Google Maps


Google Maps is a Web mapping app that offers street maps, a route planner for traveling by foot, car, bike, or public transportation, and an urban business locator for numerous countries around the world. It powers many map-based services, including the Google Maps website, Google Ride Finder, Google Transit, and maps embedded on third-party websites via the Google Maps API.

General Note: Google Maps satellite images are not updated in real time; they are several months or years old.

Faculty Note: If you require this app to be used in your course, depending on how it will be used, you might have to require your students to sign a Waiver and Consent form. View adapting the consent and waiver form for your course for help in understanding this requirement.

Information about this Google App
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App Type: 
Consumer App
Terms of Service Information: 

This app is bound by Google's general Terms of Service.

NC State Use Cases: 

Here are some possible ways to use this app at NC State:

  • Faculty
    • You want your students to visit ten places on campus during the semester, where they will experience something you are teaching them about. You can use Google Maps to "pin" the locations you want them to visit, while noting what you want them to look for or experience at each location.
  • Staff
    • Your department supports faculty and staff all around campus and you want to visually represent "coverage areas" by each of your colleagues. You can use Google Maps to section off areas of campus, perhaps with a color code, to highlight each colleagues area of responsiblity.
  • Students
    • You have signed up for a Study Abroad class next semester and you want to have a visual representation of the places you'll visit while you're abroad. You can use Google Maps to plot your intended travels and then update the maps with annotations, as well as add any unexpected and fortuitous side trips that happen during the semester.  

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By the very nature of maps, there are natural accessibility problems for some populations. It is acceptable to use maps, but you should plan for how to convey equivalent information to certain users, notably visually impaired users.

Best Practices: 

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Tips & Tricks: 

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