Teachers are wild about maps. Students are wild about maps. From watching kindergarteners navigate the world to alternative high school students chomping at the bit to take a turn zooming around their neighborhoods and beyond, I have seen Google Maps take kids places.
Have you made your own maps in class? If so, what for? If not, can you think of some uses in the class?
This summer at ISTE (an international tech education conference held in San Diego), curious about the current craze over maps in the classroom and in order to check out my colleagues in action, I attended a session on making maps. I learned that making maps is easy and engaging and can even serve as an assessment tool.
Here is the recording of the KQED presentation Enhance Science Learning with Online Mapmaking, a guided step-by-step, hour-long workshop on creating maps.
4 great reasons to integrate map making into curriculum:
1. It's fun and engaging!
2. Creates ties between content and place
3. Maps are interactive and easy to update
4. Maps can be great assessment tools
4 things that can be included in a map:
3. Photos and Images
Resources for incorporating maps into the classroom:
Media-Making Resources: Google Maps
Creating Maps Using My Maps: Tutorial from Google
Designing an Exploration on Google Maps: A Guide for Educators and Group Leaders: From KQED QUEST (pdf)
Sample Maps Created by Students and Educators:
Water Striders Junior Guide Map: Created by fifth graders and the Oakland Museum of California
Geological Features of Yellowstone: Created by science teachers in Acalanes Union High School District