I love Google My Maps to create interactive activities for students to explore with, but sometimes they can be a little tricky. Let’s run through a few troubleshooting scenarios:
1. How are you opening the PDF?
Make sure you click Download, then open the PDF with your computer’s PDF reader – NOT your browser. If it opens in a new tab in Chrome (or Safari, or Edge) it’s very likely the browser is breaking the link. Go to your downloads and open the file with your computer’s PDF program (Adobe is a really common one). Still having issues clicking the link? Make sure your PDF Reader software is up to date!
Quick note – there’s no need to open the map with TeachersPayTeachers digital tool as this resource is already digital!
2. Did you make a copy of the map and assign the copy?
If you haven’t done this yet, follow the instructions in the PDF download to make a copy of the Google Map. Many districts are starting to block Google resources that come from an owner outside of the district, so chances are your school’s network is blocking something.
Open the map, click the 3 dots in the menu, and select Make a Copy. Open your copy, set the sharing settings to View, then share that link with your students! There are picture instructions for this in your download.
3. I made a copy and they still can’t see it!
Okay, let’s get more specific. “It isn’t working” is really hard to troubleshoot so let’s see what’s happening on your screen. If you (or your students) are seeing a message like the one below, there’s a pretty quick fix, but it’s out of your (and my) hands.
That’s a setting that your school’s technology gal or guy can switch. When it says “you don’t have access to Google My Maps. Please contact your Organization Administrator for access.” it’s saying, Hey! Your school has this turned off. Tell them to turn it on!
I actually had to do it at my new school last year! All I did was walk down to their office with my phone and my laptop and showed the tech person the map pulled up on my phone (since my phone wasn’t on the network it opened there so I could show them) and explained to tech dude why I wanted access to Google My Maps through the school domain. He had it fixed in about 5 minutes! Whew! Thanks, tech dude!
4. Okay, I got the Map open, but my students still can’t see everything. What’s going on?
Does your school block YouTube? The videos linked on the map are all hosted on YouTube, as specified in the resource description. You can open up the map on your computer and “explore” together if you’d like!
YouTube isn’t blocked, but you’re seeing black squares or the images aren’t loading? Please make sure you’ve cleared your cache recently so that things load correctly.
This didn’t fix anything!
Oh no! I’m sorry to hear these didn’t resolve your problems. I’m happy to support you and work with you to get it fixed. Please do one of the following:
- If you purchased the resource on TeachersPayTeachers, they actually have a tech support team that can help you out. Use their Contact Us page to send them a message and get more support! Click here to send in a help request ticket!
- Send me an email! If you’ve already tried all the steps in here and still aren’t sure what’s going on, feel free to send me an email. Please include a screenshot or screencasted video of what you are seeing on the screen to help me help you. It’s really hard to fix things when I can’t see what’s happening, so that will help me serve you faster!
Thanks so much for supporting me by downloading one of my resources. Please know that I will do my best to help you resolve any technical issues you encounter!