Tag Archives: Google Maps

Explore the Pyramids on Google Maps

Google Maps now offers street views of the monuments of Egypt, including panoramas and street view access of the Pyramids.

This an addition to Google’s “Treks,” which includes streetview access of the world’s natural and man-made wonders, including Mt. Everest, the Grand Canyon,  the Eiffel Tower, and more.


Walk the Ocean Floor with Google Maps Street View

In a project sponsored by Google and Catlin Seaview Survey, Google Maps now offers “Street View” of the Ocean Floor. A majority of the images have been collected off the coast of Australia and the Caribbean. Scientists in America will be exploring fish-eye under water photography this week in the Florida Keys. 

You can read more about the project via the Associated Press or this summary by Scientific American. You can peruse the collection of underwater Street View images (with more coming) here.


The Underwater Museum of Isla Mujeres, Mexico Courtesy of Google Maps

The Underwater Museum of Isla Mujeres, Mexico
Courtesy of Google Maps

Smarty Pins – Google Maps, geography trivia, and video games

Some great ways to use Google in the History Classroom!

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Google Maps. Geography trivia. And video games. Three of my favorite things. And now, they’re all together in one place.

Google’s new Smarty Pins. (Get it? Smarty Pants – Smarty Pins? You nutty Google engineers!)

Smarty Pins is basically a simple trivia game that asks questions with geo-tagged answers using the Google Maps interface.

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Google Street View Lets Users Become Virtual Timer Travelers

“A lot can change in seven years: buildings rise and landscapes change. Whether you’re standing near the ocean in Japan or in the middle of Times Square, your view will likely be quite different in less than a decade.

That’s the premise behind Google Maps’ newest time-lapse tool, launched today. Since it was released in 2007, Google Street View has allowed users to explore a given area from the perspective of walking along a sidewalk, but with the new tool, they’ll actually be able to see how the street and its surroundings have changed…”

Read Further at: Google Street View Lets Users Become Virtual Timer Travelers.

Google Tools Launches Thematic National Geographic Maps

This 1921 map of Europe shows the countries established by the Peace Conference of Paris.

This 1921 map of Europe shows the countries established by the Peace Conference of Paris.

Google in conjunction with National Geographic has launched its thematic maps, available online and for free. They have integrated the new maps galleries into the google search engine.

You can learn more about the launch at National Geographic’s blog here. Maps from the National Geographic Society can be found in a special section of Google, here.

Making Magnificent Maps

The next session I am attending is “Making Magnificent Maps” by Jim Sill. I’ve been wanting to play more with the Google Maps Engine and excited for the opportunity! If you would like to see his presentation page, check it out here. Jim tells us that this session is divided into two parts: the new Google Maps and Google Maps Engine lite.

“The real world is continually changing and our maps should reflect that.” – Ed Parsons, Geospatial Technologist at Google

Screen Shot 2013-10-20 at 10.12.18 AMIf you’ve played with the new Google Maps then you know that it is very different than the old maps. It is still missing some older features, but (according to Google) they are coming! The new Google Maps becomes more detailed the more you zoom. By putting in Ravenscroft (our host institution), it gives me a detailed card in the top left with contact information and reviews! The new directions feature will also give you turn by turn directions based on driving, walking, cycling, and public transportation! I love this feature in my hometown of Miami as well as when I’m traveling! The same features are active on your Maps for iOS and Maps for Android.

Screen Shot 2013-10-20 at 10.18.22 AMAnother cool feature of the new Google Maps is that it gives you some great, specialized tours of different locations. I just looked up Angkor Watt – not only did it show me different information about the site, but in the carousel you see pertinent images and can take a slide show tour! Some of the images are in 3D! This is a great way to take your students on a virtual field trip.

You can also search maps in your region. For example, if I want to find museum in Miami, you can simply focus your map on the city of Miami and type in “museums.” It will then populate your map with museums and you can select them individually from there. A great feature for nerds like me!

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The new Google Maps is entirely cloud based – accessible on mobile, laptops, any device connected to the internet.

Zooming out even further gives you a view of the Earth and the sun in real time! Great way to explore weather patterns, geography, etc.

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The new maps still has the great street view features (walk through the Colosseum or Teotihuacan). Google has a lot of great street views from places most of us will never visit like Mt. Everest and Antarctica.

The next topic that we covered is the new Google Maps Engine Lite. It’s the new map engine and a little different than classic. If you would like a brief tutorial on using the Google Maps Engine Lite, check out this short video by Bradley Lands:

You can also check out the much lengthier instructions offered by Google Earth Outreach as well as Jim Sill’s website on Google Maps Engine Lite.

We jumped into creating a new test map. In the new maps, you can have up to three layers. Just like Google Drive you can share with other users (view, edit, etc).

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By sharing a map with your students, they can create a map of anything: Civil War Battles, Museums, their hometowns, etc. It’s highly adaptable to different curriculum: Social Studies, Science, Language, etc. As a group, we all added our favorite places in America. While it’s not in realtime you can view everyone’s addition by simply refreshing the page!

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Another cool feature is that you can build maps using Google Forms and Spreadsheets. It’s a little tricky to explain here but there are a lot of tutorials online that will help you do this (check out the above links on Google Maps Engine Lite). Just remember that you can only have three layers and 100 points per layer.

What’s really great about this tool is that you can build a collaborative map in a single space. You can then share the map by embedding it into a website or in a file that can be opened in Google Earth.

I have to say, I’m really excited to play more with this tool and roll it out in the classroom!

Google Treks – Streetview of Breathtaking Places!


Google has recently released Google Treks. The new Treks feature allows the panoramic view that people have enjoyed in Google Maps Street View  for sites that are more challenging to reach, such as the Grand Canyon or Everest. Google already has a great repository of locations and is in the process of adding more. This is a great resource of educators to explore virtual field trips, mapping, geography, ecology, marine science, and more!