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Google Maps

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Getting Started

  1. To create a Google Map, you must first have a Google account.  Signing up is free and easy through the Google website.
  2. Once your Google account is active, go to the Google Maps page.  You can get there using a Google search.
  3. Next, select the "My Maps" tab from the top of the page.  This will open a blank map of the United States.  Practice moving around the map, zooming in and out, and changing its view from satellite, terrain, and map using the tools on the map itself.
  4. Once you are comfortable with the feel of the map, select "Create new map" from the top of the page.  Much like a wiki, this will turn the map into an editable document. 
    • Use the hand tool to move around the map.
    • Use the placemarkers to highlight key cities, features, etc.  Add information and photos in the box that appears when you drop the placemarker.  Click on the placemarker icon within the box to change its appearance.  This allows you to color-code your map.
    • Use the line tool to connect placemarkers. 
    • Use the shape tool to highligt regions.
  5. Title your completed map and add a description.
  6. Be sure to click "Done" to save your work.

Embedding Google Maps

To embed your map onto a wiki page, select "Link to this page" in the upper right hand corner your Google Map page.  This gives you the HTML code that can be added to your wiki, using the HTML Magic Plugin on your wiki toolbar.



Classroom Uses

  • Map historical landmarks by Empire or era



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