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New! TechnoMap for Google Slides

TechnoMap is the second in the ‘just released’ introductory series of Google Apps for Education projects. Responding to the increasingly popular use of the free productivity tools provided by Google Apps, TechnoKids Inc. is piloting a series of projects for primary, junior, and middle school grades. These projects will use Google Docs, Google Slides, Google Sheets, and Google Forms. For schools using Microsoft Office, TechnoMap is available in a version for PowerPoint as well.

Use Google Slides for Map Making

In TechnoMap, students create an interactive map. The map has markers that, when clicked, provide facts about a location. The map can represent a geographical, historical, cultural, or even environmental topic.

Map Making with Google Slides

Use Google Slides or PowerPoint to make a clickable map.

Technology Integration

TechnoMap can be integrated into the Social Studies, Geography, History, or Science curriculum. An interactive map is a great way to explore and learn about an area or issue. The topic can be global, national, provincial, state, regional, or local.

Some suggested maps are:

  • People and Places – Explain how land influences human activity. Map the use of natural resources, industry, or recreation in an area.
  • Historical Exploration – Explore a time period or event in history. Map the location and detail the importance of historical battles, treaties, and exploration routes.
  • Celebrate Differences – Pinpoint what makes an area unique. Map each region and explain what makes it different.
  • Current Events – Report what is happening around the world, across the country, or in your own home town. Map the site of each event and provide the facts.
  • National Pride – Express why you love your country or city. Use cultural symbols to identify sites, events, landforms, or other locations that make it a great place to live.
  • Environmental Awareness – Investigate an environmental issue. Map the impact it has had on an area.
  • Tourist Attractions – Plan a trip or highlight reasons to visit an area. Map places that tourists will want to see.
  • Label It – Label parts of a map. Provide facts and pictures about each location.

Design an Interactive Map

To start, students study sample maps. Next, using an inquiry-based approach students select a research question to investigate. They are then guided through creating slides to make a clickable map using Google Slides. Links are created to provide factual information related to the map markers. Upon completion, the interactive map is shared with others using Google Drive and viewers are invited to comment.

TechnoMap Interactive Map

Create an interactive map with Google Slides or PowerPoint

Innovative Solutions

Educators facing limited budgets are looking for creative ideas. Twenty-first century technology skills must be taught, but computer resources are costly. One solution is to save on the cost of updating expensive software. Google Apps for Education is the answer for many schools. TechnoKids’ new projects – TechnoQuestionnaire, TechnoMap, and TechnoTimeline – give these teachers the tools they need to teach essential curriculum and computer skills.

Students Love Google Maps

Use Google Maps with your Grade 3 and 4 Students

Use Google Maps with your Grade 3 and 4 Students

I didn’t think my students would like the map making lesson. I thought they would find it boring.

I was WRONG!

My Grade 3 and Grade 4 students LOVED map making!

I am teaching TechnoJourney, as a guest instructor. The classroom teacher had selected the assignments she wanted me to teach from the technology project. One of the extension activities she chose was map making. In this activity, students use Google Maps to display a street map of the school area and generate a set of driving directions.

NOTE: TechnoJourney was replaced with TechnoInternet. The activities are similar.

I had scheduled the activity for half the class. I did not think it would take very long as there was not that much to do. We just had to type in a few addresses and then explore some of the viewing options. What I did not anticipate was how much the students would love map making.

When using Google Maps the Grade 3 and Grade 4 students loved:

  • changing the magnification of the map
  • displaying photos from around their neighborhood
  • viewing a satellite image of the area around the school
  • pretending to drive around their neighborhood using Street View
  • checking to make sure that the driving directions generated by Google were correct
  • printing out the driving directions with a map and Street View images

Google Maps sparked student interest and it did not take long for the short lesson to expand in a surprising way. Students began to ask excellent questions. They wanted to see and explore more. So we did!

They posed the following questions:

  • Will Google generate the same directions if bus, walk, or bike are selected instead of drive? We found out the answer!
  • Do you have to put in a street address or can you just type in the name of a place? We put that to the test by typing in a range of famous landmarks.
  • Can Google see my house? The students are eight and nine years old. Yes, they do think that Google can see their house. A quick Internet search helped them to understand how Street View was created.

Students made a few mistakes along the way which provided fantastic learning opportunities. For example, they learned:

  • Spelling counts! If you spell the name of a street wrong, then Google will not be able to find the location or will show you a place you do not want to go.
  • Be specific! If you do not specify the city or province Google might display a street map for the correct address in the wrong city.
  • Details matter! If you do not know the house number you may not be able to find where you want to go quickly. Streets can be very long.

At the end of the lesson, we discussed the practical uses for Google Maps and Street View. Here is the list the students generated for why they would use this Internet feature:

  • Get directions to go to a friend’s house to work on a school project.
  • Tell a friend who is coming to my birthday party how to get to my house.
  • If I missed the school bus, I could tell someone how to drive to the school.
  • If I was lost I could find my way home.

I know that you are really busy and that computer lab time can be limited. However, if you have a few minutes at the end of class or you are finished a unit but aren’t ready to start something new, take some time to use Google Maps. Your students will love it!

Does Google Maps Appeal to All Students?

This activity was done with Grade 3 and Grade 4 students. That is very young! Would older students like the activity as much?

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