Thing 15 – Google Maps

Everyone knows about the famous Google search engine, but did you know there’s a complete suite of Google products available for the everyday computer user? Check out the full list of Google products and services.

Some people have expressed concern that Google has become the new Microsoft. Google, however, 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. One of these applications is Google Maps.

Google Maps

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

The August 2008 introduction of Google Maps’ Street View feature in Australia generated some publicity – not all of it good. You can read about some of the privacy issues in the Street View Wikipedia entry (see Resources, below).


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’ 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. Click on the Street View button to see photos of the street.

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


We start next week (Week 7) by looking at another Google product, Google Docs.

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 Chisholm Institute.
© Chisholm Institute 2008, released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license.


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