Google Maps 101: Online Course Teaches All About Google Maps
Google is now offering a free online course for anyone to learn the ins and outs of Google Maps.Google Maps is used everywhere, from helping people map their trips to playing prominently in cool Websites where visitors can use Google Maps to find amazing online content. Now Google is creating a free online course where participants can learn much more about Google Maps, including how they can use it to expand their own horizons or build better online content themselves. The new "Mapping with Google" class will run from June 10 through June 24 as part of a self-paced online course "developed to help you better navigate the world around you by improving your use of the new Google Maps, Maps Engine Lite and Google Earth," wrote Tina Ornduff, the Maps program manager, in a May 28 post on the Google Lat Long Blog. Participants will be able to complete a Google Maps or Google Earth project using the skills they learn in the course and can earn a certificate that shows their accomplishments in the class using Maps. In the class, attendees can explore the features of Google Maps, Google Earth or both. Registration is free for the course, which will include a combination of video and text lessons, activities and projects, according to Ornduff. "You'll learn to do much more than look up directions or find your house from outer space," she wrote. "Tell a story of your favorite locations with rich 3D imagery, or plot sights to see on your upcoming trip and share with your travel buddies. During the course, you'll have the opportunity to learn from Google experts and collaborate with a worldwide community of participants, via Google+ Hangouts and a course forum."