Engaging Students with Interactive Web-Based Mapping


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Presented at GIS Educators Day NEArc 2011 on November 13, 2011 by Curtis Denton and Michael Howser

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Engaging Students with Interactive Web-Based Mapping

  1. 1. Engaging Students withInteractive, Web-based Mapping Curtis Denton and Michael Howser University of Connecticut Jack Dougherty Trinity College MAGIC – magic.lib.uconn.edu
  2. 2. Outline•  Why Interactive mapping?•  Engaging students with spatial concepts•  On the Line: Examples of interactive maps for student engagement•  Tools and resources for creating interactive maps for the classroom MAGIC – magic.lib.uconn.edu
  3. 3. While this looks fun…It’s  only  engaging  to  a  select  few.     MAGIC – magic.lib.uconn.edu
  4. 4. Better….but  s4ll  capturing  that  same  crowd.   MAGIC – magic.lib.uconn.edu
  5. 5. Is this more engaging?1934   2008   MAGIC – magic.lib.uconn.edu
  6. 6. Interactive is essential•  Print maps are great… but do not capture the attention spans of today’s students•  Examine curriculum topics from –  Spatial perspective –  Temporal perspective•  Integrate data from multiple sources •  Ex. Fault lines, earthquakes, and population data•  Interactive ≠ expensive or difficult MAGIC – magic.lib.uconn.edu
  7. 7. Spatial and Temporal ContextWhat  do  the  following  items  have  in  common?   June  1   MAGIC – magic.lib.uconn.edu
  8. 8. Does this help? MAGIC – magic.lib.uconn.edu
  9. 9. Static to Dynamic! MAGIC – magic.lib.uconn.edu
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  12. 12. Infusion of Interactive in the Classroom•  Don’t teach the technology, teach with the technology•  Contextualization –  Spatial –  Temporal•  Relate to local/familiar areas MAGIC – magic.lib.uconn.edu
  13. 13. On the LineA collaborative approach to interactive maps MAGIC – magic.lib.uconn.edu
  14. 14. What is On the Line? MAGIC – magic.lib.uconn.edu
  15. 15. Tools used to create interactive maps for On the LineResources Used Requirements•  Google Maps API •  Interactive tools must•  Google Fusion Tables be platform apple,•  ArcGIS.com windows, and mobile friendly•  HistoryPin •  No special plug-ins •  Free MAGIC – magic.lib.uconn.edu
  16. 16. Google Maps API•  Search address tool•  Pan•  Zoom•  Switch between layers•  Linked views•  Linked zooms•  Linked documents•  Time sliders MAGIC – magic.lib.uconn.edu
  17. 17. Making Maps with Google Maps MAGIC – magic.lib.uconn.edu
  18. 18. Google MapsMAGIC – magic.lib.uconn.edu
  19. 19. What is Google Maps?•  Address searchable•  Point-to-point addressing•  Research public transits options and yellow pages listings MAGIC – magic.lib.uconn.edu
  20. 20. Things you can do!•  Explore locations•  Compare•  Create maps! MAGIC – magic.lib.uconn.edu
  21. 21. Making your own maps!•  MyMaps –  Placemarks (points) –  Lines –  Shape (polygons) –  embed photos & videos –  Import KML’s•  Share•  Collaborate MAGIC – magic.lib.uconn.edu
  22. 22. Exploring the World with Google Earth MAGIC – magic.lib.uconn.edu
  23. 23. Google EarthMAGIC – magic.lib.uconn.edu
  24. 24. What is Google Earth?•  Travel the world•  Satellite imagery•  Maps•  Terrain•  3D buildings•  Embed pictures and videos•  Create tours•  Access to diverse geographic data MAGIC – magic.lib.uconn.edu
  25. 25. Import data•  Overlay imagery (BMP, DDS, GIF, JPG, PGM, PNG, PPM, TGA, TIFF)•  KML (Keyhole Markup Language) data•  Import GPS data•  Embed photos and videos MAGIC – magic.lib.uconn.edu
  26. 26. Explore the urban landscape MAGIC – magic.lib.uconn.edu
  27. 27. Explore the environment MAGIC – magic.lib.uconn.edu
  28. 28. Access existing content MAGIC – magic.lib.uconn.edu
  29. 29. Explore the past MAGIC – magic.lib.uconn.edu
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  31. 31. Google Fusion TablesWhat is it, and how can it be used in the classroom? MAGIC – magic.lib.uconn.edu
  32. 32. What is Google Fusion Tables?•  Web based interface for uploading, managing, and visualizing large datasets•  Builds upon Google Docs and Google Maps•  Includes API to develop custom interfaces•  Enables sharing of large datasets MAGIC – magic.lib.uconn.edu
  33. 33. Accessing Google Fusion Tables hAp://www.google.com/fusiontables   MAGIC – magic.lib.uconn.edu
  34. 34. Importing Data•  Data formats supported include: –  Spreadsheets (.csv, .tsv, or .txt) –  Microsoft Excel –  Google Docs Spreadsheets –  KML Files (not KMZ) MAGIC – magic.lib.uconn.edu
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  36. 36. Google Fusion Example: 2010 Census in Texas MAGIC – magic.lib.uconn.edu
  37. 37. Google Fusion Example:Poverty by School District MAGIC – magic.lib.uconn.edu
  38. 38. Making Maps Online with ArcGIS.com MAGIC – magic.lib.uconn.edu
  39. 39. What is ArcGIS.com?•  Web-based map creation interface•  Enables collaborative map creation•  Users can contribute data to share via ArcGIS.com•  Free! MAGIC – magic.lib.uconn.edu
  40. 40. Importing Data•  Data formats supported include: –  Spreadsheets (.csv, .txt) –  Shapefiles (.zip) – WGS84 projection –  GPS files (GPX) La8tude  field   Longitude  field   la8tude   longitude   lat   long   y   x   ycenter   xcenter   point-­‐y   point-­‐x   MAGIC – magic.lib.uconn.edu
  41. 41. Adding Data from the Web•  Data can be imported from the following: –  ArcGIS Server Web Service –  OGC Web Service (WMS) –  KML file (Google Earth) MAGIC – magic.lib.uconn.edu
  42. 42. ArcGIS Example from GalleryArcGIS.com   MAGIC – magic.lib.uconn.edu
  43. 43. Special Thanks!•  Jack Dougherty, Katie Campbell, and Jean-Pierre Haeberly (Trinity College)•  National Endowment for the Humanities•  Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection•  Office of Policy and Management•  University of Connecticut: Department of Geography, Libraries, Libraries IT Services, MAGIC, CLEAR, Department of Natural Resources•  Connecticut Geographic Alliance•  U.S. Census Bureau, Boston Regional Office MAGIC – magic.lib.uconn.edu
  44. 44. Explore moreExplore, contribute, comment at: http://ontheline.trincoll.edu MAGIC – magic.lib.uconn.edu
  45. 45. Questions?Map and Geographic Information Center – MAGIC &Connecticut State Data Centerat the University of Connecticut Libraries369 Fairfield WayPhone: 860-486-4589E-mail: magic@uconn.edu or ctsdc@uconn.edu MAGIC – magic.lib.uconn.edu