Friday, October 4, 2013

Google Maps as a Multi-Discipline Instruction Tool

Google Maps as a Multi-Discipline Instruction Tool (2013-10-04)

View The Amistad Slave Route & Revolt in a larger map
The ability to create your own content tied to a Google Map has always been ripe with promise for instruction in fields beyond Geography and Geology.  Tying the activity in novels, historically important events, political movements, migration patterns of animals and humans, changing climate data or anything else "mappable" to an interactive Google Map (or Google Earth) lets your students explore the topic in a way that a simple narrative restricts.

George Stiller has created a blog,, with a wealth of such maps on a wide variety of topics.  Each map has one or more sets of online reading materials associated which were used to create the maps.  The map above concerns the Amistad voyage and the revolt of its human cargo.

You can make your own or have your students make theirs as part of an assignment.  In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Illinois Prairie Path, here is mine ... not too much, but I only had a couple of photos to work with.

View Illinois Prairie Path in a larger map

Coming ... Instructions for doing this yourself.

Center for Scholarship and Teaching


  1. Dave, since you used an embedded map, you should follow the instructions on how to embed the map so that more placemarks show. See:

  2. Thanks for the tip, George. I hadn't seen the instructions and just used what I knew about Google stuff to accomplish the embedding. I re-centered your Amistad map, and may cycle back to mine in the future. I am using the smaller size because this blog is federated into a website in which I have limited horizontal space.

    George, you are a great resource and I hope that other readers of this blog look over your site as it is a goldmine of educational information in addition to the techniques that you use and teach.