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Pushing Boundaries: Exploring the World through Maps: Google Maps


Begun in 2005, the web-mapping service application/technology provided by Google Maps has opened up the world to everyday users, providing maps/route planners, satellite imagery, street views, and interactive functions that are fed through serious data mining and social media input.

Controversial in it's efforts to "map the world," including you, (read about it here) Google maps has inspired some impressive projects and functionality that can be useful for learners.  Smart users will take part, always with an eye towards protecting their own privacy and that of others.


Google Maps Gallery
Gallery features published Google maps, sorted by categorys (Environment, Historical, etc.). and is fully searchable.

Project Street Art
An ongoing project features street art at locations around the globe.

Google Art Projects
Visit and "walk" the galleries of museums around the world.

Project Night Walk
Allows students to walk the neighborhood of Cours Julien (Marseille) at night. using Google Street view images.

Street View and Street View Treks and World Wonders
"Explore world landmarks, discover natural wonders, and step inside locations such as museums, arenas, restaurants and small businesses with 360-degree images on Google Maps with Street View." Learn more about this project here.

Travel by Drone
This project features drone videos uploaded around the world at various locations. An exciting way to see the world!


Crisis Maps
Current information on crisis around the glob. Layer on geological, meterological and other useful visual data. Check out the Carbon Story project, World Underwater, for a prediction of a world where global warming remains unchecked.

Back in Time 
Available in Street View back to mid 2000's ( to the mid-1990s in Google Earth Desktop) Review the development (or destruction) of a place using images archived in Google Maps. Learn more here.


Google Maps Map Maker and Google MyMaps
Allows you to add and update geographic information about the places you know. Your updates will be reviewed and once approved, will appear online for people from all over the world to see. Allows you to drop in CSV data sheets gathered using google forms.

Google Maps Tour Builder
"Tour Builder is a new way to show people the places you've visited and the experiences you had along the way using Google Earth. It lets you pick the locations right on the map, add in photos, text, and video, and then share your creation."

Google Indoor Maps
Map a public building's floor plan for publication. Be sure to read the "content guidelines."

Play and Learn

Build with Chrome
Build virtual lego communities in the world!

Smarty Pins
Addicting geographical knowledge game. Start with 1000 miles in your bank. Drop map pins on the correct location to move onto the next question. Lose miles for every mile off. Run out of miles and your done.

Learn more!

Curated Resources of Google Maps and Google Earth
Kurt Wismer, Google Certified Teacher and Education Trainer, developed this google site that allows you to "take time to explore the best that Google Maps has to offer. Take the Mapping with Google course to learn how to use Maps and Earth like a pro, explore the Fun with Maps and Fun with Earth pages to discover everything you didn't know about Google geo tools."

Library Information and Media Center - Monona Grove High School - Monona, Wisconsin

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