This week, we’ll incorporate location into our blogs via Google maps (see my handy tutorial for a refresher). There’s two parts to this assignment – one in-class, one out-of-class – so be alert! (the world needs more lerts…)
In-Class Assignment (5 pts)
You’re going to create a simple map, upload it as a blog post (you can delete it later if you like), and post a comment with an in-text link to the post for this assignment.
- Create a map with four locations (use the pin colors indicated) and embed in a blog post:
- Your city of birth (blue) – e.g., John L.: Birthplace
- The city where you grew up or have lived in (yellow) – e.g., Paul M.: Where I’ve Lived
- A city you’d like to work in (green) – e.g., George H.: Where I’d Like to Work
- The most interesting city you’ve visited (purple) – e.g., Ringo S.: My Favorite City
- In the class collaborative map, “Birthplaces,” you’ll map these four spots once more. Be sure to label them with your name and what they show so they are counted (I’ve added my own data to this map already as an example).
Out-of-Class Assignment (5 pts)
Using the same process, you’re going to design a more complex map to add to your blog. It should consist of at least five data points (with all relevant and appropriate details included in their pop-up windows) and will follow these steps:
- Write a post that incorporates location in some way (e.g., restaurants I like, places I’ve seen WVU b-ball players). It does not need to be hard news (yet), but it should be a full-fledged post.
- Using our Google Maps guide, create a map in Google Maps with markers for these locations.
- Embed the map in your blog post. Do NOT just post a map – it must be a component a written post.
- Post the link (with a description of what’s being mapped) to the comments of this post.
- Use an in-text link (which requires HTML) – don’t just post the URL
Due: 2 p.m., Thursday, March 1 (notice: you’ve got some extra time to plan, so do it right!)