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Creating Personalized Maps with Google My Maps
Carsten Braun, Westfield State College
SummaryThis activity focuses on one of the many free web mapping applications available: Google My Maps. Here you will learn how to create your own personal map in Google My Maps, complete with linked photographs and YouTube videos.
Type and level of course
This activity is suitable for an introductory Geosciences course, an introductory GIS course, or any other GIScience course that includes field mapping amd data collection. Google My Maps makes it easy to create personalized maps, linked to photographs and videos, for any location in the world.
Geoscience background assumed in this assignment
GIS/remote sensing skills/background assumed in this assignment
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Time required for students to complete the assignment:
GIS/remote sensing techniques students learn in this assignment
Very limited - if anything: digitizing and map making.
Other content/concepts goals for this activity
The basic idea behind this activity is to show students a simple and easy way to expand the capabilities of Google Maps. These maps do not require the use of any specialized software and can be shared with anyone. Students are typically amazed how easy it is to create these maps and to link photographs and YouTube videos.
Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity
Description of the activity/assignmentThis activity focuses on one of the many free web mapping applications available: Google My Maps. Here you will learn how to create your own personalized maps in Google My Maps, complete with linked photographs and YouTube videos. The applications are endless: from your local running/biking routes to a map of your field area, complete with sample locations, sample data, and photographs. You can easily share your map with the rest of the world!
Determining whether students have met the goalsStudents email me the link to their map.
More information about assessment tools and techniques.
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- Activity Description/Assignment: Creating Personalized Maps with Google My Maps (Microsoft Word 990kB Aug15 10)
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