In-and-Out-of-Class Assignment(s): Mapping It Up

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, embed it in a blog post and show me it in preview (you don’t need to publish). After that, we’ll team up on a single glorious map of our Scavenger Hunting activities!

  1. Create a map with four locations (use the pin colors indicated), embed in a blog post, and preview:
    • 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
  2. In the class collaborative map, “Scavenger Hunt Fall 2013 (classic),” your team will map items 6 (scenic spot) and 7 (little-known facts) – decide which of you will map which. Be sure to label them with your team’s names and what they show so they are counted (I’ve added Martin Hall to this map already as an example). Include the image from your tweet as well (control click to Copy URL, then click the image icon in the marker to paste)

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:

  1. Write a post that incorporates location in some way (e.g., newsrooms with a social media editor). It should be a full-fledged post.
  2. Using our Google Maps guide, create a map in Google Maps with markers for these locations.
  3. Embed the map in your blog post. Do NOT just post a map – it must be a component of a a full-fledged written post.
  4. Publish!
  5. 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: 4 p.m., Thursday, October 10 (yes, this counts as one of next week’s two posts)

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13 Responses to In-and-Out-of-Class Assignment(s): Mapping It Up

  1. Here is my my blog post that incorporates the use of Google Maps.

  2. My blog post Nonprofits and The Local Government incorporates my google map. I’ve mapped five points, three nonprofits mentioned by my interview subject, the location of the Morgantown Community Development Office, and the United Way (also mentioned in the story).

  3. trentcu says:

    My map-themed blog post displaying the locations of social media’s most popular NFL franchises.

  4. A map of magazine headquarters that may never be fully complete. One could call it a “living artwork,” if you will.

  5. ryanglaspell says:

    My post discusses the resurgence of vinyl as a means of listening to music. My map is a map of the few remaining vinyl pressing plants in the country.

  6. samanthacart says:

    My Google map post is about how three people used social media to find a place to worship or broaden their religious experiences!

  7. acampb22 says:

    This post is about understanding the unemployment rate and what cities have the lowest unemployment rate.

  8. iamoore says:

    Here is my post with a map about the few movie theatre options in morgantown. my post

  9. acampb22 says:

    This post is about understanding the unemployment rate and what cities have theLINK lowest unemployment rate.

  10. ebuchman5 says:

    My blog featuring a Google map discusses different news stations and other outlets that are incorporating features on their websites that look for user-generated content.

  11. ebuchman5 says:

    My blog featuring a Google map discusses different news stations and other outlets that are incorporating features on their website that look for user-generated content.

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