Digital Mapping and Virtual Field Trip Resources for Teachers and Students

Maps are a useful tool for many of us in our day to day lives, but many classrooms don't take advantage of some of the incredible digital resources that are connected to maps and virtual field trips.

Maps can provide classrooms with some incredible opportunities to create lessons based on creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration.

Here are a few resources connected to Digital Maps and Virtual Field Trips that classroom teachers may find useful:
  • Geoguessr
    Game using Street View images that drops the player in a random location and challenges them to work out where they are.
  • Smarty Pins
    A fun and interactive game that tests players’ trivia and geography knowledge
  • My Maps
    Create custom maps to share online with Google My Maps We recently used My Maps as part of our Biome Unit.
  • Google Arts & Culture - Places
    The World Wonders Project is a valuable resource for students and scholars who can now virtually discover some of the most famous sites on earth.
  • Street View Treks
    Trek the world with Google Maps. Travel with the team as they collect Street View imagery cultural, historical and geographical wonders.
  • Google Tour Builder
    Tour Builder is a way to show people places visited and the experiences you had along the way using Google Earth. It lets you pick the locations right on the map, add in photos, text, and video, and then share your creation.
  • Google Drawings
    While not a mapping tool, a map can be inserted and manipulated using the drawing tools. Click here for a few tips about using Google Drawings in the classroom.
  • Google Expeditions
    Imagine exploring coral reefs or the surface of Mars in an afternoon. With Expeditions, teachers can take students on immersive, virtual journeys.
  • Google Earth for the Web
    It’s everything you love about Google Earth, plus new ways for you to explore, learn and share. Zoom in and see what adventures await you in the new Google Earth.
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How could you incorporate these into your student's learning? What other digital mapping resources do you use? 

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