Saturday, February 21, 2015

Tell me a story: a map story

Image above: The very useful ESRI Story maps site.

Related links to Spatialworlds
GeogSplace (a teaching blog for Year 12 geography)
Spatialworlds website

Australian Geography Teachers' Association website

Where am I??

Adelaide, Australia: S: 34º 55' E: 138º 36'

Story telling through maps: Esri's Story Maps

"Map-based storytelling is fun, compelling, and helps us all better understand our world."

Several previous Spatialworlds postings have played with the idea of story in geography; geogstory in geography teaching and learning. 

This posting showcases the fantastic Esri Story Map initiative and the availability of hundreds of story maps that may be of use to the teaching of any aspect of the geography curriculum. The story maps produced are not only spatially interesting but also full of valuable information. You may even like to get your students make their own story map - details of how to do it are on the Esri Story Map page.

Story maps use geography as a means of organizing and presenting information. They tell the story of a place, event, issue, trend, or pattern in a geographic context. They combine interactive maps with other rich content—text, photos, video, and audio—within user experiences that are basic and intuitive.

For the most part, story maps are designed for general, non-technical audiences. However such maps can also summarise issues for business and decision makers. In general story maps use  the tool of GIS to present the results of spatial analysis that does not require their users to have any special knowledge or skills in GIS.

Story maps use interactive web maps created with ArcGIS Online, Esri's cloud-based mapping and GIS system. ArcGIS web maps let you combine your own data, including spreadsheets and GIS data, with authoritative content and thematic maps from Esri and the GIS community, on top of Esri basemaps. The web maps support visualization, queries, analytics, and pop-ups for map features with rich content including photos and graphs.

People who are creating story maps to tell their geographic stories include GIS professionals, planners, communications specialists, knowledge workers, journalists, activists, web designers, bloggers, educators, students, amateur geographers and hopefully school students!

The Story Map Gallery is an excellent resource for students to explore and see the power of maps to tell a geographical and/or historical story. Some fascinating and informative maps!

The Titanic Story map is especially fascinating for those with an historical bent.

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