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  • 1. Google Maps & Mapping Mashups
  • 2. According to wikipedia, A mashup, in web development, is a web page, or web application, that uses content from more than one source to create a single new service displayed in a single graphical interface. In other words, you mash two different things
  • 3. Mashing together a web application or web page with Google Maps makes for some very cool applications!
  • 4. helps you visualize Instagram on a map. You can see where your friends are posting pictures, visualize anyone’s Instagram photos on a map or search for real-time photos posted at any location.
  • 5. Local searches are made easy with this mashup. Mashspots makes it easy to find places around any location without having to know the address of the location you are searching around, just click on any location on the map to get the 4 closest places of interest.
  • 6. There are plenty of pothole maps mashups around, but Pothole Season is a cut above most of them because it not only tells you where the potholes are, but also provides driving directions for avoiding them. You can also use Pothole Season to report the location of unmapped potholes, and you can take it on the road in the form of a dedicated iPhone app.
  • 7. Where does a mapmash fit in with education?
  • 8. Studying Earth Science? Earthquakes in the Last Week uses Google Maps with data provided by the U.S. Geological Survey to show earthquakes of magnitude 2.5 or greater in the past seven days. Suggested activities: Study patterns, then correlate them with plate tectonics and faults. Click the map markers for further information regarding the specific quake.
  • 9. The possibilities are endless with mashups like A short introduction to historypin! Use it as a means to explore time periods that accompany literary units or use History Pin as a means for students to begin constructing their own narratives or college essays.
  • 10. The group presentation on Google Maps and Mapping Mashups focused on the following four applications: 1. Geocaching 2. Antenna Search 3. GPS Fitness 4.
  • 11. GEOCACHING GEOCACHING IS A REAL-WORLD, OUTDOOR TREASURE HUNTING GAME USING GPS-ENABLED DEVICES. PARTICIPANTS NAVIGATE TO A SPECIFIC SET OF GPS COORDINATES AND THEN ATTEMPT TO FIND THE GEOCACHE (CONTAINER) HIDDEN AT THAT LOCATION. CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO! Melissa Jacobs ETPT 7550 2/2014
  • 12. My family and I LOVE all of the Indiana Jones movies, as well as the movie National Treasure. Geocaching allows us the chance to find secret treasure; a chance to experience adventure. These are pictures from one of our favorite Geocaching adventures last spring. We visited the historic Oakwood Cemetery in Melissa Jacobs ETPT 7550 2/2014 Adrian, Michigan. When you visit the
  • 13. We didn’t find the Arc of the Covenant or the Book of Secrets, b ut we did find this cache! So, why IS geocaching a mashup? Geocaching allows for treasure maps to be layered onto real-time maps. People use GPS to guide them to the treasure. On your hand-held device, you become a mobile icon, moving toward the treasure. What’s the point of geocaching? It’s FUN! After you find the cache, you sign the log book with your username and log conditions of the cache. Melissa Jacobs ETPT 7550 Some may question if FUN can be useful. Absolutely. When something is fun, it is retained. Geocaching allows the cacher to gain an understanding of how GPS technology works. If someone wants to become more knowledgeable about the geography and history of landmarks in their town—or anywhere, for that matter— geocaching is a way to experience both. 2/2014
  • 14. Aside from being FUN and useful, geocaches have advantages for teaching and learning. Geocaching requires students to be physically active. This technology differs from those that most students enjoy while in front of their computer screens. Not only must students walk, but sometimes hiking and climbing are involved. Teachers can choose a cache based on the difficulty of the terrain. Geocaching also requires students to be productively social. Some caches are extremely difficult to find, requiring collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity. Students feel a sense of overwhelming accomplishment with peers when a challenging cache is found. A sense of belonging is an added bonus to the experience. Melissa Jacobs ETPT 7550 2/2014
  • 15. GEOCACHING IN MATH CLASS Finding the coordinates of a cache at the top of a small hill is a great way to integrate geocaching with slope. Require students to find the slope of the hill the cache was on, followed by sketching the graph and writing the equation. Create a multi-cache (like the Oakwood Cemetery cache on the second slide of this section) and require students to do different math problems to come up with the correct numbers for the next location. Check out this short video for inspiration and start caching with YOUR class! Melissa Jacobs ETPT 7550 2/2014
  • 16. AntennaSearch.com A mashup of Google maps and the location of towers and antennas!
  • 17. What is AntennaSearch.com? Cell Phone Towers around the University of Toledo!  Antenna Search places 1,909,615 cell towers and antennas onto Google maps to determine cell reception in an area. When you enter a specific address, the application creates a map that shows existing towers, future towers, and antennas.
  • 18. Why would YOU need to know where towers or antennas are located?  This is a tool that the average person can use to determine whether your cell phone carrier has good or poor coverage in a given area.  It is also important to know the locations of cell phone towers because of the radiation levels that are emitted from them. Most scientists agree that cell phone antennas or towers are unlikely to cause cancer, however, very few human studies have focused specifically on cellular phone towers and cancer risk. Does cell phone radiation cause cancer?
  • 19. Benefits to Teaching & Learning  Using AntennaSearch.com will engage students in a meaningful learning activity that is of high relevance to teenagers. What teenager would be happy if they were unable to get connection in a certain area?  Also, using this application will always provide them with the most up to date information regarding the placement of cell phone towers and antennas. Textbooks cannot provide this unless they are continually purchased and updated.
  • 20. Using AntennaSearch.com in the classroom  Cell towers can determine how strong a signal is to a specific phone and the general direction the phone is from the tower. In geometry or precalculus class, students can use this idea with the Law of Sines and the Law of Cosines problems to determine the location of a person making a phone call in a specific area.  Another project involves students learning about the concept of area and its relationship to linear measurement. A real-life problem could be to determine where to place as few towers as possible, without overlapping service. Students would learn about constructing circles from their centers and radii.
  • 21. Using AntennaSearch.com in the classroom   There are numerous science fair projects that can be developed from using cell phone towers and antennas. Students could determine electromagnetic radiation emitted by different cellphones in different settings at different distances away from the cellphone as a potential safety measure. Another angle that your cell phone science fair projects can have is a medical angle. A student can research if cell phone radiation does affect our health, increases the risks of certain cancers, or compare cell phone radiation to that emitted from a microwave.
  • 22. “You pound the pavement, we provide the motivation.” http://www.mapmyrun.com/ *
  • 23. * Makes fitness social, simple, and rewarding by using a variety of devices: smartphones, iPods, Nike+ Tracker, etc. * Real-time fitness tracking on smartphone * Creation of training logs for long term progression tracking * Follow routes on interactive map while “logging time, distance, speed, pace, elevation, and calories burned” * MapmyRun Video * Source: http://www.mapmyrun.com/app/iphone/
  • 24. * Allows you to map your route, track your activity, log your food, and share your progress with friends * Allows you to map routes for activity, track how far you’ve gone, and visually see your distance, pace, and calories burned. * Allows you to share your routes with your friends * Promotes the ability to mix-up your workout by allowing for you to preview established routes via the website or mobile app for your area or any city * Sync, store, and review data on your mobile device and website * Join fitness challenges for prizes *
  • 25. * “Physical inactivity has been blamed as one of the leading causes of death in the United States” (Kamel Boulos & Yang, 2013) * GPS fitness applications increase the social aspect of working out, which helps to keep student interested in health and fitness. * These applications have built in nutrition features as well which help students to monitor and engaged in making healthy choices. * * “Research has shown that young people learn best when they are interested and engaged. Youngsters feel motivated when they are with their peers in voluntary settings, such as sports and hobbies.” (Kamel Boulos & Yang, 2013) * Mapmyrun (walk or fitness), all offer the chance for students to engage in the same activities while having fun and even forming a competition out of it. * Keep students interested and engaged in the activity of fitness, which is a continual process not a specific destination.
  • 26. * Mapmyrun (walk or fitness) can be used in a Physical Education class in a variety of ways! * Each student can set their personal goals and monitor their progress throughout the semester. This allows for them to share their data with the teacher but not everyone in the class if you’d prefer not to. * Provides quantitative ways to measure a student’s physical abilities throughout the course of the semester and long term. * Provides an opportunity for students to get outside during the school day for physical education. The teacher can share the designated route with the students and let them go out to the fresh air! *
  • 27. * Kamel Boulos, M. N., & Yang, S. P. (2013). Exergames for health and fitness: the roles of gps and geosocial apps. International Journal of Health Geographics , 12(18), Retrieved from http://www.ij-healthgeographics.com/content/12/1/18 *

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