ThingLink Teacher Challenge: Create an Interactive Map

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Week 4:  Create an Interactive Map

Objective

In this activity you will

  1. Create a map.

  2. Adjust the Image Size of your map image before uploading it to ThingLink, if needed.
  3. Add your map to ThingLink.

  4. Add Rich Media Tags to your  map.

  5. Share and submit interactive to the ThingLink Challenge.

Overview

In this activity you will create an interactive map image for use as a content launcher in the classroom.  Use the channel to guide you through the process. Consider using the activity with students during the school year and think of ways students can create interactive maps to demonstrate learning acquired through research.

Rationale

Using interactive maps in the classroom encourages exploration, invites curiosity and promotes spatial thinking. Interactive maps can be used to provide students with background knowledge to launch a unit, or they can be used as a starting point for digging deeper into any concept through research. Interactive maps can be used to explore a wide variety of topics in traditional ways, or they can be used creatively to help students visualize just about anything.

Example

Channel of Directions

Explore this interactive channel of resources to guide you through the process as you Create an Interactive Map

Note: Create this activity in your regular teacher account. There is no need to create it in your ThingLink Challenge Classroom this time.

Showcase of Examples

Explore this Padlet  board of interactive map  images created by participants and watch it grow! To get the best viewing experience view the full sized board on Padlet.

 

Classroom Connections and Modifications

  • Create a map of famous composers with tags containing audio clip samples of their music.

  • Create a map of famous artists with tags to samples of their work

  • Create a map of the Grand Canyon and ask students to determine the best place to cross it

  • Design a research project that requires students to create their own map, tagged with information presented through multimedia.

Additional Help and Support

ThingLink Teacher Challenge at a Glance

Next Week’s Challenge

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Susan Oxnevad
Susan Oxnevad is the Director of Education at ThingLink. She strives to build a powerful network of educators who share a passion for using ThingLink to transform teaching and learning. In addition, she also hosts ThingLink webinars for educators and blogs about thoughtful ways to leverage the power of technology for teaching and learning on the ThingLink Blog for Education. Follow her on Twitter @soxnevad
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