Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Gribrouillon - Freehand Drawing on Online Maps

For many years I've recommended Scribble Maps as a no-account-required alternative to Google's My Maps. Scribble Maps lets create freehand drawings on digital maps. Today, thanks to Maps Mania, I learned about another tool for making freehand drawings on digital maps. That tool is called Gribroullion.

Using Gribroullion is a straight-forward process. Simply go to the site then search for an area of the world map that you want to draw on. You can zoom in or out as much as you like. Once you've settled on a map view just click one of the drawing tools at the bottom of the map and start drawing. You can change the color and thickness of the lines that you draw on the map. You can also change the base map on which you draw. When your map drawing is completed you can share it by clicking on the airplane icon in the upper, right corner of the map. A URL and a QR code for your map is provided when you click on the airplane icon.

Applications for Education
Gribroullion could be a good tool to use in an elementary school setting to have students circle, highlight, and label a series of places on a map. The lack of a registration requirement should make it easy to quickly get students started using Gribroullion.

On a related note, here's my tutorial on how to use Scribble Maps.