Global Resources for Schools: Mapping

US map with pinsViewing (and creating) maps is a fun, interactive way to learn about different nations, longitude and latitude, time zones, geography, scale, world governments and more.

Some world travelers pin where they have been on a wall map. Students can do the same digitally using Topo.ly, a free (for basic service) online mapping tool that allows them to use an Excel spreadsheet to easily create a map pinpointing cities, bodies of water, National Parks, family members’ homes, Monarch butterfly waystations, anything–and see where they are in relation to one another. (We used Topo.ly to create our map of 2012-2013 Sharing the Dream grantees.)

Once students are finished making a map, it can be saved as a jpeg image (to be shared in a report or on a blog/website), using a program like PowerPoint, or by clicking on Accessories/snipping tool/capture image/save as jpeg on a Windows operating system.

More mapping resources:

Education World offers lesson plans around mapping, including one where students create and map their own make-believe countries.

National Geographic: Mapping

Google Earth

Have you used an easy and fun mapping tool for the classroom, or have a lesson plan to share?

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Global Resources for Schools is our twice-monthly feature highlighting international focused organizations, educational websites and resources to support educators in their efforts to create globally oriented schools.

Do you have a website, organization, resource or idea to share? Tell us about it in a comment.

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