Tag Archives: maps

3 Free Map Creators

This is reblogged from my post on FreeTech4Teachers.

Maps are a great way for students to navigate their understanding of different topics. While it is useful for geography (of course), students can also use mapping to increase their understanding of a story in English, a lesson in History, studies in Ecology, and more. Here are three FREE tools that allow students and teachers to create interactive maps, and they don’t require a login!

Zee Maps

Zee Maps allows users to create interactive maps online for free (or an added fee for additional features). At the free level, it does not require a login. Users can import data from an existing spreadsheet or manually input information as they build their map. Users can add multimedia (images, video, or audio) in their markers and color code specific regions (zip codes, states, countries, etc). Another cool feature is that users can crowd-source information from their followers.

NatGeo Mapmaker Interactive

NatGeo has introduced a really cool, interactive map maker to the market. In addition to the traditional mapping tools of markers and shapes/colors, users can use a variety of base maps…

To read more, see my post on FreeTech4Teachers.

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.

America’s Great Cities, Before and After – Interactive Maps via Smithsonian Magazine

San Francisco Peninsula, c/o Wikimedia Commons

San Francisco Peninsula, c/o Wikimedia Commons

Smithsonian Magazine has recently uploaded a series of interactive maps that help Americans to explore the topography of various cities – comparing the way they once looked to the present day. Check out all of their maps here: America’s Great Cities, Before and After. A couple of my personal favorites:

What Did San Francisco look like in the mid 1800s? – The interactive map allows you to compare the mid 19th century city to the modern, sprawling urban center. Explore the expansion of the city by the bay!

Compare New York City 1836 to Today – This interactive map compares New York City of 1836 to the megalopolis of today. You can explore the evolution of city neighborhoods, the park system, and more.

Other maps include Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., and Denver. All of the maps are very cool, interactive, and allow an overlapping comparison of urban development in these regions.

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!

Stanford Posts Modeling Program for Mapping the Ancient World

Stanford has just launched Orbis, a self described: “Geospatial Network Model of the Roman World reconstructs the time cost and financial expense associated with a wide range of different types of travel in antiquity.”

Scholars, laymen, educators, and students can use this tool to made traveling networks (by land and sea) for more than 751 ancient sites in the ancient world and are able to examine mileage distance, travel difficulty, and estimated time for traveling by foot or boat.

This is an amazing and innovative tool for those working in the ancient world. It is easy to navigate and quick to adapt. I highly recommend playing around – try to figure out how long it would take to get from Londinium to Antioch as a civilian or a soldier, by land or by sea.

To play around with the site, check it out at Stanford’s Orbis Website or following them on twitter @orbis_stanford