I was really interested to read about the latest Google Map Android developments last week. Basically they have made it very easy to create indoor maps within Google Maps. You simply up-load your floor plan and then locate the floor plan within the Google Maps Satellite imagery.
It is surprising easy to do as long as you have a good floor plan! I’m sure it won’t be long until you can also add directions within this feature. That of course leads to all sorts of possibilities to help search for things around buildings and to help you get to places within large open spaces. This of course includes schools and learning spaces.
- Mapping the inside of your school - scope for transition activities, new students or visitors to the school (eg: to attend sport fixture)
- Parents night app - to help parents find there way around
- Your school timetable as a map (linked to the calendar functionality and other features of your device)
More about indoor maps in this YouTube Video below or visit the Google Floor Plans Page:
Now if your really interested in what can be done with Maps then you need to make sure that you watch this 8min TED Talk (February 2010) from Blaise Aguera y Arcas on Microsoft augmented-reality maps. The second half still blows my mind!