June 19, 2013
There has been a significant update to Google Maps, a new platform that allows for even more flexibility to create customized maps. Called Google Maps Engine Lite, this free tool allows for data to be imported from a spreadsheet, multiple layers for display, and more. See this article from the Google Lat Long blog to learn some more and to see some examples.
How did I learn about Google Maps Engine Lite? I enrolled in the online course Google offered, titled Mapping with Google. The course was structured like a MOOC (although they never called it that), where everyone logged in on their own time and completed a series of activities at their own pace. The course had projects to complete involving Google Maps Engine Lite and Google Earth. I did not learn anything new from the Google Earth portion of the course, but it was helpful to have at least a structured introduction and orientation to the new Maps Engine. Yet again, Google provides a new tool for me to share with students and to get them engaged with various projects.
Check out my certificate of completion!