Showing posts with label Story Map. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Story Map. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

5 Ways to Tell Stories With Maps

Maps can be great tools for supporting nonfiction and fiction stories. Being able to see the greater context of a location can go a long way toward helping students see the complete overview of a story. This can be helpful for learning about historical events, for supporting biographies, or for seeing the settings of fiction stories. Those are just a few of the types of stories that can be told with maps.

Yesterday, I featured a video about making map-based stories with StoryMap JS. That video is included at the end of this post. Here are four other ways that students can create map-based stories.

Google Earth - Desktop Version
The desktop version of Google Earth provides one of the classic ways to create a map-based, multimedia story. Students can add pictures, text, and videos to the placemarkers in their Google Earth tours. And students can use the built-in recording tools to make tours that viewers can watch on their own. Here's a short overview of how to make a Google Earth tour. Check out Google Lit Trips for ideas on using Google Earth for literature lessons.



VR Tour Creator
Google's VR Tour Creator lets anyone make a virtual reality tour that can be played back in your web browser and or in the Google Expeditions app. Don't limit use of VR Tour Creator to geography lessons. You can have students use it to make virtual reality book tours. Here's an introduction to using VR Tour Creator.


ESRI Story Maps
ESRI Story Maps is a tool that you can use to create a variety of map-based stories. The basic ESRI Story Map lets you combine pictures and locations to playback as a series of slides. Here's a good example of an ESRI Story Map.

Google My Maps
My Maps is a free Google service for creating interactive maps that are similar in style to Google Maps. My Maps lets you add placemarkers that contain pictures and videos. Here's a set of videos detailing every part of using Google's My Maps.

Storymap JS
As I wrote yesterday, Storymap JS has you match slides to locations to tell a story. Here's an overview of how it works.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Peaks and Valleys - An Interactive Story Map

Peaks and Valleys is an interactive story map produced on the ESRI platform. As you scroll through the story map the highest peaks and lowest valleys on each continent are revealed in 3D renderings. As you scroll through the 3D imagery a sidebar pops-up. That sidebar contains a photograph of the peak or valley and a fact or two about the peak or valley you're seeing. You can zoom and pan on the 3D imagery to see the peaks and valleys in greater detail.

Applications for Education
Peaks and Valleys could be a handy resource for an introductory lesson on mountain and valley formation. It's also a model that students might follow as they attempt to create their own story maps. To bring the focus closer to home, have students create story maps about the peaks and valleys in their state or province. Storymap JS is one of many good tools that students can use to create story maps.

H/T to Maps Mania for the Peaks and Valleys link. 

Friday, August 10, 2012

Story Map - An Interactive Story Planner

Story Map is a free interactive story planning tool from Read Write Think. Story Maps provides four templates for outlining stories. To use the templates students title their stories then choose one of four templates to outline their stories. The four template choices are conflict, setting, character, and resolution. Students can print their completed templates.

Applications for Education
Story Map could help students get their stories organized before moving onto doing the actual writing of their creative stories. Read Write Think has many suggested lesson plans based on Story Map. There are suggested lesson plans for all grade levels.

H/T to Ana Cristina Pratas