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Google Maps Tutorial – Start Here

Everyday Use

Google Maps is an incredibly useful tool, one that I personally use every week (often daily) to find my way around town, locate bus stops and businesses, get point to point directions, and to look up places I travel to (like the one below of our trip to New Zealand).

In School

I use it in school as well to teach students about geography, follow book plots, create maps of field trips, locate places they are learning about, and to take virtual field trips (zoom around the Colosseum below).

Start Here

Recently, Google came out with a great little Maps tutorial called Start Here. The tutorial takes you on a journey through Google Maps showing you how to do things like create maps with locations, photos, and links, get driving directions, use indoor maps, explore street view, and many other useful skills. This is a great tutorial for students and adults as well.

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