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Research Mapping with Google Maps Engine


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Presentation for Encouraging Innovation and Technology: HHLib 9 Online Conference. Feb 27, 2014. Margot Hanson & Michele Van Hoeck, California State University Maritime

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Research Mapping with Google Maps Engine

  1. 1. 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
  2. 2. Incident Map Assignment
  3. 3. Poll: Your perspective on annotated bibliographies as a learning tool? • They’re useful for teaching information literacy concepts • They have some value for certain students • I find them tedious and ineffective
  4. 4. Freshman view...
  5. 5. Enter the Annotated Map
  6. 6. Inspiration from...
  7. 7. Inspiration from...
  8. 8. Poll: Have you used mapping apps in class? • • • • • I haven’t used mapping tools at all I plan to in the future I’ve tried a tool such as Google Maps or ZeeMaps I’ve incorporated mapping into my teaching repertoire I am ArcGIS certified
  9. 9. Learning Outcomes 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 information. 2. Synthesis and Mapping: Students will create an annotated map in order to synthesize and organize information spatially.
  10. 10. News Research Competencies • • • Identify types of news articles: daily news, investigative news, opinion pieces, press releases Evaluate search results for significance & relevance Use filter tools of LexisNexis and CountryWatch
  11. 11. 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 descriptions. 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.
  12. 12. Grading Checklist ___ Are incidents significant and all related to topic? ___ Are incidents located accurately on map? ___ Are incidents described clearly and concisely? ___ Are sources reliable and cited correctly?
  13. 13. Handout online:
  14. 14. Examples of Student Work
  15. 15. Let’s go for a test drive
  16. 16. Poll: If you’ve used mapping in a class, what have you tried? Please share... Free text response
  17. 17. 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 changing
  18. 18. 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
  19. 19. Thank you! Questions? Globe image from Flickr user ToastyKen