Google Maps


Tour Builder

This Google tool allows you to tell stories using Google maps. Recreate the journey of a character in a novel, map out and describe the migration of a group of people, create a visualization of a historic event, or a current issue. In Tour Builder you can:

  • add photos, text, and video
  • use the Google Earth browser plugin to enhance your map with 3D imagery
  • share your tour with everyone

My Maps

With Google's My Maps, both teachers and students can create and share custom maps. Some of My Maps features are:

  • search for and add places
  • drop pins to mark locations
  • add lines, shapes, colors, markers, icons, and labels
  • use layers to group parts of your map


Teacher Preparation

  1. Sign in with your Google account
  2. Create your My Maps (TUTORIALS) or Tour Builder
  3. Share through Google Classroom (or other method)

Lesson Implementation

  1. Have students work through your map or tour
  2. Discuss


  1. Have students create their own maps or tours
  2. Share
  3. Discuss
Google MyMaps: Design Features


Tour Builder

Watch this high school history teacher talk about his experience with using Tour Builder.

BRAC: Defeating Global Poverty - This tour, built by BRAC (Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee) shows the work they're doing to spread anti-poverty solutions in multiple countries.

TourBuilder screenshot

My Maps - Activites / Examples

The London of Sherlock Holmes - tracks locations from the Sherlock Holmes stories.

screenshot of Sherlock Holmes' London MyMaps project

US Civil War - marks some of the significant events of the Civil War.

screenshot of Civil War map project