Sunday, January 14, 2007

Google Maps Mania and

If you haven't yet visited Google Maps, then you're missing out on a wonderful and simple teaching tool. With the satellite view and some quick photo editing, you can quickly orient students to a region of the world and then zoom in (even more so with Google Earth). BUT, that only scratches the surface. Because of Google's developer-friendly philosophy, there are many derivative uses. For example, sites like take a standard map and work it through a customized interface or set of pre-defined criteria (called mashups). These do everything from map your own photos (here) to find the nearest Starbucks (here). This site indexes many of those derivative uses and features a special post on "50 Things to do with Google Maps Mashups."

Link via Micro Persuasion

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