Resource Introduction: Google My Maps

You’ve never made maps like these! Unlock the full force of the Internet in map activities for any class!

What is it?

Google My Maps uses the powerful Google Maps engine to offer the user the ability to create, edit, and share maps. You can use the system to pin places, add images, draw shapes, and more. Essentially, you can use the power of the entire Internet to develop a detailed map.

And of course, as with all things Google, your work is account-based, so your map will link to your Google Drive and be accessible and shareable anywhere.

How can I use it?

Well first, you’ll have to get past the “Wow” factor. Once you’ve recovered from how cool it is, you can start. How about using it for students to plan an imaginary trip to a foreign nation studied in a world language class? How about using it to track and annotate the travels of a fictional character in a real location? How about using it to help students explore the events in history at a specific place and time? Maybe you could use it for students to demonstrate diverse ecosystems of the globe. The applications are nearly endless and work for any subject area.

While you’re working with it, do not forget that users can create maps directly in their Google Drives. Oh, and, if you’re not playing with the nine different base maps views, from satellite to simple atlas, you’re not having as much fun as you could!

Who’s using it?

Check out these teachers that know and use Google My Maps in your school. Ask them for help!

At Southview, Katy Creecy

At Highland, Kyle Newnham and Kayla Wiemers

At Stranahan, Amanda Sanderson

At Central Trail, Julie Bennett and Christina Renz

Are you or someone you know using this? Notify us, and we’ll post your or their name here as a building expert! Email to

Google’s The Apps Show explores Google My Maps. The episode discusses business applications, but it provides a simple tutorial applicable to education.

Resource Links

Google My Maps Home Page

Google’s Support Page for My Maps

Google Blog Post Explaining My Maps

TechRepublic’s “Pro Tip: Google My Maps is now even easier” (simple text-based instructions)

Author: Alexander Clarkson

After ten years of teaching English language arts at Southview High School and three years at McCord Junior High School, Alex is the first digital instruction specialist for Sylvania Schools. He moves from building to building helping teachers reach and engage their students through digital learning.

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