Map Tutorial

Here is a basic introduction Google Maps

You can find a lot of tutorials and help services on the Google Maps Help Center website

Please note: you must be 14 or over to create a Google Account, which is required to create a new map and save your map to Google Maps in My Places. You can use the Google Maps that are provided on our website if you are younger, since you don't need an account to view an existing map. But you need an account to create a new map of your own, so if you are under 14 you will need to work with an adult to make a new map. Please see Google's online safety website for information about keeping kids safe on the internet.

You don't have to create a Google Account in order to use Google Earth, since that program resides on your computer, and you can use Google Earth to create maps no matter how young you are.

We strongly recommend that students do not publish maps that contain the location of their homes. This is why we base our exercises on the location of their school (or you could use a local public library or other location that does not identify the child's house).

Here are instructions for creating a Google Map. There are a few updates that you might notice-- My Maps is now called My Places, the buttons are more obvious, and you can now import and save maps as kml files (see below).

If you have a Google Account you can also use Google Maps to create maps. To save a marker from another map (for example, you may want to save just one of the markers from our map on the "Map Your Connection to the Kaw" page to a map you are creating), you can do the following;
Create a Google Map and save it to My Places.
Open the Google Map that contains the marker you wish to copy, click on the marker.
In the pop-up you will see a link that says "Save to Map," click on it and it will let you select a map from your My Places.
Here's what it looks like:

You may wish to import the kml file for the Map Your Connection to the Kaw map (its called the "River Ambasador Map") from the attachment section on the bottom of this page into a map that you create. This file contains all of the information (including the watershed boundaries) that is displayed on our map. You can then add or remove markers and lines to create your own map.

First, download the file to your computer and save it on your desktop. Remember where it is, you will need to find it again to import it to your map.

Now go to your map, click on Edit, then click on Import (you can overwrite everything in your map by checking the box in the dialog box, but be careful because you will loose anything that you previously added).

In the picture below we have circled the button for Collaborate, which is where you can get the link to your map to share with others. Be careful about making the map public if it has personal information on it.

The picture below also has the button for downloading a kml file of your map circled, and has an expanded view of the mapping options (such as Terrain, Earth, Map views, etc.).

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Dr. Cynthia Annett,
Jan 3, 2012, 9:44 AM