Collaborating to create a very cool map — part 2 of 2

Thanks to the 20+ people from around the US and around the world who responded to my post from earlier this morning, asking for data about the coolest places they have visited and the places in the world they most want to visit.

Using their responses, I was able to convert a Google Forms spreadsheet into a dynamic and interactive multi-layered map, using a new tool called Google MapsEngine LITE.

Here’s a six-minute video that shows how I turned data from a spreadsheet into a dynamic map:

Thanks to Google Educators Jim Sill and Molly Schroeder for introducing me to MapsEngine LITE at the GAFE Summit this past weekend at Ravenscroft School in Raleigh.

That’s right — before this weekend, I’d never heard of Google MapsEngine LITE. Now it’s my new best friend 🙂

I’m not making the map depicted in the video public because I’m not sure everyone who participated wants me to share their data with the world, but if folks were all okay with sharing, you can imagine the possibilities for starting conversations, getting to know people, and collaborating online.

As Jim Sill pointed out, the collaborative map would be a great tool to use with students — have a group of them write restaurant reviews of their top restaurants in town and have another group review the best parks in town. Students make place marks for each of the locations they want to talk about. There are endless collaborative possibilities here…

Please comment below to share any questions/thoughts about how this tool can be useful in the classroom or in other real-world situations.


About Steve Goldberg

I teach students at Research Triangle High School (RTHS) about US History. RTHS is a public charter school in Durham, NC, whose mission is to incubate, prove and scale innovative models of teaching and learning. The blog posts here reflect my own personal views and not those of my employer.
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One Response to Collaborating to create a very cool map — part 2 of 2

  1. janevangalen says:

    Thanks for posting this, Steve. I came across this a few weeks ago, and then created a form to map the global connections of a new cohort of K-8 teacher ed students and we’re thinking now about how we might use this in our teaching. Lots of great conversation going on.

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