Digital Cartography Workshop:

Geography and Culture Across the Curriculum

MICDS Summer Teacher Institute 2009


Presentation Slides


How Well Do We Know Our World?

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According to a 2006 National Geographic-Roper Survey:

  • 37% of young American can find Iraq on a map
  • 47% could not find the Indian subcontinent on a map of Asia
  • 75% were unable to locate Israel on a map of the Middle East
  • 20% of young American think Sudan is in Asia
  • 50% of 18-24 year old Americans can't find New York on a map

If our students are going to live in a "flat world" they need to understand geography and intercultural literacy.

Any Discipline Can Be Approached from a Geographic Perspective



Tools for Digital Cartography


Google provides an array of tools for digital cartography:

An Introduction to Google Maps


Google Maps can provide an easy entry point into Digital Cartography.


To be used most fully/effectively, users should have a Google account so they can create their own custom maps. This simple example shows how a map can be embedded:

An Introduction to Google Earth


What's New in Google Earth 5.0:


The Google Earth User Guide (available online and as a PDF) provides a comprehensive overview of Google Earth.

Google Earth User Guide

Tips for Creating Content:

Placeholders (pins) can contain text, images, audio, and video. Inserting media requires the use of HTML. If you don't know HTML, you can assemble the content for the placeholder balloon using:


If using an HTML editor, be sure to copy/paste the HTML into your placemark (switch to code view).

Additional Google Earth/Google Maps Resources