Developing Creative, Collaborative Geography Projects with Google Maps – NCSS 2013
15 Nov 2013 Chuck Taft
For a social studies teacher, Google Maps can be indispensable. It offers a powerful and engaging platform for teachers to present content and, more importantly, for students to create content collaboratively. students love that they feel like Atlas, holding the world in the palm of the hand (actually, at their fingertips). It’s incredible fun to play around with google Maps, zooming in on your house or school, doing a street level view of your neighborhood, looking for famous landmarks … but how can this powerful tool be used in and out of the classroom for more than just a fly by? With some creativity, experimentation, and guidance, almost any social studies topic can be taught (and assessed) through Google Maps. It takes only a few minutes to devise challenging, creative and engaging activities combining history, geography, and technology. So … let’s take a look at some awesome ideas for integrating Google Maps, and then make one together!