Google My Maps for Families

Navigating Google My Maps

Google My Maps iconGoogle My Maps is a tool students can use create custom maps with meaningful places from history, their personal life, or a book or story. Learn more about accessing and using Google My Maps by selecting the topics listed below.

Creating a My Maps file

You can create a new My Maps file in Drive or on the Google My Maps homepage.

Watch a video on the basics of Google My Maps.

Helpful buttons & tools in My Maps

These are some commonly used buttons and built-in tools within Google My Maps.

Add marker buttonAdd marker button - Use this button to place a marker. You can name the marker, write a description, attach images, and customize the marker's icon and color.

Search button Search button - Use this button to search for places across the globe to add to your map.

Marker editing toolbarMarker editing toolbar - If you click on a marker on your map, you will see this toolbar to edit the marker. Change the name, its description, attach pictures, or customize that marker's icon and color.

Add layer buttonAdd layer button - You can add different layers to your map for different types of markers. Having multiple layers is useful if you're working with many different markers or several different types of markers. You can check or uncheck different layers to hide or show individual layers.

Select items buttonSelect items button - This button lets you grab items or move the map.

Preview buttonPreview button - Use this button to see a preview of your map.

Share buttonShare button - This button lets you share your map with others as collaborators.

Turning in a My Maps file to Google Classroom

To turn your My Map file into Google Classroom, follow these steps:

  1. Open the class in Google Classroom, and go to the Classwork tab. Google Classroom classwork tab
  2. Find the assignment, and click on it to expand it to show the directions. Then click "View assignment". Google Classroom view assignment button
  3. OGoogle Classroom your work spacen the right side, find the spaced titled "Your work". Your My Map file may already be listed there. If so, skip to step 4. If your My Map file is not already listed there, use the "Add or create" button to search for it in Google Drive and attach it.
  4. Click the"Turn in" button to submit your work to your teacher. 

Google Classroom private comments spaceHave questions about the assignment? Use the "Private comments" section under "Your work" to send a private message to your teacher.

Learn more about Google Classroom.