Requirements: Google Account
- Log into Google (with a non-Hawkmail account)
- Navigate to http://maps.google.com
- Click on the icon with three horizontal bars in the left-hand side of the search bar.
- Click on “Your Places,” then “Maps.”
- Click on “Create Map” and give your map a title and a description by clicking on the words “Untitled Map” in the upper-left hand side of the screen and completing the empty fields.
- To add locations to your map, type a location in the search box, (e.g. 221B Baker Street, London), click on the resulting point, and then click “Add to Map”
- First, let’s add text
- Click on the location, then click on the icon of a pencil
- Type a title and description for the location
- Click “Save”
- Next, let’s add an image to a location
- Click on the icon of a camera.
- Do a Google image search for your location, choose a picture of the area, click on the image you want, and click “Select”
- Click “Save” to save your picture.
- Next, let’s color-coordinate the locations
- Click the paint bucket icon
- Select a color and shape from the drop down menu to determine the appearance of the location pins.
- Click “more icons” to see even more options
- Finally, let’s add lines to connect the locations
- Figure out the order you’d like the locations to have
- Click the icon that looks like several dots connected with lines and select “Add line or Shape” (or “Add Walking Route” if the characters walk between the points).
- Click on each location in order and hit enter when you’re done.
- Give the line a name and a description.
- To change the line’s appearance or color, hover over the name of the line in the left-hand box alongside the locations and click the paint-bucket icon that appears.
- Select the desired color and line width.
- Let’s share the map
- In the upper-left part of the screen, click the word “Share”
- To let others see your map, click on the word “Change” in blue
- Select “Anyone with link” to let anyone with the map link see your map
- To let other people collaborate on your map, type their email addresses into the box labeled “Invite people”
Requirements: Google Account; Chrome is recommend
- Go to https://storymap.knightlab.com
- Click “Create”
- Select “Login with your Google Account”
- Click the green button labeled “New”
- Give your map a title and click “Create”
- Type the name of your map under “HEADLINE”: this is the title of your map
- Enter a description of your map in the text field under “HEADLINE”
- Upload an image for your homepage (click on “Upload an image”) or paste a URL of an image or video into the field labeled “URL to your media.” Add credit and caption if desired
- Click “Add Slide” to add a new slide
- Repeat steps 6-8 for each location where you’ve lived
- Type the location you’d like to mark on the map into the box labeled “Search.” Feel free to use the + and – buttons to zoom in.
- Click the “Save” button occasionally to save data
- When you’ve added all your locations, click the “Options” button.
- You can change the map’s appearance with “Map type”
- If you want to preserve the level of zoom and want the map to resemble a slideshow that focuses on individual points, switch from “Cartography” to “Image” under “Treat As”
- If you’re interested in the relationship between the points and care less about the level of zoom, leave it on “Cartography.”
- To share the map, click on the “Share” button. Copy and paste the link under “link” to send in an email. To embed the map in a website, scroll down and save the “embed” code to paste in your website’s HTML editor.
- You’re done!
Sample Student Maps:
The Romance of a Shop Map: http://tinyurl.com/romanceofashop
The Walking Dead Map: http://walkingdeadgis.weebly.com/
Nirvana Map: Obscurity to Domination: http://nirvanatour.tumblr.com/
Map of Holmes story “The Twisted Lip”: http://tinyurl.com/twistedlipmap
Map of Holmes story “A Scandal in Bohemia”: http://tinyurl.com/scandalbohemiamap
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