When I conduct workshops on Google Maps and Google Earth I always point out that the uses for those tools extend beyond the realm of geography and history. One example of using Google Maps and Earth outside of the typical geography setting is using Google Maps and Earth to have students place art and artists on an interactive map.
Students can map the locations of where a piece of art is housed, where it was created, where the artist lived, and the places that inspired the artist. Each placemark on a student’s map could include a picture of the artwork, a picture of the artist, and or a video about the art and artist. To provide a complete picture a student can include text and links to more information about the art and artist.
This project can be accomplished by using either Google’s My Maps, Google Earth in your web browser, or Google Earth on your desktop. I have a bunch of Google Earth tutorials on my YouTube channel that can help you get started on a project like this.
Are you a geography or history teacher looking for a fun way to introduce your students to Google Earth? If so, check out my Around the World With Google Earth activity.