Last week I published a set of screenshots containing directions for creating placemarks, polygons, and layers on Google Maps Engine Lite. Since that post was published I have received a few requests for a screencast of the process. The screencast video below provides an overview of the process of creating placemarks, layers, and polygons on Google Maps Engine Lite.
Here are a few good uses of maps with multiple layers.
- Multiple layers could be used for showing data differences on a year over year or month over month basis.
- You could display the same data with different base layers for comparison.
- Students working collaboratively on a map can be responsible for editing their own layers on the same map.
- If you’re using Google Maps Engine Lite to have students create literature trips (look here for inspiration), they can create a different layer for each chapter of a book.
- Students mapping the history of an event like the U.S. Civil War could create a different layer for each year of the war.
- Your spreadsheet should have three columns.
- Names of places.
- Location (City and State or postal code or latitude and longitude coordinates).
- Description (information you want displayed within the placemark).