Sharing Maps

One of the popular activities in the classroom is to share maps. I give a context, share a map, and students can navigate in the map, zoom it, explore by themselves.

I tested several web based maps and I use two of them, one from National Geographic and Google Map.


My requirements was:

  • I wanted to share my exact position in the map, and possibly comments, flags etc.
  • Must be free and with no ad, no registration – at least for the students


National Geographic MapMaker


I like the quality of the maps I can build with MapMaker, and even if it is not as flexible as Google Map, it is quite easy to use in the classroom.




To share maps with your students:

  • Move, zoom, draw on a map.
  • Save your map. You do not have to register but to provide an email address. When your map is saved, you will see that the URL will contain your map ID.
  • You can share with your students and ask them to click to get the link.

You can update the map (move, add elements, zoom) and save again the map. You do not need to share again (the URL do not change) but your students will need to click again to get the update (to force the map to be reloaded with your latest update).


Google Map


Sharing a Google Map couldn’t be easier. Just move your map, zoom and share. When your student follow your link, they will see exactly what you see on your screen.

In the recommended links (“More” in the home screen) you will find a direct link to Google Map.




Some interesting information can be found here: Maps for Education (Google Help)

Every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science. In that spirit, this website provides multiple fun activities to learn code.

Written by John Enostome, sharing his experience with the Classroom Browser.


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