Class 12: Explore Place with Digital Maps

Explore Place with Digital maps

“Places are locations having distinctive features that give them meaning and character that differs from other locations. Therefore, places are human creations, and people’s lives are grounded in particular places. We come from a place, we live in a place, and we preserve and exhibit fierce pride over places.” 

National Geography Standard 4: Place

Overview

In today’s class we will explore three mapping tools:  Google Tour Creator, StoryMapJS and Google MyMaps . They are easy platforms for teachers and students to create and share interactive maps that can contain additional multi-media content. 

Class Session | Zoom Video

Peter will offer a brief intro into each app and students will take an initial look at how to use each app. Students will work in teams to master the app and develop a presentation to share back with the class. We will then generate some ideas for how each app could be used in the classroom.

Assignment: There is no assignment from this class.

Google Tour Creator (a Google project) uses Google’s vast StreetView library as well as additional surround images to to build immersive, 360° tours right from your computer. It can be easily embedded in WordPress or shared via email and social media. Demo tour


StoryMapJS from Knight Labs is a free tool to help you tell stories on the web that highlight the locations of a series of events. StoryMap JS can pull in media from a variety of sources. Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, Vimeo, Vine, Dailymotion, Google Maps, Wikipedia, SoundCloud, Document Cloud and more!

Keep it short. I recommend not having more than 20 slides for a reader to click through. Pick stories that have a strong location narrative. It does not work well for stories that need to jump around in the map.

Note: it is possible to get an embed code from StoryMapJS. But it does not display well as an embed. Better to get a screenshot and turn it into a hyperlink so viewers can directly view your StoryMap

https://uploads.knightlab.com/storymapjs/5a8c590bb2ecb583d79fb8c53fd9c417/test-1/index.html

Google MyMaps is a great tool for visualizing place with a variety of content and locational tools. You can add a variety of content to a MyMap. It can be easily embedded in WordPress or shared via email. MyMaps gets saved in your Google Drive account for easy cataloging. Map below by Jessica Webber.


Resources

Ideas for using Tour Creator and a “how to” below
How to get Tour Creator embed code – Once you have published your tour. Click on “View Tour” then follow two steps below to get embed code
Once you have published your tour. Click on “View Tour” then follow two steps above to get embed code

StorymapJS

MyMap “how to’s” below

Featured Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay 

Class 12: Design, Explore and Teach with Interactive Images

Design, Explore, and Teach with Interactive Images

In today’s class we will explore interactive images with Google Tour Creator and Google MyMaps. All apps provide tools for teachers and students to create and share interactive images that can contain additional multi-media content.

Google Tour Creator (a Google project) uses Google’s vast StreetView library as well as additional surround images to to build immersive, 360° tours right from your computer.

Google MyMaps is a great tool for visualizing place or creating tours. It works well with other Google tools and can be easily embedded in WordPress or shared via email. When you open a MyMap on your smartphone you can used it as a navigational tool. MyMaps gets saved in your Google Drive account for easy cataloging.

Peter will offer a brief intro into each app and next students will be assigned to one of three teams. Each team will try out the app and test its features. Then each team will share their impressions of the app with the class.

ASSIGNMENT 10

Students will one of the apps to design a sample interactive learning activity. They will then use the app’s share feature to get embed codes. The embed code will be used with HTML snippets to create a post featuring the interactive image. The post should also include a description of how they would use these interactive images as part of a lesson. Video on how to use HTML snippets.

Ideas for using Tour Creator and a “how to” below

Ideas in a MyMaps Gallery and a “how to” below