Google Maps Annotation Directions                                                                                           Morrill


You can create a custom Google map that has your own points, lines, and shapes, along with boxes containing images and text.

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  1. Sign in to Google with your school account.
  2. Go to “Maps” in the nine-squares app launcher button in the upper right (may be under “More”).
  3. Click “My custom maps” under the search field, then “Create”.
  4. Name your map, select the base map you wish to use (satellite, terrain, etc.), then navigate to a location.
  5. Click on the pin, then “Add to map”.
  6. Click on the left-hand list of pins to change a pin’s color and icon
  7. Click on the pin, then the pencil icon to edit.
  • Text in text box
  • Camera icon to add an image’s URL (see #8 below)
  • Hand tool to move around on map
  • The link with points tool to draw a line or shape
  • Add directions arrows tool
  1. Go to search.creativecommons.org or another source of images and find a webpage with an image you want to use. Click on the image so that it is the only thing appearing on the page, then copy the URL at the top. You can also copy the image URL with control click on Mac.
  2. Click on the Share button in upper-right to adjust privacy settings, share the map’s URL.