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Get the Creativity Flowing

Posted on June 06 2021

Get the Creativity Flowing

Dear Educators,

The cartography team at Maps101 works to deliver the best classroom maps in the industry. With your subscription, you have access to more than 4,600 maps! We have exclusive world history maps, physical and pollical maps, outline maps, separate state atlases for Texas and California, and so much more. As classic commercials from yesteryear would then say, “BUT wait, we have even more!!!” And we do. Despite all of our efforts to bring you everything you need in the classroom, sometimes, teachers and students want to be able to add their own touch. With our Map Sketch Tool, you can do just that.

Map Sketch on Maps101

Look for maps with the Map Sketch button below the map, as seen here:

Clicking on the button opens a new window that includes a variety of tools to customize any map with the Map Sketch tool. You can crop, flip, rotate, or draw on it. You can add shapes and icons. A text tool allows you to add words on top of the map—adjusting font size, style, color, and more. You can even filter the colors, brightness, and other settings of the map itself.

A Map Sketch Example

By using the text tool, I added “Polish Ghetto” to the “Allied Occupation Zones in Post-War Germany” map. You can also see the variety of choices just within the text tool of Map Sketch. See below:

Take Customizing a Step Further

Using the icons tool, I added a location button in the general area of Warsaw, where one of the ghettos during World War II was located. See below for the location button on the map and to see all of the icon options. Notice students can add different arrow styles, stars, polygons, location buttons, hearts, and talk bubbles. They can customize icons, too.

Map Sketch Engages Students’ Imaginations

You can have students customize maps in a wide variety of ways, exclusively with Maps101. What will your students do with Map Sketch? The only limit is their imagination!!!! Contact your representative for more information on how to use Map Sketch or any other questions you have, to fully benefit from a Maps101 subscription.
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