BatchGeo is the “fastest way to create Google maps from your data.”  All you need to do is to copy and paste location-based spreadsheet data into the BatchGeo textbox and click “Map Now” and you’ve got a map of all the locations in the spreadsheet.   It not only creates a pin on the map but it includes all the other information from that row of the spreadsheet in the pin as well.  I was able to successfully create maps using just city/state information as well as longitude and latitude.  BatchGeo has a clustering/grouping feature that allows you to display information points int he form of a pie chart as well as individual pins.  Pair it with a Google Form to collect the data that can then be easily visualized within BatchGeo.  Once created your map can be downloaded as a KML file for use in Google Earth or can be embedded into OAKS, a blog or a website.

Map of rain or snow days per year in the US

Uses in Education:

  •  Any data that has a location associated with it can be mapped:
    • political party registration in an area
    • socioeconomic inequities
    • school populations
    • demographic data of your class
  • Great for field work.  Using a GPS device track the longitude and latitude associated with data samples collected.
  • Great for younger students:
    • map the locations they’ve traveled in their lifetimes
    • journeys of famous people
    • mapping a work of fiction that takes place in a real city
    • science data samples

Pricing

It’s free to get started.  No accounts are required, also making it a good tool for K12 students.  With the free version you are limited to 2,500 addresses or data points per map (Pro account allows 15,000) and 6 groups (Pro account allows 9) and cannot password protect a map.  The Pro version is $99 per month but before paying that amount I would recommend checking into other options that might be more robust.

http://batchgeo.com