National Geographic MapMaker is a nice mapping tool that I’ve been using and recommending for years. It was recently updated with an improved user interface, additional data sets, and more annotation tools.
With NatGeo MapMaker you can create custom maps to display datasets, to compare datasets, to illustrate collerelations, and to illustrate points. National Geographic MapMaker includes lots of datasets that you can have displayed on your map with just a click. You can display multiple datasets on the same map for comparison or correlation illustration.
National Geographic MapMaker can be used for more than just displaying datasets. You can also use it to illustrate ideas for students by highlighting, annotating, and adding custom points to your map. Additionally, you can choose from six base maps the one that best fits with the purpose of your map. Maps that you create with NatGeo MapMaker can be shared online and or printed as PDFs to distribute to your students.
In this new video I demonstrate how to use National Geographic Mapmaker. My demonstration includes using NatGeo Mapmaker to create a map that displays fault lines and volcano locations relative to where I live.
Applications for Education
National Geographic MapMaker is a great tool for making maps to distribute to studnets to use in all kinds of geography lessons. As I demonstrated in the video above, you could use it to create a lesson about tectonic plates and volcanoes. National Geographic MapMaker could be used to create lessons in which students make correlations between population density and light pollution. Or you might simply use it to print a map with latitude and longitude lines to help students learn about where they live in the world relative to other locations.