A sense of place: Web 2.0, Adult learners, and geography
He is talking about how to use Google Maps for education in Geography instruction.
They have developed an online tool called "MapBlog". Came from an instructor who teaches a course in the Middle East, but she found challenges with students not really having a sense of the place. It uses a live Google map, and students can add points to the map, and they can link web pages to those points. It allows you to create a new point, add a URL, and give it a label. The pedagogy is that students identify a current event, post the information to a discussion board, and then add a spot on the map with a link to a web site.
They have developed a suite of other applications that can be used across other course instances.
//QUESTION: They have many different views of the data across classifications, history, etc. Can instructors create that for themselves, or do they have to create them?
Instructors can create them if they can create these with Google Earth, because they are just KML files.