Here’s a great FREE tool for folks who love maps and use them in their teaching: Animaps! http://www.animaps.com/#!home. Thanks to Shawn Kimball, integration technology specialist at Hamden Academy (Maine), for posting the link on Facebook! The description on the website reads, “Animaps extends the My Maps feature of Google Maps by letting you create maps with markers that move, images and text that pop up on cue, and lines and shapes that change over time.”
There’s a tutorial and examples also on the site.
I can imagine all sorts of uses:
- A way for students to demonstrate they understand the 5 themes of geography
- Learning centers for differentiating a history lesson
- Tracking a world-wide pandemic or possible one in science or health
- Help students follow complex setting changes in novels
- Following the primary season in class
- Comparing migration patterns
This mapping tool is sure to engage students!