Geo Map


A Geo-Map media project can include text, hyperlinks, images, and videos connected to locations on virtual maps. Geo-Map projects can provide windows into events, concepts, places and stories which join disparate media elements into a cohesive digital narrative.


“GeoMaps for Learning” (9 Dec 2021 workshop)

EXAMPLES (educator/adult-created)

  1. Newspaper Map
  2. All Historical Markers in North CarolinaIn the United Statesby State (via @rmbyrne)
  3. Buildings Inspired by Nature by @PegKeiner
  4. Moore Oklahoma Tornado Paths
  5. Fra Mauro’s Map (1450) by Engineering Historical Memory (background)
  6. Running Reality
  7. Cellular Data Comparison: OKC to Dodge City (Feb 2014)
  8. Google Lit Trips (Jerome Burg)
  9. The Brady Bunch Guide to Hawaii (Google Maps)
  10. Living with the Railroads (HistoryPin)
  11. Trayvon Martin case (Meograph team)
  12. Hiroshima Archive (Hidenori Watanabe – more info)
  13. GeoHistorian Project (Kent State University’s Research Center for Educational Technology)
  14. The Plan for Lansdowne Park (Thinklink)
  15. Harnu (click the “news” icon at the top)
  16. Murmur (place-based oral history project)
  17. Global Sea Level Rise

EXAMPLES (student-created)

  1. 8th Grade GeoMap Project For English: Road to Hiroshima
  2. Tell Me Your Story (Girl Scout Gold Award Project)
  3. Sharing Stories with Google Earth (Joe Wood)


Initial Setup

  1. Create web accounts on the websites you plan to use in your project.
  2. Download software (if required) you’ll use for your project.

Ongoing Use

  1. Plan your project with a storyboard and script.
  2. Collect media artifacts you want to include in your project.
  3. Create your Geo-Map and share it.

miamidevice-workshop “Google GeoMap Workshop


  1. Google Maps (new & updated)
  2. Mapstory (web-based)
  3. Google Earth
  4. Meograph
  5. Exhibit
  6. Thinglink (web-based)
  7. ARIS (location-based gaming)
  8. Thinklink
  9. Tripline (iOS apps & mobile website)
  10. iTouchMap (lat / long calculator)
  11. GeoCommons
  12. Google Maps Streetview Player

Many of the other “mapping media” project tools can be used and integrated into a Geo-Map project. Like an eBook, a Geo-Map project can become a coherent aggregation or collection of different media artifacts. Additional tools are linked on the Geo-Storychasing workshop curriculum.



  1. Create a custom map of recent earthquakes using USGS spreadsheet-formatted data
  2. Current Events Activity:
    1. Use Random Fruit Machine to select a country (list sorted with Textwrangler)
    2. Find a recent article about that country on Global Voices Online
    3. Create a new placemark on our “Current Events Geo-Map
    4. Add a text headline, a hyperlink, and an image to your Placemark
    5. Search YouTube and find a video related to your current event
    6. Add another placemark to our “Current Events Geo-Map” and embed the video in it
    7. Find a Google Street View link on “Find 1001 Destinations with Google Street View” and add a link to it in a new place mark on your map.
  3. Example GeoMap from #InnEdCO15 on June 21, 2015


Connect an Interactive GeoMap with Google Form Results (June 2015)


  1. How to create a “My Map” in Google Maps (YouTube)
  2. Everything Teachers Need to Know about Google MyMaps (Aug 2015)
  3. Place-Based Digital Storytelling Modules (from PBS)
  4. Geo-Apps and Google Earth (Workshop curriculum by Wesley Fryer)


  1. What is Geo-Literacy? by National Geographic (video)
  2. “The Fourth Part of the World” by Toby Lester (phenomenal book!)
  3. Using ARIS to Create Interactive, Multimedia Enhanced Field Trips by Wes Molyneaux (April 2012)
  4. Visualizing Data in Google Earth (September 2011)
  5. Google Fusion Tables: Geo-spatially connecting database data (September 2011)
  6. iGeography by Jenny Ashby (Workflows for Learning with iPads – April 2012)
  7. Other Geography-related posts on Moving at the Speed of Creativity


A Geo-Map media project can include text, hyperlinks, images, and videos connected to locations on virtual maps. Geo-Map projects can provide windows into events, concepts, places and stories which join disparate media elements into a cohesive digital narrative. Geo-Map projects are not just for social studies! Learn in this workshop how to connect reading, writing, real-world math data, science, and more to “place locations” and create engaging project or assignment opportunities for students.
* Image attribution: Digital drawing created by Wesley Fryer on Brushes for iPad

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    • Tom on September 6, 2012 at 10:09 am
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    I always liked the ability in Exhibit to combine GMaps and interactive time line features. I’ve done lots of work with it over time and while setup can be intimidating the ability to feed the site through a Google From or spreadsheet makes student content addition pretty easy.

      • on March 27, 2013 at 10:48 pm
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      Awesome, thanks for sharing Exhibit. I hadn’t seen that before. I added this link under tools on this page.

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