Showing posts with label Literature Maps. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Literature Maps. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Novels on Location and an Ocean of Books

On Monday I featured three ways to explore the news through maps. I like the idea of using maps to give students some geographic context for the stories that they read. That idea isn't limited to news stories. That's why I've long enjoyed the site Novels on Location.

Novels on Location helps readers find novels according to the story's geographical setting. When you visit Novels on Location you can find novels by clicking on the placemarks that you see or by using the location search bar in the upper, right corner of the site. If you want to contribute to Novels on Location you can do so very quickly by simply entering a location then entering the title and author of your favorite book set in that location.

An Ocean of Books is a Google Arts & Culture experimental site. An Ocean of Books is a concept map of authors and their books. The purpose of An Ocean of Books is to represent authors' footprints on the web and their relationships, via the web, to other authors. The size of an author's presence on the web is displayed as an island on An Ocean of Books. The authors' presences on the web isn't a reflection of social media rather it's a reflection of frequency of search and content published about them and their works.

Applications for Education
Novels on Location and An Ocean of Books could both help students discover new books to read. Novels on Location can help them find books based on location while An Ocean of Books can help students find books based on connections between an author they like and those that might be similar.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

LitMap - Find Books by Location

The LitMap Project is a free community-powered site for locating books according to their geographic settings. Visit the homepage and click on the map to find books about any of the pinned locations on the map. Click on the book covers in the pinmarks to find the books on Amazon. Registered LitMap users can add their favorite books to the map.

Applications for Education
The LitMap Project could be helpful to students who are looking for new books to read. You and your students could create your literature maps by collaborating on a Google Map.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Maps of Middle Earth on Google Maps

Credit: Julian Nitzsche
Earlier this week I was asked if I knew of any Google Maps that displayed Middle Earth (the setting in much of Tolkien's work). I didn't have any resources in mind so I did a quick Google search for "middle earth google maps" and came up with a Google Maps Mania post about the topic.

On Google Maps Mania I found four examples of the Google Maps API being used to create maps of Middle Earth. Of the four I liked this MapLibs map the best. The map has fifteen placemarks to which you can quickly navigate through the listing in the right hand column on the screen. I do wish that the placemarks included some information about the stories.

Applications for Education
The four maps of Middle Earth that I mentioned above lack placemarks that reveal information about Tolkien's stories. While you cannot easily overlay images on Google Maps, you can overlay them in Google Earth. You could have your students create or find maps of Middle Earth and overlay them in Google Earth then add placemarks to create a Google Earth tour of Middle Earth.