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
Mashing together a web
application or web page with
Google Maps makes for
some very cool applications!
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
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
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.
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.
The possibilities are endless with
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.
The group presentation on Google Maps and
Mapping Mashups focused on the following four
2. Antenna Search
3. GPS Fitness
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!
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
Adrian, Michigan. When you visit the
Arc of the
ut we did
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
What’s the point of geocaching? It’s FUN!
sign the log
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.
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.
GEOCACHING IN MATH
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
Check out this short video for inspiration and start
caching with YOUR class!
A mashup of Google maps and the location of towers and antennas!
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
reception in an area.
When you enter a
specific address, the
application creates a
map that shows
existing towers, future
towers, and antennas.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
emitted by different
cellphones in different
settings at different
distances away from the
cellphone as a potential
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
“You pound the pavement, we provide the motivation.”
* 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
* 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
* “Physical inactivity has been
blamed as one of the leading
causes of death in the United
States” (Kamel Boulos &
* 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
* “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.
* 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
* 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