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Cartography Home



Almost any subject can be studied within a geographical context.  In this session, explore the application of Google Maps and Google Earth to student learning.  Learn how to create Google Map and Earth files, and see how this process can be used to create dynamic lessons where students become 21st Century cartographers.




Be able to describe the components of the Google Map and Google Earth interface.


Be able to describe what a kml/kmz file is.

Be able to build a map in Google Earth and Maps

Be able to describe the differences in functionality between the two tools.

Be able to demonstrate how a map created in Maps can be displayed in Earth

Be able to discuss the importance of a geographical context to the study of any subject matter.

Be able to identify applications of GE/GM to student learning.

Be able to identify potential sources of new information of GE/GM for continued study (del.icio.us RSS feed, blogs, newsletters, etc.)


Opening PowerPoint

Definition of Cartography

Fundamental Literacy

Added Value

Proper Pedagogy




Who are you?



Setting the Stage

Can every subject be studied through a geographical context

How will you help students make meaning of visual data?

How does access to these tools change how teachers teach and students learn?

What are the logistical and technical requirements of these tools?





San Diego fire image

San Diego fire Google Map


Google Maps

Overview of Map characteristics

Terrain, Maps and Streetview views

Examples of data layers


Streetview | Dallas and Dealy Plaza


Create Map

Maps Help is available here | http://local.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=68480

Select the view you want

Design Tools:  grabber, placemark, line, shape tool.

Understanding the Placemark

Adding Content to the placemark (text, hyperlinks, and imagery)

Adding Content via Mapplets (adds layers of data to your maps-Click on Browse Directory)

Your profile page | others access it by clicking on your name

Distributing your map through collaboration tool

Embedding your map in a wiki

KML files

Saving a KML file

Exporting the KML to Google Earth.


Putting this together at this point.

Other resources | YourGMap | TinyMap



Viewing the file created in Google Earth

Click on the KML file


Visit the 1906 EarthQuake

Sierra Club Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Darfur Crisis



Understanding the Interface



Four Main areas

  • Left column with the search/places/and layers
  • Design Tools
  • Navigation controls
  • Viewing window


Some specifics:

  • Requires local install
  • Does not require login and password to create
  • Contains Google Sky as well as a Flight Simulator (v4.2)


Creating in Google Earth

Create a folder

Create a placemark

  • requires an understanding of HTML
  • can use embed codes

Embedding codes in placemark windows

Can show UnitedStreaming content


KMZ vs KML files


Tour Feature


Reviewing the differences between Google Earth and Maps


Bandwidth issues


Visit Google Earth Lessons


Visit JuicyGeography | The Diamond Trade

JuicyGeography blog


Visit Google Lit Trips


Voicethread Embed Code (from Dean Shareski)


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Thank you and questions



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