We only have an hour so I’m not going to waste your time with any background info about me except to say that I’m not employed by Google Earth, I just think the platform is perfect for kids to learn simple content map creation. The new Google Earth Online version is great to explore the world but does not have any content creation capabilities yet. We will be focusing on Google My Maps and I will then demonstrate a few cool things that make Google Earth (Desktop version) great for creating content.
Before you get started, please take this short quiz:
***Note*** You must use Google Chrome to use Google Earth Voyager (online version).
Lets begin: Go to your own Google Drive. It should look something similar to this:
Click “New” – “More” – “Google My Maps” to open a new My Map.
You will open a new “Untitled” map that looks like this
Take 10 minutes to play.
Look for buttons, open and close things. Try and break it. Discuss with neighbors. Share cool discoveries.
Click on the map below to go to a new shared My Map
Google My Map Help page (It’s actually REALLY GOOD!)
National Geographic blog post:
Three ways Google Mapping can help you in the classroom.
Why Google Earth is awesome for teachers
Slide show for today’s presentation
Bridging Google My Maps and Google Earth PDF