20 Registration-free online map tools for the classroom

Last year, I did a project with my students that integrated a discussion on the impact of tourism on the environment and the students did a map presentation using Zeemaps showing places people could visit that were more environmentally friendly. There are a number of ways to use maps in discussions, presentations, reports, and blogs, so I have done a summary of 20 map sites that could be used in the classroom:
Earthtools

Earthtools

: Find precise location data, sunrise and sunset times, height, contours, and distances all without registration.

National_geographic

MapMaker International from National Geographic

: Overlay a number of different themes from water, land, and climate to population, political, and economic systems. Draw on the map and place a variety of different markers as well as use a measuring tool in kilometres or miles. Save as an XML or PNG file.

Tiny_map

Tinymap

: Add markers to a Google map, mark points of interest, and draw lines. Password protect or openly share your map with others without registration.

Planiglobe

Planiglobe

: Create and download a custom vector map. Add places and political, topographic, and seafloor layers.

Marine_geoscience

Marine Geoscience Data Systems Custom Maps and Grids

: Make high-resolution topography maps of land and seabeds that you can download for free.

National_atlas

National Atlas Map Maker

: Create, save, and print US based maps using a number of layers including geographic, political, and historical.

Hypercities

Hypercities

: Overlay historical maps over current satellite views of a number of places around the world.

Flash_earth

Flash Earth

: View Bing and Yahoo maps on one site. Zoom and rotate.

Map_generator

Map Generator

: Create a simple Google map with one marker and text that you can share or embed without needing to register.

Esri

Esri

: Add a data overlay to a map based on US data such as age, income, and population. Embed or share a custom URL with comments.

Aardvark

Aardvark Map

: Create custom Google maps that can be embedded or shared without registration. Add multiple points or add custom overlay sets.

Scribble_maps

Scribble Maps

: Draw on a Google Map and add markers, images, and text as well. Save as an image, get a link, or embed. Even add a custom style to your map.

Zeemaps

ZeeMaps

: Create a custom Google map with markers, images, movies, and more. Share your custom map for free.

Indiemapper

Indiemapper

: Create vector, shape based, or custom maps based on your own data. Change projection types and export as an image.

Openstreetmap

OpenStreetMap

: Created using data from users, OpenStreetMap is an alternative to Google maps where users can download images or data.

Quikmaps

Quikmaps

: Draw lines, scribble, and add markers with comments on a Google map with out registration. Share the link or embed in your blog or website.

Dual_maps

Dual Maps

: Combine Google maps, Streetview, and Bing maps as one map. Add Wikipedia and Panoramio layers as well. Embed on your website or blog.

Travbuddy

TravBuddy

: Show a map with all the places you have visited in the world. Embed the map on your website or blog.

Roadtrip_america

Roadtrip America

: Create a road trip route with markers of things to do and see along the way. You are unable to save or print the map without registering, but you can always create a screenshot of the map to download.

 

How have you used maps in your classroom? Have you used any of these sites? How well did they work for you? You can comment below, send me a tweet at @nathanghall, or send me an email using the contact form on this website. Thanks!
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