Many thanks to Ollie Bray for bringing my attention to this new post on the Google Lat/Long Blog with news of the launch of a new facility to embed google maps in your blog or website as easy as embedding a youtube video! The whole thing can be done in 3 easy steps – no need for a maps API key that used to be required. Code is generated which can be used to easily embed maps in blogs. The best thing is the embedded maps are still clickable and ‘zoomable’ and can have links to photos etc. Great potential for fieldtrip follow ups as well as interactive teaching resources for student use in homework blogs. Ollie has already embedded an example in his blog including both photos and video!
As with many of these great tools, unfortunately I am having problems getting it to work in wordpress – but it works a treat in blogger – see igeogblogger for another example!