This is a small collection of resources that use Google Maps in combination with information drawn from other sources. This is a rapidly changing technology so don’t be surprised if the sites at the other end of the links differ from this description. Use with caution.
Google Maps Tips and Tricks – Google Maps are pretty easy to use but there are still lots of shortcuts and hidden features. This page will let you in on a few of the secrets behind this tool.
Google Maps Mania – A regularly updated blog that keeps track of the many mashups that mix Google Maps with other data. Most of these are not for use in the classroom, although some teachers might be interested in the Starbucks locator.
Google Sightseeing – A blog that links to unusual sights found on satellite images found on Google Maps and Google Earth. Most information is submitted by readers and they writers encourage tips.
Earthquakes in the Last Week – A mashup of Google Maps with data from the US Geological Survey showing the location and magitude of earthquakes in all parts of the world from the past seven days.
Hurricane Tracking – Overlays tracking data on all named storms from the National Hurricane Center on Google’s maps. An archive is kept of all major storms for more than a hundred years. Includes hurricanes in the Atlantic as well as typhoons in the Pacific.
US Presidents – Shows the birth places of all American presidents. Clicking on the marker brings up some basic information on the person and a marker with information on his wife (wives in the case of Ronald Reagan).
Wikimapia – An ambitious project to “describe the whole planet Earth”. Registered users can add a location description or edit an existing one. Anyone can zoom in and read the notes.
Placeopedia – A site that links locations on Google Maps with the article about that place in Wikipedia. Registered users can add markers to the map and you can download the KML file to see the 50 most recent additions overlaid on Google Earth.
Do It Yourself
QuickMaps – This free site offers teachers (or anyone else) an easy way to mark locations on a Google map with both text and pictures. The maps can be save, linked to and embedded in a web site. The information can also be exported for use with Google Earth.
How To Make Your Own Annotated Google Map – If you would like more control than QuickMaps offers, and are not afraid of learning some scripting, this basic tutorial will get you started.