5 Easy Steps to Design the Google MyMaps Lesson of Your Dreams
European History – European Explorers (Freshmen through Seniors)
World Geography – Distribution of Natural Resources (Sophomores)
So how do you start designing your My Maps Lesson?
First, determine what your goal/objective is for the lesson.
For both World Geography and European History, it was an easy and natural fit to use MyMaps. In European History, I have always had students do some type of presentation (Powerpoint, Keynote, Slides) to detail the trips and explorations of various explorers. But as I prepared for that annual lesson, I decided to give MyMaps a go around in order to have a completely student created product.
For World Geography, I have always wanted them to get a greater understand of the world’s natural resources and the disparity of their use/production throughout the world.
Second, provide the guiding questions and objectives for students to quickly access and research.
- Types of resources to use
- How to cite sources
- Link to MyMap (Created by me, but will explain how later)
- Initial Due Date (To help critique student work)
Pro Tip: When creating the MyMap link as a teacher, go to mymaps.google.com. Then click share and change access to “Anyone at *School Domain* with the link” and “Can Edit.” Next, copy the URL and post it on the Classroom Assignment.
Third, students begin researching and posting their information to the linked MyMap.
I had each student (or in my case pairs) create a “layer” on their MyMap for a couple different reasons. First, I wanted to be able to easily assess the students without having to search throughout the map for each students work. Second, it prevented students from accidentally deleting or changing other students work.
Fourth, review student work and provide immediate feedback on their design and information.
Fifth, share the student work with the rest of the world!
After students have completed the assignment, change the share settings to “On – Public Web” and “Can View.” Then copy the URL and share it out to the rest of the world! What other ideas do you have for student created maps? Ways to make the process even better?”