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Random Thoughts on Instructional Design

Repurposing a Common Tool

On April 5th Google announced My Maps, “a new feature that makes it quick and easy to create custom Google Maps just by pointing and clicking. [Users] can add placemarks, draw lines and shapes, and embed text, photos and videos — all using a simple drag and drop interface.

Using this product in conjunction with mind mapping tools like BrainMine , Free Mind, and Inspiration, to name a few, could help students bridge their web networking skills with history, sociology, and geography assignments. My Maps automatically gets a public URL that students can share with team members and instructors, or they can also be published to web pages, wikis blogs, and learning management systems

Click here to read the Google announcement and view sample maps.

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This entry was posted on April 8, 2007 by in Instructional Design, Instructional Technology.

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