Making Interactive Maps

Maps are one of the core ways that humans document and share the world around them. In this course, you will learn how to create your own digital maps and bring the world into your classroom!

course duration icon 6 Hours
course cost icon Free
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What we provide:
  • Practice activities to do on your own
  • Examples from other educators
  • Free online tools recommendations
Learn how to create an interactive map using free tools   Learn the main elements of map design
Explore the free digital tools that you can use to create powerful online maps.   Learn about base maps, pins, and icons.
Learn how to add layers, data, paths and areas to your map   Create interactive maps and a lesson plan
Add nuance and complexity to your map through open data, layers, paths and areas.   Create maps that you can use in your classroom, then draft an instructional plan to use maps strategically.
  • Making Interactive Maps Pt. 1
    • Using Maps In Your Classroom
    • Examples of interactive maps to use in the classroom
    • Creating Your Base Map
    • Dropping Pins
    • Practice: Pin Your Location On The Map
    • Practice: Map Your Weekend
  • Making Interactive Maps Pt. 2
    • Adding Layers
    • Practice: Adding Layers to Your Map
    • Paths and Areas
    • Practice: Deconstruct a Map
    • Open Data
    • Practice: Creating a Map with Open Data
    • Sharing Your Map
    • Practice: An Interactive Map
    • Next Steps
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This course can help you develop the skills needed to earn the Making Media for Classroom Use: Images, Graphics and Interactives micro-credential. Earning eight micro-credentials qualifies you to become a PBS Certified Media Literacy Educator. Learn more.

What is KQED Teach?

We offer a collection of free, hands-on professional learning opportunities focused on digital media. Educators can build skills in video and audio production, data visualization and media analysis to support all curriculum areas. These skills allow educators to facilitate learning environments where their students can create digital content, develop their communication and technology skills and engage in deeper learning that encourages critical thinking.

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