March 11, 2015
Google Maps is an excellent tool to use with students to develop their spatial thinking. Beyond getting driving or walking directions to the other, this tool enables students to discover the world right from their classrooms. It is also a very good way to teach students about geography concepts, distance measurement, map readings and other fundamentals of mapping such as longitude, latitude, locations and many more.
There are actually several ways to use Google Maps with students. Here are some few examples suggested by Google:
- Create collaborative maps
- Create a campus or school district map
- Create a family heritage map
- Get walking directions
- Plan a trip using public transportation
- Get biking directions
- Add or edit places on maps for your community
- Compare neighbourhoods and communities across the world
- Understand traffic patterns
- Use maps as writing inspiration
To help students and teachers learn more about Google Maps and tap into its educational potential, Google Maps’ YouTube channel has this compilation of excellent tutorials to share with you. Maps help page is also another great place for everything you need to know about Google Maps.