Showing posts with label math maps. Show all posts
Showing posts with label math maps. Show all posts

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Quickly Measure Distances in Google Maps

We often talk about Google Maps in the context of social studies, but they have some good uses in mathematics lessons too. One of the best examples of this is found in Tom Barrett's Maths Maps. His lessons require students to measure distances in Google Maps. In the video embedded below I provide a demonstration of how to do that.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Getting Geeky With Google Maps Measurements

Over the weekend I was using Google Maps to measure the distance of some routes that I want to ride on my bicycle. While I was measuring I clicked on the little "I'm feeling lucky" link next to the measurement tools. I knew that there were some obscure units like Smoots and Rods in that list, but it seems that Google has dramatically increased the list of measurement units. I counted 56 units of measurement in the list. Now I can measure my biking routes in furlongs, in Olympic swimming pools, or Jewish 1st Temple cubits.

To access the "geeky" measurement units in Google Maps first make sure you have turned on the measuring tools in the "Maps Labs" then select "I'm feeling geeky." See the screenshots below for more directions. Click the images to view them in full-size.