Google Maps

Over the Fall break I took my family on a Fall Camping Trip in the middle of nowhere Western North Carolina.  Ok, it was just outside of Robbinsville, NC. This was the first time that we have ever visited this part of NC.  But, the crazy thing is, I didn't pack a map.  To be honest, I can't think of the last time I used a paper map. I, like many, plugged my phone in and followed the Waze app till we got to our destination. I knew exactly how long it would take us, the cheapest gas on the route, and if there was road construction ahead. Knowing directions and locations is still very important but I did not have to memorize anything. I could think more about the why of my journey and not the what. (For the record, always be aware of your surroundings)
   So, that made me think about a service that both us and our students have access to. Google MyMaps.  With Google MyMaps, students and teachers can create their own maps. Students and teacher  have the availability Drop pins, and add information such as pictures and text and even measure distance! Maps can be collaborative and others can see and edit.  Here is an example of our family voyage. Think about an upcoming unit you may be doing. You can add pins to your map with pictures and information of different locations. Maybe your class is reading a book, why not make a map and explore all the places that the character may visit.  Below is a screencast  I created about using Google Mymaps. If you have questions please email or call.

Take Care,
Clint


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