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Engaging Students with Interactive Web-Based Mapping

  1. 1. Engaging Students with Interactive, 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 Context What  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 Line A 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 Line Resources 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 Maps MAGIC – 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 Earth MAGIC – 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 Tables What 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 Gallery ArcGIS.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 more Explore, contribute, comment at: http://ontheline.trincoll.edu MAGIC – magic.lib.uconn.edu
  45. 45. Questions? Map and Geographic Information Center – MAGIC & Connecticut State Data Center at the University of Connecticut Libraries 369 Fairfield Way Phone: 860-486-4589 E-mail: magic@uconn.edu or ctsdc@uconn.edu MAGIC – magic.lib.uconn.edu

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