Summer has arrived and school has let out. The learning and fun with Ed Tech devices doesn’t have to stop here. Why not keep the brainpower energized with a simple creative writing activity. This doesn’t take much time to do and could be a fun way to share a little part of yourself with the class. This summer I’m attempting to keep a Google Map Journal for my favorite summer activities. I can’t wait for September when a student or teacher asks, “So Ms. Drasby what did you do over the summer?”, and in response I’ll open my “My Map Summer Journal”.
I believe an activity such as this could be used as a community ice breaker or a learning experience filled with real facts. You might even want to add a personalized touch by creating custom markers. It is amazing to think a simple map program may present an opportunity to unlock doors for exploring core content areas.
Creating a Google My Map
Did you know Google My Map is located within your Google Drive? Please follow this steps to learn how to get started with Google My Map.
- Sign into Google Drive
- Click Blue New Button
- Scroll Down & Click More
- Scroll until you find My Maps
Once My Maps is open it is best practice to give it a Title
- After the My Map has a title
- Add a layer
- Title the layer
Now your ready to drop a pin!
Create a Custom Pin
Why Use a Custom Pin?
- It allows the student to personalize their project
- Pins can easily help identify an activity
- Enhances the map with a more personalized look
- Allows the user to add content specific images as the pins