Mapping Tools

Signs of a good Latin teacher is one that shows materials in more than one way. The storytelling tool showed how to apply knowledge in the form of a play, or interactive story. However, the connections between the plays could be represented differently, in a more visual way. Mapping is a good tool to use to see relationships between things, but the mapping tools in this box are not concept maps, but tools to make a more interactive map. The following tools are explored: Google Maps, Time Mapper, and Kumu.

Google Maps and Time Mapper

Both of these tools are based through Google, one more directly than the other one. Time Mapper uses Google Spreadsheets as a way to easily access data and the needed information. Time Mapper is very simple and easy to use and differs from Googles Maps by the creation process. You are manually going to each place and marking your spot with Google Maps. The example is from a Greek history class from last fall, focusing on the battle at Syracuse. The example with Time Mapper was first made through a spreadsheet then submitted to the site. Using the coordinates on the spreadsheet, they were able to map out the data listed in the spreadsheet.

Kumu, the bigger concept map

Hercules Mixtus shows the differences in sources of Hercules through an inactive story. Kumu is an online source about showing relationships between different sources or objects. Using the same information from Hercules Mixtus, I have created a Kumu map to show how the three Roman Dramas relate to one another. Mapping out ideas could be another platform for students to express their understanding. Not all students are writers, and not all students like the visual connection between stories. Teaching is about adapting curriculum to fit more than one model.

Happy Mapping!