Thing 18 – Play with Google Maps

Everyone knows about the famous Google search engine, but did you know there is a complete suite of Google products that is available for the everyday user? The products include Gmail (web-based email), Google Docs and Spreadsheets, Google Maps, Google Calendar and Google Talk to name just a few. In the past few years Google has also bought out successful web companies such as Youtube and Picasa to add to their suite of products. Check out the full list of Google products and services.

In the last few years, there have been many reports that Google has become the new Microsoft. On the other hand, Google is offering web based applications at a minimal cost to the user – usually just exposure to some advertisements – and the new generation is utilising these applications more and more everyday. This week’s tasks will introduce you to some Google applications including Google Maps, Google Docs and Google Book Search. Next week you will be able to join these applications together on your new Google homepage.

Google Maps

Here’s a very special introduction to Google Maps from Google:

Resources

Your Task

Google Maps allows you to find locations and businesses by typing in the address, or even by doing a search on the name. Try finding your campus and your home on Google Maps.

You can use Google Maps to find directions from one location to another. For example, from the Rosebud campus to the Cranbourne campus. For this, you’ll need to know both the start and finish address as a street location. Try finding directions from one location to another by going to ‘Get directions’ mode.

Google maps also allows you to view satellite imagery at a fairly high detail. You may be able to see your house, or even your car parked outside! When viewing any map in Google Maps, click on ‘Satellite’ or ‘Hybrid’ to view the satellite photo. You can zoom in to any area by gradually rolling your mouse wheel, or using the controls on the left of a map.

Finally, create a post in your blog telling the world about Google Maps. What did you think?


Credit: Adapted from the Swinburne University Thing posted by TRR (task originally written by Kat Clancy, Deakin University), under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license. Video from Google.

Original content by Jason Peart for the Chisholm Institute Library.
© Chisholm Institute 2008, released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license.

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One Response to “Thing 18 – Play with Google Maps”

  1. BIGcol Says:

    Google Maps
    What a fantastic tool, I searched the Gold Coast for a good area to stay, close to shops, beach and not too far from the airport. I then zoomed in to find the roof top of a nice resort and located the street name infront of the resort with the suburb name. I then did a Google search on “resort street name and suburb” to find the individual resort. Made the reservation online, with piece of mind, knowing the location and facilities in the area.

    Google Street View
    I think my street in Parkdale is the only steet not included, although I can look down my street from the “T” intersection at the and just see my house.
    Still all very impressive.

    Colin

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