This morning I was surfing through my RSS feed about half asleep and not paying much attention until I got to Ewan McIntosh’s blog post about Bing’s new Destination Maps feature. I had already been blown away by a TED talk on how Microsoft was able to do street views inside buildings. So my curiosity caused me to take a little closer look at this feature of Bing Maps.
What I like about it is the ability to simplify the map to just the streets you really need to see. As Ewan points out in his post, giving maps for destinations in Los Angeles or New York could be done much more easily this way.
He also makes the comment about students creating “buried treasure maps.” That really got my attention.
So I went to Bing’s Destination Maps and created a “treasure map” of directions to our school. This is always an interesting thing to do since the address to our school doesn’t come up in the right place on any map. People who Google us get lost easily. So take a look at this cute little map I made this morning:
It couldn’t be simpler. First, type in a search. If you don’t like where the flag appears, just move it (which is what I did on this map). Second, create a box around the area of the map you want to simplify. In this case, I created a very small box and then enlarged the map. The box stays around the same points as in the original size, so you may have to tweak this step a time or two. Third, choose the type of map you want. There are 5 or 6 types available. I chose the last one because it looks like a treasure map. Last, share it. You can embed it (think embedding in DE Streaming) or send it out as a link. The final product is a .jpg file, so when I placed it in this blog post I could easily change the size of the file. It could also be placed in a PPT slide.
What could your kids do with a tool like this?