Geo Apps: Maps, Earth, & SketchUp

Overview: Google Maps

Search & Get Directions
Satellite View, Terrain View, & Traffic
Street View
More... (Photos, Videos, Wikipedia, Webcams)
My Maps: Browse & Create
Google Maps Help

Activity 1: Collaborative "Favorite Places" Map
  • Click on the invitation you received to be a collaborator on our "PA Google Virtual Camp" map with your Google Account email address.  
  • Add a place marker identifying your favorite place.
  • Add content to the place marker using the rich text editing tools.
  • Advanced: Add an image or other media to the place marker using the HTML editor.
  • Explore some of your colleagues favorite places...

Activity 2: Map a List
  • Complete the embedded Form below
  • Map a List

  • Viiew the Map a List wizard for creating and managing customized Google maps of address lists.
  • Download KML of your maps / export them to Google earth

Brief Demonstrations:

Resource Library

Integration Ideas:

Other Applications:

Here are some applications that you can use and then embed in Google Maps and Earth.

Google Maps in Other Languages:

Students of foreign languages can be tasked to locate cities, give directions, or create placemarks about museums, shops, geographical features and other cultural practices.
Google Maps Resources
Google Earth Resources
Google Sketch Up Resources

General Geography Resources

Google Maps
Wanna Work Together?
Two Men Take the Wrong Turn Down Street View

YouTube Video

 * There are a few more of these.  Check out the series on YouTube by searching for "The Googling".  My favorite is The Googling IV: Google SMS
How to Edit Features in Google Mapmaker

YouTube Video

Making Your Own Map

* There are more Mapmaker tutorials on YouTube.

And something fun... Sampsonia Way:

YouTube Video

Now go to Googlemaps and search for: Sampsonia Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15212.

Google Earth
Where is Matt in Google Earth

YouTube Video

* Matt traveled all over the world and danced with people.  What a great way to educate children about different cultures and bring us all together.
Check out "Where the Hell is Matt? (2008)".  One of my favorite parts is Matt with the Baliwood Dancers.

Secret Images of Google Earth

YouTube Video

* Pretty Cool!
*For Google Earth tutorial, ideas on how to incorporate Google Earth and other Web 2.0 tools in your classroom, go to Teens and Technology and then click on the GPS and GIS page in the left-hand column.

Google SketchUp

Google Video

How to Build a Robot in SketchUp

YouTube Video

*Check out other SketchUp tutorials from basic to advanced on YouTube.

Google Teacher Academy Resources (from GCT Thomas Cooper Andrew Gardner and other GCT's):

From the Earth Geo Apps Maps Earth and Sketchup


Andrew's GLI Google Maps Preso

GLI CVCUE - GeoAps 3.28.09

Activities for the Week

1.  Collaborative Activity Idea: Create A Multimedia Map
  • Create a new custom map and invite at least one other participant as a collaborator.
  • Add a marker for your site (and any other relevant locations).
  • Add additional markers for important buildings or areas at your site.
  • Embed text and media into the markers, including:
    • Text
    • Links
    • Images
    • Video (if applicable)
    • Other, such as a Google Doc, Form, or Presentation
  • Add the lead learner ( as a collaborator on your site.
  • Links to each site will be shared below.

2.  Alternate Activity Idea: Create A "My Favorite Places" Google Earth Tour

  • Search for Your Favorite Places on Google Earth.
  • Add a marker for each of your favorite places.
  • Embed text and media into the markers, including:
    • Text
    • Links
    • Images
    • Video (if applicable)
    • Other, such as a Google Doc, Form, or Presentation
  • Share your KMZ  file of your Favorite Places with the group.
  • Links to each KMZ file will be shared below.
Our Maps
  • summer 2009 take 2.kmz
    12K   Download  

Next Session on August 11...Even More Google.

Jun 23, 2010, 12:19 AM
Jun 23, 2010, 12:19 AM