Google Maps for Learning

Google Maps

I have only ever used Google Street View to look up places I have travelled to, or to show people where I used to live growing up.  I have also used it prior to a trip to explore the surroundings and vacation spot, and sometimes while I am on the trip I have used it as a map or guide.

You can Google Maps to teach geography , history , sociology, and also for discussions on culture, politics, human rights, environmental issues and more.

From the Google Maps website,listed here are ways to Google Maps for education purposes.


Google’s geo products give you and your students easy access to the world’s visual information. Once, maps were available only to royalty but now, you can explore Earth, Moon, Mars, and even dive into the depths of the oceans. The possibilities of using Google Maps, Earth and Street View are as endless as your imagination. We encourage you to explore, create, and collaborate.

Google Maps

With Google Maps, you and your students can become arm-chair explorers and cartographers with ease. Google Maps are a fun and visual way to help students understand geography concepts, map reading, location, and distance measurement. Besides using Google Maps to teach the fundamentals of mapping, like latitude and longitude, you can inspire students to investigate the world and to think spatially. You can use Google Maps with your students to:

  • Create collaborative maps
  • Create a campus or school district map
  • Create a family heritage map
  • Get walking directions
  • Plan a trip using public transportation
  • Get biking directions
  • Add or edit places on maps for your community
  • Compare neighborhoods and communities across the world
  • Understand traffic patterns
  • Use maps as writing inspiration

Google Earth

Google Earth offers a variety of ways to interact with and explore the world, ocean, and beyond. Here are just a few ideas for your classroom:


  • Use Historical Imagery to travel back in time and view your neighborhood, home town, and other familiar places to see how they have changed
  • Learn more about the US Presidents, their birthplaces, and the progression of states that voted during elections
  • View the many historical maps from the David Rumsey Map collection, like the Lewis and Clark trail map from 1814


  • Explore the Earth’s many biomes and habitats on all of the continents
  • Explore the rich resources from the Science Education Resource Center (SERC) to help facilitate better understanding of the Earth’s many systems
  • Explore the under water terrain, visit sea vents, and learn about the health of the ocean

Space Science

  • Using Mars in Google Earth, view images downloaded by NASA just hours ago, in the Live from Mars layer.
  • Take an interactive tour of Mars, narrated by Public Radio’s Ira Flatow or Bill Nye the Science Guy
  • View 3D rover models and follow their tracks to see high-resolution 360-degree panoramas Search for famous Martian landmarks, such as the Face on Mars or Olympus Mons
  • Take tours of the landing sites on the Moon, narrated by Apollo astronauts


  • Utilize Real World Math and the variety of lesson plans that utilize Google Earth to teach a wide range of math concepts
  • Use the Ruler tool to calculate distances in various units of measurements
  • Find the angle of elevation for hiking trails or ski runs using trigonometric functions


  • Overlay topographic maps on to Google Earth to compare and contrast different types of geographic representations
  • Challenge students to make their own real-world decisions using Juicy Geography lessons for Google Earth
  • Practice differentiating between physical and cultural landscape features of the world’s largest cities

Google Street View

Google Street View enables you and your students to explore many of the world’s treasures up close without leaving the classroom. The Google Cultural Institute brings together millions of artifacts from multiple partners, with the stories that bring them to life, in a virtual museum.

Sign Up

There is no need to sign up,  just go to google maps.


  • Prepare how you will be using google map for learning
  • Make sure you have an internet connection
  • Learn how to navigate the maps
  • Let the learner explore and learn
  • Know landmarks and addresses of places you plan to look up

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