Collaborating to create a very cool map — part 1 of 2

This is a participatory blog entry — I promise it will result in a really cool map that you participate in creating in a few days!

Please take a minute or two to fill out this form

(go ahead, click on it!)

The form asks you for just four pieces of information:

  1. your first name
  2. a place in the world you would like to visit
  3. the coolest place you have ever traveled
  4. where you’re writing from

Okay, it also asks why you want to go to the place you indicated, as well as what’s cool about the place you consider the coolest place you have traveled.

Your answers will populate a spreadsheet, and in a few days, I will make a video that shows how easily you can import the data from that spreadsheet using a new Google tool called Maps Engine to create a living interactive map. You can even collaborate with other people to modify the map in real time.

Every time you have a group of students together in a 1:1 setting, you can break them into groups and have each group (or each individual student) do some work on a collaborative map.  Then they can keep working on the map from home, assuming they have an internet connection.

Please take a minute or two to fill out this form.

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About Steve Goldberg

I teach students at Research Triangle High School (RTHS) about US History. RTHS is a public charter school in Durham, NC, whose mission is to incubate, prove and scale innovative models of teaching and learning. The blog posts here reflect my own personal views and not those of my employer.
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