How to log in and edit your grade’s Current Events Map?
Go to Google Maps http://maps.google.com/ or use your grade level link in the drop down menu under Current Events and click on link below the map in order to sign in.
Click on My Maps, then choose the map you want to edit (the map you invited the student account to collaborate with should show up as a link!)
Click on “edit”
Students will zoom into the location on the map, where they want to place their current event
Click on the blue placemark, which will make a floating placemark pop up. Click on the map to anchor the placemark to the map. This will make a new window pop up, where students will enter a title, description and choose a color for their placemark.
We chose to use for the:
- Title: Country the news event took place Description: First line: Enter the category the news event falls under (Politics, Entertainment, Environment, etc)
- Then enter a summary of the news event (try to use 140 characters or less in an effort to practice precision and focused writing.
- Enter the link of the article, the student is summarizing. (Click on Rich Text) in order to insert a link into the description area)
(Thank you to all who suggested this part through the comment section!)
- Icons: Each student was assigned a different icon/color in order to know who contributed each news event.