Showing posts with label quikmaps. Show all posts
Showing posts with label quikmaps. Show all posts

Monday, January 25, 2010

Scribble Maps Adds More Map Editing Features

Scribble Maps, a great tool for editing maps, has recently added some excellent features that they're calling Scribble Maps Pro. Usually the "pro" label means a company is charging for the extra features but I was able to register and use the new features for free.

As I noted in my original review of Scribble Maps it is still very easy to draw on your Google Maps and add placemarks to your maps. The new Scribble Maps Pro allows you to import KML files, import spreadsheets, and import SHP files. Importing KML files allows you to add free hand drawing on top of files that you may have already created for Google Maps or Google Earth. Importing spreadsheets makes it easy to quickly add placemarks to a large number of places. SHP file importation allows you to add custom shapes to your maps. Watch the following video to see all of these new options in action.


Applications for Education
One advantage of using Scribble Maps over standard Google Maps in the classroom is the ease with which students can get started. Drawing on a Scribble Map is a very intuitive task. If you want to get students quickly marking-up maps, Scribble Maps is a good choice.
Using Scribble Maps students could create a map on which they highlight various sites and include short text descriptions of those places. Scribble Maps could also be used to quickly draw a simple timeline on a map.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
101 Ways to Teach Geography
Google Earth and Google Maps Help
QuikMaps - Quickly Customize a Google Map

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Quikmaps - Quickly Customize a Google Map

Quikmaps is a nice map creation tool that allows you to quickly draw, type, and insert icons on a Google Map. Quikmaps is similar to Scribble Maps which I reviewed a couple of weeks ago. Quikmaps does offer one extra tool that Scribble Maps does not and that is the option to select from a huge gallery of icons to use on your map. Placing these icons is a simple matter of dragging and dropping elements. As you will see in the map I've embedded below, I placed a camera icon on Yellowstone National Park and wrote above it, "this is a good place to take pictures."


Applications for Education
Quikmaps could be a good tool for students to create mapped tours of sites with descriptions. Quikmaps might also be used by history teachers to have students map the expansions and contractions of country borders over time.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
Scribble Maps - Easily Type and Draw on Maps
101 Ways to Teach Geography
Google Earth and Google Maps Help