Geolocation & Geotagging


Geocaching invites the user to use a GPS device and locate an object based on the coordinates provided.

Google Maps

Google Maps for Educators has many possibilities for educators, and the Google LatLong blog highlights many uses for maps - and maps are easy to make!
  • Earth Science: Use this Google Maps Mashup to locate and learn about recent earthquakes around the world.
  • Environmental Science: See how Google and the United Nations Environment Programme teamed up to use collaborative MyMaps for the International Cleanup Weekend Initiative
  • Physics: Learn how one teacher used Google Maps with his 9th grade class to teach speed, velocity and displacement.

Google has extensive resources and tutorials for Google Maps and Google Earth available.

Create a custom map in Google Maps:

America's Highway: Oral Histories of Route 66
Bring the outside world into the classroom with Google Maps
Collaborative Google map experiment
Embedding YouTube Videos into placemarks
Google Maps and Google Earth activities from Google Teacher Academy
Writing a Story in Google Maps by Silvia Tolisano is the blog post and here is the map
Postcard geography: Colette Cassinelli
Google Map Mania blog has various mashups of data on Google maps.

Google Earth

Google Earth: create custom overlays for Google Earth, such as Google LitTrips
Google Earth Tutorials
40+ Interesting Ways to Use Google Earth in the Classroom is built in a Google doc and welcomes ideas
Using Google Earth in class
Google Earth 101 for Educators wiki with how to videos and curriculum lessons
Google Earth Lessons
Google Earth Outreach Stories
Teaching with Google Earth


GeoCube Move the Geocube around with your mouse and explore the faces and topics.Geocube provides an accessible way to read, see and watch what Geography is and geographers do.
Google Sketchup is a 3D modeling tool - model buildings and upload to Google Earth. Here is an example of a history teacher who integrated SketchUp while studying local history