Tell A Story Using Google Maps

Tonight's learner PD was using Google Maps to create a story. Here's the link to the story I created as the example and stimulus for my small group of keen learners.

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I was thinking that this could be a great tool for so many things - great for SOSE, mapping locations from stories, creating narratives, histories, mathematical journeys etc. This has been blogged thoroughly by the talented Silvia Tolisano, and this project could also kick start some great story telling and learning. I could imagine some powerful stories from my school's multicultural student population tracing their family's journey to Adelaide - although many have histories that may not be pleasant to re-visit so sensitivity is always required. An upper primary colleague now wants me to work with her class using Google Maps. I like the look of the Map Maker as well, especially as it comes with plenty of self help documentation. And if I knew how to create the required XML file, then something like Map My Life would be possible.

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5 thoughts on “Tell A Story Using Google Maps

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  2. euntae

    I think using google map or earth for storytelling, creating narrative, or telling history is a very good idea. As a person who want to be an English teacher, I will use this tool for my teahing.

  3. Linda

    This looks great – I want to start using Google Maps more with my upper primary kids. However – how do you overcome the issue that students of this age cant have their own Google accounts, so cant make their own maps? Do you have a class account? If so, can it be used by more than one student at a time? Interested to know what your experience is.

    1. Graham Wegner

      You ask some really good questions that I really don’t have the clear definitive answers to. For the teachers at my school who are interested in using this tool, we are looking at a class account but as for how many can be using Google Maps at the same time, I’m not sure. I would hypothesize that as long as the students were working on separate maps, it should / could be possible. It wouldn’t be hard to set up and test in the classroom however.


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