Maps & Numbers App Smash


If you are in the midst of research projects, a fun idea is to app smash Maps and Keynote. Have students search for an important location in maps and take a screenshot of the map. This could include a variety of options such as a birth place, battle location, country, region, or even specific landforms.

Once in keynote, have students select the image and resize it accordingly. Then, they can select the format brush to make it more transparent with the opacity tool. Using the mark up tools, students can trace their location and notate important locations or facts.

Here's a glimpse of an example I made (I have included this example in the attached file):


Content Ideas to use with this skill:

  • Social Studies: Have students use the satellite view to see landforms, draw your community
  • Math: Have students draw the distance between two locations and convert the distrance to different types of measurements (yards to feet, miles to kilometers).
  • Reading: Research an area discussed in the text, trace the area and add drawings within the area of important events or character traits.
  • Science: Zoom out of maps to see where the terminator is located to draw and share understanding, make maps of continents and draw fault lines.

Please share any examples/ideas you have in the comments!


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Posted on February 27, 2023

LOVE this! I can already think of how our 8th grade history team can use it to have students make an interactive "tour" of battles for their upcoming Civil war unit. Thanks for sharing!

Posted on February 27, 2023

This is great! You could use the line draw build in and animate shapes to appear while recording the student voice explaining their learning and then export it as a movie.

Thanks for sharing!

Posted on February 28, 2023

Interactive tours would be the coolest! Students could animate shapes or drawings to show movement during the battles.

Thank you for sharing ideas Brisa!

Posted on February 28, 2023

Thanks for sharing! I love the versatility of Keynote. It is so much more than a presentation tool!

Posted on February 28, 2023

I agree, Keynote is amazing for learning! Thank you for responding @Dragon_Coach!

Posted on February 28, 2023

So great for geography skills! Thanks. Students could also use this technique to create a World country identification quiz. Create an outline of a country from Maps, add to Keynote and share with class to see if they can identify from the shape, the country name.

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