GTA resources

YouTube Webcam Capture -
  • Click on “Upload”
  • Click on the “record” button under “Webcam capture” on the right menu

GIF YouTube-
  • Create animated GIFs of your own videos.
  • Set a start time and length
  • Download as a .GIF file

Custom Design in Google Forms
  • Switch to Edit Theme view
  • Customize design elements
  • Add images as backgrounds
  • Can add animated GIFs as a background
Google has a number of useful tools for translations between 80 different languages.

Google Translate on the Web -
  • Type what you want to translate.
  • Choose from a range of languages
  • Star common phrases to a Phrasebook

Translate App for iOS -
  • Type, speak or draw what you want to translate
  • Choose from a range of languages
  • Translate using voice or handwriting
  • Large screen display of translation

Translate App for Android -
  • Type, speak , draw of photograph what you want to translate
  • Choose from a range of languages
  • Choose from a range of dialects in Settings
  • Star common phrases to a Phrasebook
  • Reverse translate
  • Take a photo of text and translate it
  • Turn screen on the side to go full screen
  • Conversation mode - converse with someone in another language!

Translation built into Docs -
  • Type your document and translate instantly
  • Tools > Translate document…
  • Saves a copy in the new language

Translation using Google Sheets scripting
  • Sample here -
  • Converse in two languages
  • Tools > Script Editor to see how it works

How does Google Translate work? -
By detecting patterns in documents that have already been translated by human translators, Google Translate can make intelligent guesses as to what an appropriate translation should be. This process of seeking patterns in large amounts of text is called "statistical machine translation".

Data Resources

Data Visualisation & Infographics Resources

Using Maps

  • Find a place - type its name in the search bar, [google, mountain view]
  • Find a business - type what you're looking for into the search, eg pizza or accounting
  • Save a place - click the Star icon
  • Find directions - click the Directions arrow and enter the start and end points
  • Get live traffic - click the Show Traffic link
  • Get transit information - click the Transit link
  • Transit lines (busses, trains, ferries) will appear
  • Click on a station or bus stop to see timetable information where available)
  • Get directions - click the Step by Step link 
  • Switch between car, transit, walking, cycling or flying
  • Choose Best route, or Avoid Tolls and Highways
  • Click each step to zoom in at that point
  • Print the directions with the Printer button
  • Click Full Map View to return to the main map
  • Click on the blue nav line to route via specific places
  • Click anywhere on a map to see the closest address to that point
  • Click the Streetview image to see Streetview at that point
  • In Streetview try navigating with your keyboard arrow keys
  • The Explore bar at the bottom of the screen shows photos contained within the current map view
  • You can hide or show the Explore bar - click the arrows on the right side of it
  • To share a map, just get the view you want, and use the current URL
  • Click Earth to switch to the 3D Google Earth view
  • Use the Tilt button to tilt the Earth view (3 positions)
  • Press Shift while dragging to rotate the view
  • Scroll (or use the +/- buttons) to zoom in and out

Maps on mobile
  • Views - Traffic, Cycling, Satellite, Public transit
  • Waze integration coming (crowdsourced map data)
  • Being signed in to Maps on mobile links to previous desktop searches (All your stars!)
  • Shake your phone to make corrections!

Google Views
  • Adding Photosphere images to maps
  • Got an Android phone running Jelly Bean? Use the Photosphere feature and add it to the Views map.


  • Learn more about Streetview technology, including how it works and where in the world the cars are driving next!

My Maps

My Maps is a free mapping tool that anyone can use to create personalised maps and data mashups. It is based on Maps Engine, a business class mapping tool operated as a paid service.

Activity: Mapping Datasets

Here are some datasets for you. 

Just open one that sounds interesting, and use the File > Make a Copy command to take a copy to your own Google Drive. Open a My Maps page and import the data in. Here's some interesting datasets... go play with them!

The Maps Interface

Contribute to Maps. Add places, correct errors.

Also, you can see what's being updated with Pulse

Measuring Distance

Need to know how far something is on a map? Just right click and choose Measure Distance. Click points on the map to show the distance. You can even drag points around to change them, or click in the middle of a line to add a new point. When you're done, right click again and choose Clear Measurement

Let's do a Mapping Exercise...


Adding your email using the form above lets me share a Maps Engine map with you. Check your email in a moment to get the link to the map we'll be working on.

Did you know? Google's Maps are updated constantly, with new additions made every week. However, not every area is updated equally often... densely populated areas are updated more often than remote and rural areas.

Classroom Suggestion: Make a Map!

Next time your students are learning about a topic that involves any sort of geographical information, get them to work together to produce a collaborative map of key locations.

This idea can be used in ALL subject areas, not just obvious ones like geography!
  • Science - showing where data was collected. 
  • English - showing places mentioned in a novel. 
  • Art - showing where different art movements started. 
  • History - showing locations of famous battles... 
  • Use your imagination!
Here's one great finished example of how MapsEngine could be used...