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Great Apps and Websites for Mapmaking

Interacting with maps helps students develop spatial-thinking skills that carry over into other subjects like math and science. As they begin to see the relationships between the places and spaces around them, students will find it easier to visualize difficult concepts and make connections. Check out these apps and websites that let students create and customize maps by annotating points of interest, pinning photos to locations, creating virtual field trips, sharing with students and teachers, and more.  

National Geographic Education Visit Website: http://www.natgeoed.org
Explore the fascinating, wide world with multimedia resources
Grades 2-10
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Google Earth Visit Website: http://www.google.com/earth/
Virtual globe shines with breathtaking features, endless possibility
Grades 3-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Google Treks Visit Website: http://googletreks.org/index.html
Cool tool uses maps to create fun projects, could use some updating
Grades 4-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
StrataLogica Publisher: Herff Jones
High-quality customizable maps help students understand their world
Grades 4-12
Type App
Price Free to Try
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Atlas Obscura Visit Website: http://www.atlasobscura.com
Explore forgotten spots, hidden gems with user-submitted photos, tales
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
National Archives DocsTeach
Historical texts, interactive activities can promote critical thinking
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
ThingLink Visit Website: http://www.thinglink.com
Unique annotation tool adds learning depth to images, videos
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Historypin Visit Website: http://www.historypin.com
Crowdsourcing is key to making history accessible, approachable
Grades 8-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4