Episode 12: #EdPins

Google Maps can be used in surprisingly creative ways. An excellent example is #EdPins, an initiative with the motto Putting learning on the map. In this episode we have an interview with Dale Plotzki, the man behind #EdPins – and more.

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Jan Van Haver 0:06
Hello and welcome to episode 12 of the LetsGuide Podcast, the ultimate podcast for Google Local Guides. Today we’re trying out something new. It’s not an episode where I am talking for 15 or 20 minutes about one specific topic related to Google Maps, but we’re having an interview. Yes, indeed, I have a guest on the show today. I hope it will be interesting for all of you, but especially the people who have a link to education might be in for a nice surprise with this interview.

Jan Van Haver 0:41
Google Maps can be used in very surprisingly creative ways. An excellent example is #EdPins – that’s the topic for today. #EdPins is an initiative with the motto ‘putting learning on the map’. And in the episode today we have an interview with Dale Plotzki, the man behind #EdPins – and more, as you will find out. As usual, I want to point out, before we get started that I have no affiliation with Google or the Local Guides team. I’m just a local guide like most of you. Anything I say in the program is therefore my personal interpretation. This episode is recorded mid September 2019, and is therefore describing the situation as it is today – might have changed if you’re listening at a later date. And before we go to the interview, I want to point out also that it was the first time I did something like this, and I have noticed only afterwards that I still need to work on my recording skills, especially when it comes to getting the sound volume right. And it seems there was also a small delay on the line, on the connection, so I know what to work on for the next interview episode. Continue reading “Episode 12: #EdPins”

Episode 11: Map Markers

A crucial data point for each place on Google Maps is the Map Marker (or pin), the exact point where the place is located on the map. Why is that so important? What is the optimal spot to put the pins? And how can local guides help to correct errors on the current map?

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Jan Van Haver 0:05
Hello, and welcome to yet another episode of the LetsGuide Podcast, the ultimate podcast for Google Local Guides. I received quite some nice feedback about the previous episode, the one about getting to level 5 in a day. So that’s always really nice to get, of course, this kind of feedback. If you haven’t heard it yet, that episode number 10, you should perhaps go back and listen to it right now because people seem to have liked that a lot. So I hope you will also like it, if you haven’t heard it yet.

Jan Van Haver 0:40
The summer break is over. We’re back on track now with episode 11, the episode about map markers. A crucial data point for each place on Google Maps is the map marker or so called pin, the exact point where the place is located on the map. Why is that so important? What is the optimal spot to put the pins? And how can local guides help to correct errors on the current map? All that we will find out in this episode. Continue reading “Episode 11: Map Markers”

Episode 10: Level 5 in a Day

To reach Level 5 as Local Guide, you need to “score” 500 points. That sounds like a lot, but it is actually perfectly possible to do that in a single day – without violating any of the rules and, most importantly, by making genuine and meaningful contributions.

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Jan Van Haver 0:05
Hello, and welcome to the LetsGuide Podcast, the ultimate podcast for Google Local Guides. You’re listening to episode number 10, which is a bit of a milestone for me because, well, with 10 episodes we go into the double digits with respects to the number of episodes. And that’s a bit of an achievement, of course, because you might have noticed in your podcasting app that by far not all podcasts reach 10 episodes after starting out. Not sure if I will ever reach 100, because you have to realize this is just a hobby for me; so I want to point out also that I have no official affiliation to Google or the local guides team, I’m just a local guide like most of you and everything I say here is just my personal interpretation. This episode is recorded at the end of July 2019 and is therefore of course describing the situation as it is today. That might have changed if you’re listening to this episode at a later point in time.

Jan Van Haver 1:10
The episode today is called ‘Level 5 in a day’ – that sounded like a nice topic for this 10th episode. To reach level 5 as a local guide, you need to ‘score’ so to speak 500 points – we’ve talked about that and discussed at length in the first episode, about the basics. That sounds like a lot, but it’s actually possible to do that within a single day, without violating any of the rules and most importantly: by making genuine and meaningful contributions. Continue reading “Episode 10: Level 5 in a Day”