How to use #routing on #Google #Maps

Learn how to map a #route on #Google #Maps.

Today, I’m going to show you how to map a route from Barrie to Toronto.  Give it a try.  Enjoy the video (audio a touch bit off, feel free to use captions).

Happy GIS-ing.


Learn how to #access #Google #Maps #offline

Learn how to access #Google #Maps #offline.

What I like about this feature is you can save areas you need and it does not take too much space on your device.  Just a fun fact, you can also run the Navigation Beta features of Google Maps using the offline saved map.  Perfect if you don’t want to be burning your through data plan while on the go.

Compared to a vehicle GPS, having the tactile map is always nice, definitely a handy thing to have on the road.

Happy GIS-ing!

How to #Track #Santa on #Google #Maps #Android

It’s been a long time since we’ve had a chance to upload some creativity to this YouTube.  As always, we enjoy interacting with many of our viewers through #Twitter and #YouTube and this #Wordpress outlet.

Today’s tutorial is all about how to Track Santa using Google Maps on Android.  Our team have been discussing on how we can make some meaningful tutorials, one of which we came up with is using freely available software.   To follow along with this tutorial, you need a few things.

  1. An android device (or another OS that supports Google Maps)
  2. Internet (to update your device since this update came out around Dec 1)
  3. Some sticky kid fingers who love to know where Santa is!

This feature is easy to do, simply Search “Where’s Santa” and you’ll be able to track Santa on Christmas Eve.

If you’re a regular #Google #Map user, you may have seen a similar feature around Halloween with the witch.

Cheers and have fun!

Identifying Rocks

Very good compilation of links for rock identification.

Science 6 at FMS


Mineral Identification Links that we used to identify minerals: http://fitz6.wordpress.com/2012/04/25/properties-of-minerals/

  1. ROCK ID– Follow the arrows and answer YES or NO- http://www.classzone.com/books/earth_science/terc/content/investigations/es0610/es0610page02.cfm
  2. Rock Identification Tables: look at the descriptions and characteristics. Scroll down the page to find igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks. http://geology.about.com/od/rocks/a/Rock-Tables.htm
  3. GeoMan’s Rock Identificationhttp://jersey.uoregon.edu/~mstrick/MinRockID/RockID/RockIDChart.html


  1. Rock Gallery IDhttp://geologyonline.museum.state.il.us/geogallery/browse.php?table=rocks
  2. Rock Pictures– scroll down for some clear examples- http://depthome.brooklyn.cuny.edu/geology/core332/geofield.htm
  3. Gallery of Common Rockshttp://www.rocksandminerals4u.com/igneous_metamorphic_sedimentary_rock.html


  1. Igneous Rock Classification, click on rocks to see more details for each rock. http://csmres.jmu.edu/geollab/fichter/IgnRx/IgnRx.html
  2. Igneous Rock Textureshttp://www.classzone.com/books/earth_science/terc/content/investigations/es0603/es0603page02.cfm
  3. Alphabetical List of Igneous Rockshttp://csmres.jmu.edu/geollab/fichter/IgnRx/IgAlphabetical.html
  4. Igneous Rock Identificationhttp://facweb.bhc.edu/academics/science/harwoodr/geol101/labs/igneous/
  5. Igneous Rock Color Texture Keyhttp://csmres.jmu.edu/geollab/fichter/IgnRx/igkey.html
  6. Color ID Keyhttp://csmres.jmu.edu/geollab/fichter/IgnRx/keyc-t.html


  1. Alphabetical List of Sedimentary Rockshttp://csmres.jmu.edu/geollab/fichter/SedRx/Sedalphab.html

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