Overview & Objectives:

  • Digital maps allow easy ways to present large amounts of data and reduce complexity.
  •  Digital maps, in contrast to paper maps, can be combined with all kinds of data. Even in real time.
  • Nowadays, everybody can access huge data from the public domain and combine these with maps.
  • Citizen maps are created through voluntarily worldwide effort and participation, are freely available and offer new ways for transparency.
  •  Google Maps is a perfect tool to use, for example, in  studying immigration. Students can trace their families’ journey to the USA, and within the USA, adding multimedia information about the locations and people.

Using digital mapping in the classroom triggers:

  1. Recognition: Oh, that’s the place we are talking about!
  2. A feeling of connection: It’s around the corner!
  3. Connecting the dots (topics) on complex issues.
  4. Engagement.