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Making an Interactive Map with Google Maps

Itís as easy as click and place.

  1. Start my logging in or registering with Google Maps.
  2. Select the tab ďMy MapsĒ and then select the option to create a new map.
  3. Move the map to the general location identified from the reading that you want to mark and zoom in using the screen tools.
  4. Use the mouse pointer to select the Map Pin tool, then click on the map where you want the map pin to be located (itís ok if it is a little off at first, you can move the pin anytime you wish (only the correct login can change the map), in addition to the map pin, it is possible to add a line or a shape. Click on the map pin symbol to change the icon's image.
  5. As soon as the map pin is place a pop-up box will appear for content to be added. Give the map pin a name and then add some content to the description box. This content could be a quote from the book or even a link to a picture or video online.
  6. Once the description is set select the OK button, now whenever the map point is selected the new content will be displayed.

A good introductory video on creating a Google Map is available from CNet (  

Adding Images or Video to Google Maps
If you have an image or video that you would like to include then the easiest way is to place the images online, such as with Picasa Online or YouTube , and then place the image URL in the description box to have the image show.

Map limit: A point to keep in mind is that each map has a 50 map point limit per map in Google Maps, once you go above that number then an additional map for the next points will be created.

Sharing: Now that you have make your map share you map location to let others come and use the map. Your map can either be set as Public or Unlisted, maps set either way can be shared. A public map is one that can be found though searching, an Unlisted map can be shared with others by sending them the map address or placing the address on a web page. Get the link information by clicking on the "link to this page" link above the map.

Going Google Earth: Once you have made your map you can take it to the next level, that of Google Earth. To do this you will need to save the the KML file. KML stands for Keyhole Markup Language. Save the .kml file to a computer and open it with the Google Earth program.

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