Activity 2: Getting to know places with Google Maps

Objective of this activity
1. To use Google Maps to get useful information for planning
2. To create a personalised map

(a) Using Google Maps: For beginners, watch the following videoclip before getting started

Source: Google. (2009, December 06). Introduction to Google Maps Singapore with Traffic & Transit [video file]. Retrieved from

Useful resources


Your Task 2a

1. Using Google Maps, find out the suggested route(s) from your home to SST.

2. Apart from the suggested routes, what other information does Google Maps provide that helps you plan your journey to school?

3. How useful and reliable do you think are the information that Google Maps provide?


Something to Ponder...

  • How to use Google Maps to map out the routes for than 2 locations?
  • How different are the suggested routes for Location A to Location B, and vice versa?

(b) Personalising Google maps: For beginners, watch the following videoclip before getting started

Source: Google. (2009, December 06). How to create a "My Map" in Google Maps [video file]. Retrieved from


Your Task 2b

1. Using Google Maps, create a map on ONE of the following:

  • (a) Some places that you been to, in Singapore, during this school vacation; or
  • (b) Some places that you been to overseas

2. Your personalised map should have the following:

  • At least 3 landmarks/places marked on the map.
  • For each landmark/place, there should be at least one image and a brief description.

3. Generate the code of the map and embed it into a post in your blog (created in the previous activity). Provide your post with a name and briefly share what you did in the place(s) you visited.

Here's a an example of how your personalised map will look like when embedded in the post.

View Some Places in a larger map


Something to Ponder...

  1. If the map were to reflect several places to be visited in a day, how do we enhance the personalised map so that it could be used like an itinerary?
  2. How could two or more of us collaborate on the same map?


If you need to clarify anything about this task, or need help to complete the above, enter the questions under "COMMENTS". Remember to sign off with your name so that we can respond accordingly. Anonymous questions will not be entertained.

Enquiry 1: Embedding Map in Blog Post


  1. Hi,

    I followed what you posted up in another pupil's blog about embedding a map up a post, tried how to do it,but still unable to embed my map up .
    pls advise about the html tag and the above.
    thank you

    Kang Yan

  2. Hi Kang Yan

    I've uploaded the steps at the end of this post. Please try to see if it works.

    Ms Loh

  3. Thank you! The steps are very useful as I did not know how to embed a map into a blog post.