Tuesday, May 2, 2023

48 Digital Mapping Tutorials

Even though I write a lot about Google Earth and Google Maps, there is more to digital mapping than just using those tools. In fact, there are some great digital mapping tools not made by Google that students can use to create things like historic map overlays, map and timeline combinations, and map-based stories. 

In this Digital Mapping playlist you'll find 48 tutorial videos that I've made covering more than just Google Maps and Earth. In the playlist you'll find tutorials on things like NatGeo Mapmaker, Felt Maps, USGS map tools, making animated maps, and much more. Some highlights from the playlist are embedded below.  

Create Custom Maps With the National Geographic Map Maker

How to Create a Multimedia Map With Scribble Maps - No Email Required!

Two Ways to Create Multimedia Maps in Padlet

How to Overlay Historic Maps onto Google Earth Imagery

How to Create Coloring Maps of Neighborhoods, Cities, States, and Provinces

DOGOnews and Free Comic Book Day

DOGOnews is a student news site offers features articles for K-8 students. DOGOnews covers current events stories in the areas of science, sports, entertainment, and variety of topics that fall under the banner of social studies. Teachers can find stories by browsing the categories, filtering by grade level, or filtering by grade level. 

This morning when I was looking at DOGONews I noticed an article about Free Comic Book Day. Free Comic Book Day is coming up May 6th. This is an annual event that more than 2,300 retailers participate in to give away comic books. Learn more about it in the DOGOnews article.

More About DOGONews

All articles on DOGOnews are accompanied by a list of vocabulary words, standards alignment, a read-aloud option, and two reading level options. 

You can share DOGOnews articles with your students in a few different ways. You can create an DOGOnews classroom account. In your classroom account you can post articles with notes and questions attached to them. 

DOGONews has a simple "share to Microsoft Teams" next to every article. 

DOGOnews also has a Google Classroom integration. The following video demonstrates the Google Classroom integration.

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