New interactive teaching tools

Mar 2011
If you are teaching about the explorations of Charles Darwin and primatologist Jane Goodall, or the American Civil War, or the ancient ruins in Africa, then you might find the following link of value.


MyReadingMapped has interactive Google Maps based on books. It is designed to enable readers to see the actual locations described in a select group of autobiographies and other non-fiction, as well as mysteries, etc. Each map enables you to zoom in close on existing ruins, battle sites, buildings etc. and each location provides links to Wikipedia pages that discuss the location. It could be a great teaching tool to get kids who grew up in a interactive world to read.
Mar 2011
I thought you might be interested in MyReadingMapped's new YouTube video that shows all that interactive mapping of historic events can do:
Mar 2011
Example of how teachers are using MyReadingMapped

Here are two examples of teachers who used MyReadingMapped in the classroom.

MyReadingMapped's web site analytics picked up on a repeated pattern of 19 visitors, from Auckland, New Zealand, who all visited MyReadingMapped's Marco Polo map page at the same time, at 1 PM New Zealand time, for several days during the first week of September 2011. This happened shortly after an article appeared on the teacher related web site Chestnut ESL that provided a link to MyReadingMapped's Marco Polo map. The Marco Polo map links the online Wikipedia Henry Yale translation of the book "The Travels of Marco Polo" to the actual locations (on a by chapter basis) that students can zoom in on.

In another example of how teachers are using MyReadingMapped, I found a web site referral from teacher who was using MyReadingMapped's Lewis and Clark map to teach students about the importance of writing a daily journal. MRM's Lewis and Clark map matches up the daily locations of the expedition with the actual Lewis and Clark journals maintained on another Lewis and Clark web site. The Lewis and Clark map happens to be my most viewed map with over 3,000 visitors.
Mar 2011
Update on the New Zealand class use of MyReadingMapped's Marco Polo Interactive Map

For those interested in how effective the above MyReadingMapped example was, here are some stats from the web site's point of view:

Of the New Zealand students:

MRM's Google Analytics counted:
  • August 31, 2011, NZ teacher visits the MRM site
  • Sept. 5, 2011, 19 NZ students visit MRM at the same time, and the same number are tracked to the original Google Map
  • Sept. 6, 2011, 20 NZ students visit MRM at the same time, and the same number are tracked to the original Google Map
  • Sept. 7, 2011, 1 NZ person visit MRM
  • Sept. 8, 2011, 5 NZ students visit MRM
  • Sept. 11, 2011, 6 NZ students visit MRM

MRM's Blogger stats counted:
  • 77 NZ visits in the last 30 days, a dramatic increase
  • 86 Marco Polo Pageviews in the last 30 days, a dramatic increase
  • 45 Google NZ internet searches for MRM's Marco Polo page, a dramatic increase

Conclusion from the web site's viewpoint:
  • It appears that Sept. 5th and 6th were a two-day class assignment involving researching the Marco Polo map and its links to the book.
  • Sept. 7th could have involved some writing or class discussion on the activity of the last two days. The teacher may have demonstrated some issues on a MRM page that discusses some contradictions MRM found on Wikipedia that involve various interpretations on history by the experts in the field. (MRM's stats on this date indicate some pageviews on this page by New Zealand)
  • The stats skip two days for a weekend.
  • On the next two days, between 25% and 30% of the students return. This could be because these are the only students with a home computer, or that that these are the only students who chose to continue on with the subject or activity.

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