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1. Quickstart Guide
a. Login
b. Search for content
c. Display a Map
d. Download or Print a Map
e. Watch a National Geographic Video

2. Overview
a. System Requirements
b. Getting the most from Maps101

3. Content and Features
a. National Geographic
b. Map Collections
c. Interactive Maps
d. Spanish Language
e. Reference Atlas
f. Global Perspective
g. K-3
h. Classroom Resources
i. Learn & Play
j. Maps101 Bing Explorer
k. Zoomify
l. State Standards

4. Home Page Navigation

5. Map Page Navigation

6.Troubleshooting & Help
a. System Requirements
b. Enabling Cookies

Quick Start

Login to Maps101

Go to

Click the Login button in the top right corner.

Enter your school/district username and password,

Our Username:

Our Password:

* Tip — Your browser can auto save your Maps101 login information. When you visit Maps101 in the future, you will not be required to login.

* Tip — Be sure to type your username and password accurately. Login is case sensitive.

* Tip — You may need to enable cookies in your browser. For more information on this see: How to enable cookies.
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Search for content

On each page you will see in the upper right corner a search box.

Type in the place or subject that you are looking for and Maps101 will find all content relating to that subject.

Search results will appear in a complete list with images.

* Tip — To view a list of content without images, click view as text.

* Tip — Search results will initially all appear together, but are also sorted by type or category — for example videos, map collections, reference atlas. Click the tabs above your search results to see the various categories.
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Display a USA map

Click the Map Collections button on the left of the home page.

Select Physical Maps.

Click United States Physical Geography.

* Tip — The zoomify feature allows users to get detailed, close up views of Maps101 maps, or print the section you are viewing. Click the magnifying glass in the top right corner.
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Print or Download a map

While viewing a map, click on the controls underneath the image.

PDF — Creates a PDF document of the map that can be printed or emailed.

Download — Opens the full size image in a new window. Right click 'Save As' to save a copy to your computer.

Email — Enables you to email the map image to another Maps101 user.

For more information on navigating the map content pages see here.
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Watch a National Geographic short video

Click the National Geographic button on the left.

Click National Geographic Videos.

Select your required subject area.

Browse the video content. Click on the appropriate video image to play or click Play Video.

* Tip — You can also browse videos by location. Zoom in on the map to see locations of all National Geographic videos, and click the pushpin to select. Pushpins are color coded according to their category.
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Welcome to Maps101 — the most comprehensive, interactive, engaging support materials available for Geography, History, Earth Science and Language arts for the K-12 classroom.

Maps101 is an online resource that saves you time by providing support materials such as maps, videos, educational games, news articles and animations along with lesson plans and activities to use in the classroom.

Because Maps101 offers a wide variety of materials for a range of subjects and grade levels, teachers can call upon a variety of different content to illustrate their lessons, holding student interest. Maps101 is available from any internet connected computer using your school's username and password, meaning that it can also be used in the home for research or simply to browse the wealth of information.
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System Requirements

Internet Connected PC or Mac.

Compatible with
Internet Explorer 6 or later.
Mozilla Firefox
Google Chrome
Mac Safari
Mac OS X

Recommended Software
Adobe Flash (Required for some multimedia content)
Microsoft Silverlight (Required for some 3D content)
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Getting the most from Maps101

Maps101 offers content for almost every classroom, teacher, student and parent.

The key to getting the most from Maps101 is to let everybody know about this wonderful resource which your school can now access.

As there is no limit on usage, we recommend that you inform everybody at your school about your login details, including:

Library and media specialists, Science Teachers, Social Studies Teachers, Geography, History and Spanish Language teachers, K-3 teachers, all students and parents.

You can also share specific content that may be relevant to students or teachers using the email control at the bottom of the content pages.

* Tip — Maps101 offers IP Authentication, so that computers within your school or district are not required to login.

* Tip — Maps101 provides several documents that you can share around the school in electronic and printed format. If you would like to receive more information email us : quote your school name and location or visit the subscriber resources section on the home page.

* Tip — For the latest developments and news from Maps101 you can follow our Blog — or Facebook —
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Content and Features

To help you find exactly what you are looking for within more than 4200 pieces of content that make up Maps101, we have a number of content sections for you to navigate.

You can also find content relating to a topic or location using the search facility in the upper right corner of every page.

Finally, you can search using the Bing Maps Explorer to identify content by location.
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National Geographic

Includes National Geographic short videos, maps, outline maps, Earthpulse Atlas, Classic Collection of Magazine Supplements from the past 100 years.
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Map Collections

This section is comprised of, amongst others, history maps, outline maps, antique maps, thematic maps, city maps, maps focusing on specific areas such as the middle east, locator maps showing regions of the world and their position on the globe and atlases for Texas and California.
  • Antique Maps — A collection comprised of major U.S. cities from coast to coast, including New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, New Orleans, & more.
  • California Atlas — Our Atlas of California makes use of historic and thematic maps to tell the story of the Golden State.
  • City Maps — Find your way around major cities in the U.S. such as Los Angeles, NewYork City, or Chicago. Or, go international! From Havana, Cuba to Beijing, China you can view roads, rivers & major landmarks.
  • Earth Science Maps — Maps covering a variety of topics like precipitation, ethnicity, weather & more.
  • Former USSR — From continents to countries with information on ethnicity, regions, administration & more.
  • History Map Sets — World, Canada, & United States History Map Sets are designed to make history more comprehensible & visually compelling, while enhancing students' knowledge of geography.
  • Interactive Maps — Watch as history unfolds: maps are activated by animated arrows (with sound!), or click on the map colors shown in the legend to tell the story, or drag place names onto the map and then check your work!
  • Middle East Maps — A comprehensive look at the Middle East — its resources, people, history & current events.
  • Outline Map Sets — Black & white line maps of all the continents, regions of the world, countries, Canadian provinces & territories, & U.S. states with & without text.
  • Physical Maps — These maps show natural landforms including mountains, rivers & lowlands. Their color scheme & shaded relief indicate variations in elevation throughout Canada, the United States & the World.
  • Spanish Language Maps — Country, Continent, USA and Mexico maps with major features translated to Spanish. Suitable for Spanish Language and ESL teaching.
  • Texas Atlas — Our Atlas of Texas makes use of historic and thematic maps to tell the story of the Lone Star State.
  • Thematic Map Sets — Access thematic maps that clearly & accurately display historical, cultural, social, economic, & environmental data for Canada, the United States & the World.
  • United States County Maps — All the fifty States are represented, each with county lines, county names, & county seats.
  • Western Civilization Maps — These carefully selected maps provide comprehensive global coverage for the major historical periods.
  • World Projection Collection — A selection of various projections of the planet earth. Each of these projections serves a different purpose in visually representing a complex combination of land & water masses in a simplified format.
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Interactive MapsInteractive Maps

The interactive maps section features timelines and maps with animations that students can use to 're-enact' battles, elections and other events. Most of the interactive maps require Adobe Flash. A link is provided with each map for computers that don't have flash already installed. Most interactive maps include the facility to play and pause the action to enable questions and discussion.

  • 2008 Presidential Election Center — See how the most recent US elections unfolded. View the results of the primaries, see week by week polling results in the run up to the election, view voting for in the Presidential Elections, and compare the results with years gone by.
  • Animated Timeline Maps — Watch hundreds of years of pivotal moments in history unfold in just 90 seconds, with our new animated historical timeline maps. These engaging maps will help your students make connections between events in history and the present day.
  • Animated History Maps — Our Animated History Maps add a new level to learning! Now students and teachers can control the information displayed and analyze maps from a new perspective. Watch as history unfolds: maps are activated by animated arrows (with sound!), or click on the map colors shown in the legend to tell the story, or drag place names onto the map and then check your work!
  • My School Locator — Discover your school and your community in a whole new way! With a view from the top, you can see your house, your school, and your neighborhood.
  • Monuments of Washington D.C. — You don't need to visit Washington D.C. to encounter its rich history and culture.
  • U.S. State Capitals — Get a bird's eye view of your state's capital or zoom in to the capitol buildings and enjoy the view from the top!
  • Canada's Province and Territory Capital Cities
  • National Battlefields and Military Parks — Follow the many campaign trails and map out our nation's rich military history with this interactive map!
  • National Monuments and Memorials — Learn about the history and location of our nation's monuments and memorials through this interactive map!
  • National Historic Parks and Sites — Even if you can't visit all the historic parks and sites around the U.S., you can still get a bird's eye view and learn about each one!
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Spanish Language Materials Spanish Language

Maps101's Spanish content is more than translations of existing maps. As well as world and US maps with Spanish titles for cities, oceans, rivers etc. we also include Geography Skill builders, Geography Glossaries and our weekly Geography in the News™ articles in Spanish translations.
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Reference Atlas

Click on the reference atlas and you will be presented with a variety of tools. Country comparisons provide world rankings, facts and figures for demographic statistics such as population, land mass, death rates, education etc.

Clicking on either the US or World atlas links will open up the appropriate map. These atlas maps are interactive and enable the user to click and zoom into any country or state. Once a country is selected, the menu above the map can be clicked to show political or physical versions, the national or state flag, and comprehensive statistics.

Check the glossary and appendices for further information such as abbreviations and common terms.
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Global Perspectives

Geography in the News™ is published each week (normally Friday) by Geographer and academic Dr Neal Lineback. Each article is available to download as a pdf. More than 1000 GITN articles are archived in this section, as well as many Maps in the News and Map of the Week articles created from AP News stories.
  • Learn about Geographical events current and historical, and see what's happening in the daily news with Maps in the News!
  • Geography in the News™ — Weekly in-depth articles with searchable archives.
  • Map of the Week — Weekly maps, created by Geographic artist, Scott Davis, who ties historical & current events to the lay of the land.
  • Maps in the News — Archive of more than 10 years of Maps in the News articles.
  • NG EarthPulse — The Earthpulse atlas from NG provides world statistics and comparisons in a quick-reference, interactive format. Great when considering Geography in the News™ articles and seeking different perspectives.
Also, watch out for special event resources such as 'Haiti in Crisis', providing a wealth of Maps101 resources in one place for those researching current events.
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K-3 Maps

K-3 materials include strong colors and bold imagery. Maps from 'My Bedroom' through 'My Neighborhood' to 'the solar system' are designed to convey a sense of relative place. Uncle Sam's farm helps students develop their map skills including cardinal direction and grid references. For older students clear and colorful illustrations of regions, states and countries are provided.

Click on any of the map content to access grade appropriate materials, including world's largest rivers, the hemispheres, world population, volcanoes, all in a grade appropriate illustrated style.
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Classroom Resources

Much of our Maps101 content is aimed at specific areas of the Social Studies curriculum. Lesson plans are provided for all grade levels that help the teacher use this content more effectively. Classroom activities and Geography Skill Builders are available here and there are useful tools for students such as glossaries and pronunciation guides.
  • Understanding Geography: Activities
  • Classroom Activities — Quick Activities to Energize Students.
  • Geography Skill Builders — Short Lessons with Maps & Handouts.
  • Introduction to Maps & Map Skills — Introduction to Mapping with Projections, Compass & More.
  • Lesson Plans — Over 160 Organized by Grade Level, Subject, Region, & National Standards.
  • Pronunciation Gazetteer — 650 Place Name Pronunciations, Plus Latitude Longitude & More.
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Learn and Play

Games aimed at various grade levels help to develop general knowledge, geographical awareness and reinforce information conveyed in the lessons. All of the games are played individually and many include time and score recordings to encourage goals setting. Watch out for special event quizzes such as the Womens History Month crossword.
  • Uncle Sam's Farm — Grades K-3 — Let Uncle Sam show you around his farm with this fun, early learner interactive map feature.
  • Geoquiz — Beat the clock as Geo George asks you a series of questions with the possible answers displayed on a map. Impress the studio audience with your answers.
  • Alienz! The Game of World Exploration — Our easy and fun animated geography quizzes for younger geographers.
  • Jigsaw Puzzles — A great skill builder for young budding geographers, but fun for all ages. Our newest puzzles now have varying levels of difficulty!
  • Geography Crosswords — Puzzle your mind with a variety of Geography Crossword Puzzles.
  • Map Kits — Want to be a cartographic artist? With our interactive graphics tools, you can customize maps of the US, Canada, Mexico, and all 50 States online!
  • Word Search Puzzles — Download and print our mesmerizing word searches to puzzle your students, available in a handy PDF format.
  • Online Games — Test your skill against our weekly GeoQuiz, have fun with our interactive quizzes, and print our Geo Crossword to puzzle your students!
  • FLASH World Quizzes
  • Africa Quiz
  • Asia Quiz
  • Continents Quiz
  • State Capitals — Easy
  • State Capitals — Medium
  • State Capitals — Hard
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Maps101 Bing Maps Explorer

The Bing Explorer is a great alternative to traditional searching. To access, click the Maps101 Explorer box at the top center of the home page. Bing will open in a new window.

Use your mouse or the arrow controls on the top left of your screen to navigate around, and your mousewheel or the + / — controls to zoom in and out. As you zoom in on an area Maps101 will display content relevant to that area.

To view a piece of content click the links in the box on the bottom left until you reach your desired content. You can click 'save link' to hold favorite links in a separate box. These will only be stored during that session and will be lost once you close the explorer.
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Zoomify is a feature available for most Maps101 content which enables the user to zoom in to a map and see close up detail. Zoomify uses high resolution image rendering to enable clear viewing of fine detail including place names, terrain features, rivers and roads.

Where you see the 'Zoom' button with the magnifying glass symbol, click to open Zoomify in a new window. From here you can use the slider bar to zoom in and out, and the navigation arrow keys to move up, down, right and left to change your view. You can also use your mouse — the wheel will zoom in and out, and you can move the map by holding down the left button and moving the image around. On the far right of the control bar, a reset button allows you to revert to the original view.

On the left of the control bar, the print button allows you to print the current selection displayed on your screen. This means that you can zoom in on a particular relevant area and print only that section.
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State Standards

Maps101 content is designed for application to appropriate areas of the curriculum. State standards frequently change and our new content additions are designed to anticipate and adapt to new state standards where possible. Maps101 is broadly aligned with national curriculum standards.

Users in Texas can search by state standards. Click the state standards button, select your grade level and locate the appropriate curriculum section. Click 'Search' and Maps101 will show you all appropriate content for this section.

For other states, we provide direct links to the latest state standards online.
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Home Page Navigation


1. Maps101 Explorer — Use the Bing Map to view continents, countries, states and counties in close up detail. As you navigate, Maps101 will show you content relevant to the area you are viewing. Great for finding all of the content for a specific location.

2. Content Navigation Buttons — Switch between each of Maps101's varied content areas to browse everything from Maps to videos to lesson plans and activities. Simply click the appropriate button to open the required section.

3. Geography in the News™ — Read the latest article from Dr Neal Lineback, or browse more than 1000 previous articles covering a diverse range of topics from Geography to current events to environmental issues.

4. Subscriber Resources — From here you can access the newest special content features — watch for special content celebrating events such as Black History Month, Earthday and so on. Also, use this section to reach the Maps101 blog, user tutorial videos or arrange an online training session.

5. Upper Navigation Buttons — Access state standards, refer to the user guide, view the blog or purchase classroom materials at specially discounted rates.

6. See the latest additions to the National Geographic short video collection. With more than 500 to choose from, there is something for every classroom.

7. Search box. Enter place names, people, events, animals, or other text and click the button to search all of Maps101's content.
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Map Page Navigation

Page Navigation

1. Zoomify Button (Where available) — use to view the map in close up high resolution detail.

2. Get a PDF of this map. PDF's are suitable for emailing and printing on any PC or Mac.

3. Email this map to a friend or colleague. Let another teacher know about content which may be relevant to their lessons, or inform another student of materials that may be useful for a project or assignment.

4. Download a digital copy of this map. Digital copies can be used for Powerpoint presentations, slide shows, web pages or print documents.

5. Map Options — eg Purchase a poster-sized version of this map for a classroom display.

6. Further information and relevant lesson plans for this map. Information is provided with hyperlinks to lessons and activities which use this map.
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5. Troubleshooting & Help:

A. How do I access Maps101 & what if I am having trouble logging in?
B. What are the System Requirements?
C. How Do I Use the Maps?
D. What are PDF & GIF Files?
E. How do I print the PDFs?
F. What if I Can't Print the PDFs, and/or I Get an "Out Of Memory" Message?
G. What if I am Having Other Trouble with Acrobat Reader?
H. How Often are the Maps Updated?
I. Some Interactive Maps and Games are not working?
J. I can't use the 3D option in some Bing Explorer maps.
K. How do I enable cookies?

Answers to the most often asked questions.

A. How do I access Maps101 & what if I am having trouble logging in?

Make sure you go directly to Click on the button labeled "Login" in the top right of the screen. Type in your username & password- remember to use only lowercase letters! If you are getting to the login page, but can't get into the site, try these steps: ¥ Make sure your caps lock is off & you are typing your username & password EXACTLY as you have set it up, the fields are case sensitive. ¥ Make sure your browser is set to accept cookies. For more information on cookies, See 'Cookies' below.
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B. What are the System Requirements?

System Requirements

Internet Connected PC or Mac.

Compatible with -

Internet Explorer 6 or later.

Mozilla Firefox

Google Chrome

Mac Safari

Mac OS X

Recommended Software -

Adobe Flash (Required for some multimedia content)

Microsoft Silverlight (Required for some 3D content)
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C. How Do I Use the Maps?

Most of the maps are available in both GIF format for display use on the Web and in multi-media presentations; and in PDF format which are resized to fit neatly on a standard 8.5" x 11" paper for printing.
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D. What are PDF & GIF Files?

PDF stands for "Portable Document File" and is platform independent — it doesn't matter whether you are using a MacIntosh or PC. PDF files will print out in a high resolution, which makes it ideal for small type and details on a map. GIF: Graphic Interchange Format. The leading type of image format specifically for computer use and optimized for use on the Internet. GIF imagery resolution (72 dots per inch or dpi) provides a combination of speed and quality when rendering nonphotographic images via a computer monitor. GIF images can be displayed via projector, although Maps101 recommends use of its PDF files for that purpose, and is a standard file format for use with PowerPoint and Photoshop.
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E. How do I print the PDFs?

In order to download & print PDFs from Maps101, you must have the free software program "Acrobat Reader" from Adobe. If this is not already installed on your computer or within your browser (most of the latest editions come with it already installed), otherwise go to to get the latest version. Follow the instructions provided on the Adobe site-when the program is downloaded to your computer, installation should take only a matter of moments! Once installed, you should not need to install Acrobat Reader again. Download the map you would like to print by clicking on the "Download PDF" link (usually below the map), and the file should appear on your desktop. Double-click the PDF to open it in Acrobat Reader, and then go to File on the menu bar and choose Print.
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F. What if I Can't Print the PDFs, and/or I Get an "Out Of Memory" Message?

The newest version of Acrobat Reader will automatically set up your Preferences to open PDFs online, which may cause you to receive the "Out of Memory" message, or not allow you to print the PDF maps (they may come up blank or stall your printer). You will need to change your Preferences to download the files, go to the following link for platform and browser specific instructions. Click here for PDF Help
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G. What if I am Having Other Trouble with Acrobat Reader?

If you are having trouble with Acrobat Reader, please contact Adobe Acrobat Reader Support. The link will bring you to their top issues page, which contains much useful information on how to install & configure Acrobat Reader.
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H. How Often are the Maps Updated?

Countries and regions of the world are monitored daily for border changes, new spellings, name changes, etc. When a change occurs anywhere in the world, the cartographers of make the updates and post the maps on Maps101, ensuring that our subscribers have access to the most up-to-date maps available. All of the maps are reviewed at least every two years by our editorial staff, even if no changes have occurred.
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I. Some Interactive Maps and Games are not working?

It could be that you need to download or update your Flash Player, click the link below for the latest version.
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J. I can't use the 3D option in some Bing Explorer maps.

To show Bing's 3D images of cities and landmarks (available when you see the 3D option in the top left of the map), you will need to have Microsoft Silverlight installed. Silverlight is a browser plugin, similar to Flash, and can be downloaded as part of standard windows updates. Where required, a link will be provided to download Silverlight, however to perform the update manually, or to find out more, click here —
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K. How do I enable cookies?

Maps101 uses cookies to determine whether you are logged in. Adjust your browser settings so that cookies are turned ON, and make sure your browser accepts cookies.

To Turn Cookies On:
Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 or later

1. Go to Tools on top of browser
2. Choose Internet Options
3. Go to Privacy tab and click on "Default"
4. Press OK
5. Return to

Mac OS X with Safari

1. Go to Safari in Menu Bar
2. Choose Preferences
3. Click on Security on top of window and choose either:

* Accept Cookies Always or
* Accept Cookies only from sites you navigate to

4. Close the Window
5. Return to

Mozilla Firefox

1. Go to Tools
2. Choose Options
3. Go to the Privacy tab and check the box next to "Accept cookies from sites"
4. Press OK
5. Return to
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