Teacher Review For Google Maps

Great for teaching students about maps!

Melissa C.
Special Education Instructor
Cabell Midland High School
Ona, WV
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My Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 5
Support 3
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Individual
Knowledge gain
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I teach special education and in my daily living class, I taught the students how to read maps. Part of the assignment was to tell me directions from the school to a place of their choosing (could be the mall, a favorite restaurant, or their homes). The students were allowed to use Google Maps to look up directions if they got stuck. They loved being able to zoom in and see the street view of their favorite places, and really enjoyed learning how to use the app.
My Take
I think this is a great teaching tool. We are so reliant on GPS technology now, and have shied away from teaching kids how to read maps. Reading a map is still a really important skill, and this is a really cool app that can help students learn to read maps while keeping them interested.