Blog 25: Using Google Maps to map learning across the school year.

I have long been a fan of Google Maps ever since I set up the primary blog map (http://goo.gl/maps/GnGtN).  For those unfamiliar with Google Maps, it is part of the Google package, so if you have a GMail account or a Google Apps for edu account you will have access. To access it, use the services tabs along the top of the Google homepage.

You can create your own personal maps, on which you can pin destinations with notes, HTML code and links. You can keep the map private, or share it by making it public and sharing the map's URL or embedding the map on a blog or webpage (see below).
(Primary Blog Map)

What we have done on our class webpage is create a Class Learning Map.  As the year progresses we will add destinations that we have 'visited' in our learning. By the end of the year we should have a well populated map.
I really like the way it allows the pupils the opportunity to explore the destinations discussed using satellite views.

You can see our current learning map by visiting this url: https://mapsengine.google.com/map/viewer?mid=zY0HfQkd_QCw.kJmGh7SiuTl0

If your pupils have their own blogs and Google accounts, why not let them create their own maps, writing about the places that they have visited?

It's a simple, straightforward idea that is easy to maintain- get the pupils to do it all!

Like this idea? There's loads more at www.chrismcwilliam.blogspot.co.uk


  1. Hi Chris,

    Thanks for sharing this idea and much simpler than a lot of apps out there that do much the same. However, the link to the example map isn't working. Can you check it and fix? Thanks,


  2. Hi. Is it working now?

    Thanks for the feedback and glad you liked the idea.