Geo-Apps: Google Maps and Google Earth

In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn how to use Google Maps and Google Earth Specifically, participants will learn how to:

  1. Navigate and search in Google Maps and Google Earth
  2. Create a Custom Google Map
  3. Customize Google Map Placemarks with text, links, images, and embedded videos
  4. Share Custom Google Maps with links and as embedded maps on webpages
  5. Use Google Earth's layers, measurement tools, and places
  6. Use Google Earth custom KML/KMZ files created by others
  7. Create custom Google Earth custom KML/KMZ web tours and share them

New: Street View and Earth View!

GWE Maps

Integration Ideas:


Other Applications:

Here are some application that you can use and then embed in Google Maps and Earth.

Google Maps in Other Languages:

Students of foreign languages can be tasked to locate cities, give directions, or create placemarks about museums, shops, geographical features and other cultural practices.

The Tools:

Activity: Create A Multi-Media Map

I have shared a custom map and invited you as collaborators.

  • Add a marker for a place you've always wanted to go
  • The school or place where you work
  • A place you reference in your curriculum
  • A place where you have eaten a GREAT meal!
  • A place where you had a fun adventure (maybe in summer 2010)
  • EXTRA:

Google Maps Tutorial

Google Lit Trips -

More Google Earth Tutorial & Resources

Favorite Ways to Use Geo Apps:

*Big thanks to Google Certified Teacher, Chris Walsh for some of these links.

Walking Tour of Pairs

ATTRIBUTION: These resources were adapted from those created for the Google Maps session of the 2010-11-14 Google Workshop for Educators at iNOCAL, Glendale, AZ by Lisa Thumann and Sallie Hill. This also builds on Spring 2010 T4T and Fall 2010 CiC PI4BL curriculum by Wesley Fryer. Additional links on Wesley's Geo-Apps presentation for 2009-11-15 GWE at iNACOL's VSS‎.

Links from December 2010 workshops:

  1. Our workshop backchannel on Chatzy (for both face-to-face and virtual participants)
  2. Our workshop Channel (for virtual participants only)