Besides using Google Maps to teach the fundamentals of mapping, like latitude and longitude, you can inspire students to investigate the world and to think spatially. You can use Google Maps with your students to:

  • Create collaborative maps
  • Create a campus or school district map
  • Create a family heritage map
  • Get walking directions
  • Plan a trip using public transportation
  • Get biking directions
  • Add or edit places on maps for your community
  • Compare neighborhoods and communities across the world
  • Understand traffic patterns
  • Use maps as writing inspiration

Google Earth provides many ways to understand our planet and all of its uniqueness. In addition to basic geography, teachers are using Earth for history, science and other subject areas. Here are examples of schools using Earth:

  • Use historical imagery to travel back in time and view your neighborhood, hometown and other familiar places to see how they have changed
  • Learn more about your country’s leaders, their birthplaces, where they went to school or started their careers
  • Explore the rich resources from the Science Education Resource Center (SERC) to help facilitate better understanding of the Earth’s many systems
  • Explore the under water terrain, visit sea vents and learn about the health of the ocean
  • Use  Mars in Google Earth to view images downloaded by NASA just hours ago, in the Live from Mars layer
  • Take an interactive tour of Mars, or view 3D rover models and follow their tracks to see high-resolution, 360-degree panoramas
  • Search for famous Martian landmarks, such as the Face on Mars or Olympus Mons
  • Utilize  Real World Math and the variety of lesson plans that utilize Google Earth to teach a wide range of math concepts
  • Use the ruler tool to calculate distances in various units of measurements
  • Find the angle of elevation for hiking trails or ski runs using trigonometric functions
  • Overlay topographic maps on to Google Earth to compare and contrast different types of geographic representations
  • Challenge students to make their own real-world decisions using Juicy Geography lessons for Google Earth

Street View
Street View allows you to see the world and its treasures without leaving the classroom. Street View includes, the Google Cultural Institute, which brings together millions of artifacts from multiple partners, with the stories that bring them to life, in a virtual museum. Collections include:,. (2014). Google for Education . Retrieved 22 October 2014, from

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