Globetrotting and Trendspotting:
Research Mapping with Google Maps Engine
Encouraging Innovation and Technology: HHLib 9 Online Conference
Feb 27, 2014
Margot Hanson & Michele Van Hoeck
California State University Maritime
Poll: Your perspective on annotated
bibliographies as a learning tool?
They’re useful for teaching information
They have some value for certain students
I find them tedious and ineffective
Poll: Have you used mapping apps in
I haven’t used mapping tools at all
I plan to in the future
I’ve tried a tool such as Google Maps or
I’ve incorporated mapping into my teaching
I am ArcGIS certified
1. News Research:
Students will locate relevant news stories on a
current issue in their major in order to select the
most significant and reliable sources of
2. Synthesis and Mapping:
Students will create an annotated map in order
to synthesize and organize information
News Research Competencies
Identify types of news articles: daily news,
investigative news, opinion pieces, press
Evaluate search results for significance &
Use filter tools of LexisNexis and
Incident Map Assignment
Identify a topic you would like to illustrate with a map.
Identify four significant events related to your topic. These events should
have occurred in different places within one country or region of the world.
For many topics, Lexis/Nexis or CountryWatch will help with this.
Create a map using Google Maps and mark the location of your four events
using pushpins. Annotate each pushpin with date and brief summary (2
sentences) of each event in the description.
Create APA citations for your sources and add them to their relevant
Change the settings in your map to share with anyone who has the link
(otherwise I won’t be able to see it), and email a link to your Google map.
___ Are incidents significant and all related to
___ Are incidents located accurately on map?
___ Are incidents described clearly and
___ Are sources reliable and cited correctly?
Let’s go for a test drive
Poll: If you’ve used mapping in a class,
what have you tried? Please share...
Free text response
Assessing this assignment
Students had trouble limiting topic to one
region of world
Annotations too brief
Selected articles not always well-focused
Google maps platform not intuitive, always
Assignment revisions to try:
Teach “who what when where how why”
checklist for annotations
Introduce hypothetical audience for map
Check-in and vet topics earlier or more
explicitly in class
Emphasize value of regional focus
Globe image from Flickr user ToastyKen