Thursday, July 22, 2010

Google Map Mashup for FO2010

For those in the Facilitating Online 2010 course, Chris Woodhouse tweeted
shed53: #FO2010 Never done any mashups but wonder if anyone fancies a map with all the students' locations pinned. Course poster?
Here's the link to a map where we can add markers indicating our locations. Check out the video near the end of this post to see how to do this.

View FO2010 in a larger map

I'd recommend placing your marker in a general spot, like 'Vancouver' as opposed to a specific address like '3614 West 16th Ave, Vancouver'. I had seen this done before when I (briefly) participated in CCK08. Rod Lucier created a similar map and posted on how to add your marker to the map. I've included his video here. If you follow his instructions it will work on our FO2010 map.



  1. Hi Claire,
    Thanks for responding so promptly. However, I can't place a pin for my location ;-(
    I can get the map to be listed in "My Maps" (I already have a Google account), but there's no Edit button. If I open one of my own maps that I'd already created, the Edit button appears.
    Any ideas?

  2. Hi Chris,
    I think I've fixed it. I had to open up the map for collaboration. If you try it again and it still doesn't work, please let me know. I haven't set one of these up before so I'm learning too!

  3. Thanks Claire - this saves me trying to locate all the participants in my head! How did you do it? I bet your students love things like this!

  4. Hi Karen,
    This is the first time I've set up one of these maps. You go into Google Maps and select 'My Maps' on the top left hand side of the screen. Then select 'Create New Map'. Then you give it a name, decide if it will be public or not, and start adding your markers. After that you can send invitations to specific people via e-mail, copy the link to send to people, and/or get the embed code so that you can add it to a webpage, like I've done above.
    Hope this helps!

  5. Yes that does help. Thanks Claire. In retrospect I should have watched the instructions in stead of stumbling my way through - my usual style. I see that my location is on the list rather than my name and can't figure out how to change it. Oh well. Nice to see it filling in. Maybe you could post it on the wiki participant's page?

  6. Hi Karen,
    I hope you don't mind, I made changes to your marker (put Duncan BC under the photo and put your name as the title. Here's how I did it: go to the FO2010 map, if you are not already signed into Google, sign in, then click on edit. You can now select your marker and make changes!

  7. @Karen,
    Thanks for the suggestion to add the map to the FO2010 wiki. I've added the link to the participants page, but was unable to embed the map. The wiki behaves differently than a blog or typical website so my usual methods have not worked so far. If anyone reading this knows how to embed a Google Map into Wikieducator, please contact me!

  8. I find Wikieducator to be a tad temperamental and some of it is to do with the open philosophy behind the wiki. Wayne Mackintosh, the founder Wikied, is a great chap to ask for help: mackintosh.wayne(at)

  9. @Sarah, thanks for the info. I did a bit of searching and it looks like I'm not the only one with this question. I'll give Wayne a try.

  10. Done. For some reason I have mental blocks when it comes to Google maps and Calender.

  11. I think I got myself on the map and the map on my Blog. Thanks for the map and the challenge.

  12. @Tracy, yes I can see you over there in Becida MN; glad it worked for you!


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