Interactive Feature Option 3: Google Map

Interactive map mashups… have become a standard way to tell a geographic story on the web. A mashup is an application that combines data from more than one source into a single integrated tool.

Elements:
-A geographic story
-Icons, lines, shapes, etc.
-Text, photo, video, links.

Examples:
Here are a few examples of how news organizations are using Google Maps to cover events:

San Diego Fires (The San Diego Union-Tribune)

San Francisco Oil Spill (The San Francisco Chronicle)

Kansas Unsolved Homicides (The Wichita Eagle)

Also: See 5 Maps That Connect Communities and 7 Unique and innovative maps (via 10,000words.net)

Tools and Technology:
Google Maps is a free mapping service from Google
Google Map Mania – Mike Peg’s blog about Google Map Mashups

Requirements for Assignment:
-Pick a geographic story that is appropriate for your topic. Your goal is to tell a story in which location or geography is key.
-Do these 11 Google Map exercises which will take you step-by-step through everything you need to know.
-Create your own map with place markers, lines, or shapes. You have to decide how many.
-Write descriptions and reviews, embed links, and post photos or videos for your place markers, lines, or shapes where it is appropriate.
-Combine your original information with third-party content if it helps tell your story.
-Your story does not have to be linear, but it should make sense for the user where ever they begin.
-In your blog post, write a sentence or paragraph that says clearly what your map is about. Give your audience a few tips of things to look for. This short block of text should be either above or below your map in your post.
-Embed your map on your blog. You can make it an individual post or a separate page.
-All content must be created by you (ie photos, videos, etc) or Creative Commons.

Example of Student Work:
Cross Keys Development by Sean Brown
Philly Parkour Hot Spots by Gabe Arnold
Saving in Glassboro by Allison Mechanic

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