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                 Blue Ribbon Conference 2009        Thursday, December 10, 2009
                              Mary Christine Dion, Spanish Teacher
                           Reading Memorial High School, Reading, MA
                                   mcdion@reading.k12.ma.us

                                      “Google Maps is an intuitive service for navigating global maps
                                      information. It enables you and your students to look up and
                                      study addresses anywhere in the U.S. and in many other
                                      countries and get point-to-point, draggable directions plotted on
an interactive street map. You can also research public transit options and study Yellow Pages listings
with reviews, business information and coupons. You can freely switch between map, satellite,
terrain, and StreetView modes to gain various perspectives on a location. Best of all, Google Maps is
an online application, so there's no downloading required, and you can access it from any computer
that's connected to the Internet.

Never used Google Maps before? Be sure to check out the Getting Started Guide. While you might
use Google Maps to get around outside the classroom, you might be surprised to see how easy it is to
incorporate content-rich maps into your curriculum!

Google Maps' detailed, highly visual information can be incorporated into numerous lesson plans,
from history to geography, social studies and even economics. Students can use Google Maps to learn
about specific locations and see what they look like from an aerial view; compare their home streets
and neighborhoods with those of distant penpals; and study satellite images superimposed on the
maps.

Google Maps are now editable, so students can add or move your school, rec center, or favorite park
to help other users find the most accurate information. With MyMaps, you and your students can
create personalized, annotated, customized maps. Whether planning a field trip or documenting a
famous traveler's journeys, you can embed photos, videos, and descriptive text to make the content
come alive. You can also publish, share, and invite others to collaborate on your project. Learn more.

Here are some ideas for using Google Maps in your classroom:

       Art History: Search for photos and user-created maps showing famous museums like the
       Louvre in Paris.
       Climatology: Celebrate International Polar Year and add your classroom's plans to this
       global map.
       Earth Science: Use this Google Maps Mashup to locate and learn about recent
       earthquakes around the world.
       Environmental Science: See how Google and the United Nations Environment Programme
       teamed up to use collaborative MyMaps for the International Cleanup Weekend Initiative.
       History: Take a virtual tour of the 21 California Missions.
       Physics: Learn how one teacher used Google Maps with his 9th grade class to teach
       speed, velocity and displacement.”

Courtesy Google Maps for Educators
Creating a Map (from www.google.com/support)

Creating a map is easy. Here are the basic steps:

      1. Click My Maps
      2. Click Create new map.
      3. Add a title and description for your map.
      4. Decide whether the map should be public or unlisted. Public maps are automatically included in
      Google Maps search.
      5. Use the icons in the top left corner of the map. These include:

           Selection tool. Use this to drag the map and select placemarks, lines and shapes.

           Placemark tool. Use this to add placemarks.

           Line tool. Use this to draw lines.

           Shape tool. Use this to draw shapes.

You can return to your map at any time. Just go to Google Maps and click My Maps. Sign in to your Google
Account and select the map from your list of maps.

Saving Driving Directions

With My Maps, you can save, annotate and share driving directions with others. To save directions:

      1. Get the driving directions you need using Google Maps (click here to learn how).
      2. Click Save to My Maps underneath the directions.
      3. You now have the option to save your directions to an existing map that you've created with My
      Maps, or to create a new map. Choose one of these options using the drop-down menu and click
      Save.
      4. You'll now see the directions in the My Maps editor where you can edit the start and destination
      placemarks, as well as your route by clicking on each feature in the left panel.

Deleting Your Maps

To delete a map that you have created:

      1. Click My Maps. A list of your maps appears in the Created by me section.
      2. Click the X beside the map that you wish to delete.

Sharing Your Maps

Once you have created a map, you can share it with others. To do this:

      1. Click the title of the map that you want to share.
      2. Click Link to this page above the map.
      3. You can share this URL with your friends by sending it in an email or posting it on your blog or
      website.
Adding Photos

You can add photos to your map, as long as they are hosted online. Please use a service such as Google
PicasaWeb to put your photos online.

To add photos:

     1. Create or open a map.
     2. Click the appropriate placemark, line, shape. The info window appears.
     3. Click Edit.
     4. Choose Rich Text or Edit HTML.
     5. If you chose Rich Text mode, click the photo icon above the description field (the last one in the
     toolbar). Enter the URL of the photo you would like to add.
     6. If you chose Edit HTML mode, use the <img> tag to add photos. For example, <img
     src="http://www.google.com/intl/en_us/images/maps_results_logo.gif" width=150 height=55> adds
     the Google Maps logo to your map with a width of 150 pixels and a height of 55 pixels.
     7. Click OK to save your changes.

Adding Videos

You can add Google Video and YouTube videos to your map. To do this:

     1. Create or open a map.
     2. Click the appropriate placemark, line or shape. The info window appears.
     3. Click Edit.
     4. Choose Edit HTML.
     5. Find the video you want on YouTube or Google Video. Copy the snippet of code that lets you
     embed the video into a website or blog.

       On Google Video, the snippet looks like this:
       <embed style="width:400px; height:326px;" id="VideoPlayback" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"
       src="http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docId=-274981837129821058&hl=en" flashvars="">
       </embed>
       On YouTube, the snippet looks like this:
       <object width="425" height="350"><param name="movie"
       value="http://www.youtube.com/v/hKoB0MHVBvM"></param><param name="wmode"
       value="transparent"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/hKoB0MHVBvM"
       type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" width="425"
       height="350"></embed></object>

     6. Paste the snippet of code into the description field of your placemark, line or shape.
     7. Click OK to save your changes.

All material above courtesy http://maps.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=68480

Useful links (including video tutorials):
Video overview of Google Maps                              Map of where Google Maps Street View is available
Google Geo Education Home                                  Video- using “Pegman” - Google Maps Street View
Geo Education Classroom Ideas                              Share your expertise with other teachers!
Geo Education Classroom Activities

Student work:
¡Una Aventura por Madrid! (Adventure Through Madrid!)

				
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