out how more here. @primarypete_
#3 - Get to Know Your Neighbourhood Use Google Maps to locate your school. Zoom in to Street View and let students take a virtual tour to their homes. Mark them with map pins. Measure distance traveled using the labs measurement feature.Michael Fawcett@teachernz
#4 - Distance Measurement ToolUse the Distance Measurement Tool and the varied units ofmeasurement to compare lengths on your school grounds.Smoots Away!
#5 - Story MapsUse the map as inspiration tocreate a story.Provide the children with a locationthat frames your narrative. Thinkabout somewhere that wouldprovide a rich visual stimulus fromthe available imagery.Add a starter placemark that thechildren begin from or ask them tocraft their own. Encourage children to use the different layers of information to help guide their narrativeOften useful to work together as a • Earth layer • Streetviewclass to start with. • Wikipedia • Panoramio images
#6 - Path Profile Tool Use the Path Profile Tool to see the shape of land on school trips. Smoots Away! Then untick roads if you want to use pathsThen mark your map by clicking the route -use backspace to re-set a point Then click popup!
#7 Home and HousesWhen looking atdifferent types ofhouses and homese.g. Tudors/Victorian,why not add them to amap. The children canthen click on a pointand look at the housethrough Streetview. Add to this map: http://bit.ly/housesandhomes @ianaddison
#8 Castles and the SeasideIf youre looking at aparticular feature that isntjust in your local area,why not create a map?Ask others to add to it soyou can build up aresource. Someexamples are Castlesaround the world and onewith beaches/ seasides.Children can zoom in orStreetview to see thelocal area. Add to these maps: http://bit.ly/castlemap or http://bit.ly/giraffemap @ianaddison
#9 Ou est la boulangerie?Why not write a set ofinstructions for children tofollow and see if they canget to the right place? Itcould be done in mathswhen learning directions orin language lessons. Wheredo they end up?Children could then writetheir own instructions forsomeone else to follow.
#10 Habitats Map Create a map of the different habitats in your area. Children could add pictures of the creatures they find in each one.
#11 Add images and locations forstudent holidays and school camps andexcursionsWhen students return from tripsthey can upload their photos,showing the location where theywere taken.Based on land-forms and land-marks otherstudents may beable to guesswhere they visited.
#12 Students write the directions thatthey travel to school for other studentsto follow as procedural text.Use Google maps toassist students tovisualise and record thedirections they travel onthe school bus route, orcar travel to school.Another student followstheir directions to see ifthey end up at the samelocation!
#13 - ResearchWe’ve just started using GoogleMaps as a way of beginning ourtopic about India.Children have been finding outabout geographical features suchas rivers and main cities orlandmarks and adding aplacemark to post images andinformation to share with their ~ Steph Ladbrookeclassmates. @sellyeveThe map has been embedded inour Learning Platform.
#14 - As The Crow FliesYou can use the map measurement tool on Google maps topractice area and perimeter. Select places in your town tomeasure and compare. Work in decimals or practice roundingskills as you work with the measurements.Compare "how the crow flies" distances between two towns toactual road travel distance.If you are using "bar models" in math lessons, drawing directlines between towns offers a wonderful visual bar modelexample for calculating how many more or less miles.I havent tried, but can you measure around the planet? @c_arnett
#15 - PostcrossingWhitehouse Common Primary have used a GoogleMap tokeep track of their Postcrossing project, marking postcards thatweve received in pink and sent in blue, changing to greenwhen they arrive. A great online record of the project to go withthe display of postcards in the entrance to school. Lisa Stevens @lisibo @wcprimary
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