We all know that maps are not solely used for teaching geography, but lately I have seen more and more people use maps in really interesting ways to display content in ELA, social studies and math. I'm just going to highlight a few here. Some are old favorites- from Tom Barrett's math maps and other I have just seen recently. Here's a quick article from Edutopia- 10 Reasons to Use Google My Maps in the Classroom. The author, Kevin Zahner, has a short video that you may be interested in.
I've been a fan of Tom Barrett's work for years. He was an elementary math teacher in the UK, now working in Australia. He pulled together lots of "Interesting Ways" to use various tools, using his own ideas, tested in his classroom, as well as crowd-sourced ideas. These came about in about 2010, but the ideas are solid. This is just a screenshot of one of his math maps projects. There is a whole page of resources ( from GTAUK 2010) to be found here.
Google Lit Trips
Follow the story with maps- or create your own. "What is a Google Lit Trip?Lit Trips are downloadable files that mark the journeys of characters from famous literature on the surface of Google Earth. These are generally made or shown on Google Earth, but you can just as easily do them with Google Maps- embed placemarks with youtube 360 degree videos.
Google's My Maps & Hyperdocs
I liked Lisa Highfill's idea, which began with a basic- what did you do on your summer vacation- expanded to putting placemarks of the places they visited on a Google Map, adding images, etc and ended up as a hyperdoc on Explorers. Kelly Hinton created a hyperdoc using maps as well- Northwest Passage. * Note- you may have to switch to your personal google acct if your school domain does not allow you access ( yet) to my maps.
Richard Byrne has a quick tutorial video- see below. Donny Piercy has a google site with lot so ideas. Google has a whole online - free- self- paced course
Mapping out a Field Trip
How about National Geographic MapMaker Interactive?
Have you tried Geo Guesser?
It's fun... and educational too
Oh the Places You'll Go...
Try it out.. how can you use maps in your class? Would adding place help some students connect with the material... offer other options to demonstrate learning...