Thanks for attending my session at the 2015 VSTE Annual Conference. On this page you’ll find my notes and references from the session, along with links to other resources you can use to continue your learning about My Maps, Google Earth and photospheres. Feel free to leave any comments or questions here.
This short video will give you a good overview of how you can use My Maps.
My Maps is now part of your Google Drive. Start a new map the same way you start any document, under the New menu.
Here are a few examples of maps created using My Maps:
North American Cities – A simple example of a map that uses color coding to group the place marks.
Whirligig – An example of a Lit Trip, a map that illustrates locations from a work of literature. The concept started life in Google Maps (see below) but My Maps makes a wonderful platform for creating a Lit Trip.
The London of Sherlock Holmes – An interactive map showing all of the 400 sites in the books by Arthur Conan Doyle, including GPS markers for each location.
Growth of the United States – A good classroom example that uses the polygon tool to show the territories added to the US over time.
If you want to play with any of these maps, copy it to your Google Drive. This will make a version with full editing rights.
For a good example of using Google Earth in the classroom, download a Google Lit Trip (a Google Earth layer illustrating locations from a work of literature) from the collection on their site.
For some inspiration, start by exploring the thousands of photospheres, both examples from Google Street View and those taken by individuals, in the Street View Gallery.
Now it’s time to try taking some photospheres of your own.
First, Google offers an overview of creating photospheres on their Publish page. Then take a look at some specific directions on how to create and publish photospheres using your iPhone or Android phone.