Showing posts with label Genealogy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Genealogy. Show all posts

Friday, May 4, 2012

Use Map a List for a Classroom Genealogy Project

Map a List turns Google Spreadsheet information into Google Maps placemarks. The finished product is a Google Map of the information you've selected from your Google Spreadsheets.

To create a map from your spreadsheets you need to register for a Map a List account and give it access to your Google Docs account. Map a List then walks you through each step of selecting a spreadsheet, defining the parameters for your map, and choosing placemarks. Just like in Google Maps you can customize the placemark icons that are used in your Map a List displays. Your maps can be shared publicly or privately. Your maps can be downloaded as KML files to use in Google Earth.

Applications for Education
Map a List could be a neat tool to use for a classroom genealogy project. Create a spreadsheet form into which students enter information about where their ancestors came from. Students could enter the information themselves or they could share the link to the form and ask their parents or grandparents to fill in some information Then use Map a List to show the distribution of ancestries of the students in your classroom.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Collaborative Genealogy Projects

Our Story is an online, multimedia timeline creation tool. Our Story is designed to be used as a way to collaboratively record the events in a person's life or the genealogy of a family. The timelines that users create on Our Story can include videos and images as well as standard text information. Like any good Web 2.0 product, Our Story timelines can be embedded into your blog or other website.

I've looked at Our Story in the past, but haven't shared it for a couple of reasons. In the past the default setting for the timelines was set to public and you had to change it to "just me" in order to hide it. The terms of use stipulate that users need to be 13. Recently, Our Story changed the default setting for timelines to "just me" or private setting. The terms of service still require users to be thirteen or older so while Our Story can't be used with elementary students it could be used in a high school setting.

Applications for Education
Our Story could be used as a high school lesson in genealogy. Students interview their parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles to record the significant events in their family's history. If a family member has a picture or a video record the student can include it in the timeline. Our Story is a collaborative tool so if a family member wants to get involved they can add details to the timeline.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Free Technology For Teachers: Online Family Tree

Creating family trees is a good way to introduce younger students to genealogy, history, and timelines. It's Our Tree.com is a new free program for charting your family tree. It's Our Tree.com is very easy to use. There are pop-up menus (easily disabled) that will walk you through each step of charting your family tree. It's Our Tree has a place to enter the email address of every person on your tree. It's Our Tree has a mapping feature which allows you to show where in the world your family members are living or their geographic origin. Finally, the collaborative feature of It's Our Tree means that users can involve their family members in the creation of their Family Tree.

Applications for Educators
Plotting a family tree is good way to introduce students to charting relationships (a useful skill in history courses) and creating timelines. The mapping aspect of It's Our Tree.com is a good way for students to trace their nationality(ies). The collaboration feature on It's Our Tree.com makes creating family trees a good assignments for students and parents to work together.