How to Create Placemarks and Layers On Google Maps Engine Lite – Practical Ed Tech Tip of the Week

The screencast video below provides an overview of the process of creating placemarks, layers, and polygons on Google Maps Engine Lite.


Here are a few good uses of maps with multiple layers.

  • Multiple layers could be used for showing data differences on a year over year or month over month basis.
  • You could display the same data with different base layers for comparison.
  • Students working collaboratively on a map can be responsible for editing their own layers on the same map.
  • If you’re using Google Maps Engine Lite to have students create literature trips (look here for inspiration), they can create a different layer for each chapter of a book.
  • Students mapping the history of an event like the U.S. Civil War could create a different layer for each year of the war.

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A few seats are still available for my updated webinar course, How To Use Google Drive In School. The course begins tomorrow night (April 28th) at 7pm EST.

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