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Digital Map Tools for Place-Based Narratives

Animaps

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. When you send your Animap to friends it appears like a video - they can play, pause, slow and speed up the action!
Video Tutorial
Examples:
The Voyage of the Clove
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Animaps - Create and view beautifully informative animated maps, for free!

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. When you send your Animap to friends it appears like a video - they can play, pause, slow and speed up the action!

Google Earth

Google Earth lets you fly anywhere on Earth to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings, from galaxies in outer space to the canyons of the ocean. You can explore rich geographical content, save your toured places, and share with others.

Google Earth Tutorials
Examples:
Virtual Field Trips
Google Lit Trips

Google Earth for iPad

Fly around the planet with a swipe of your finger with Google Earth for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Explore distant lands or reacquaint yourself with your childhood home. Search for cities, places, and businesses. Browse layers including roads, borders, places, photos and more. Visit the Earth Gallery to find exciting maps such as real-time earthquakes, planes in flight, hiking trails, city tours, and more.
Integrated Google Maps Street View allows you to explore the world at street level.
Tutorial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIic0xoerT4
Examples:
Geography Challenge: http://tinyurl.com/a3kuf9c
Landforms: http://tinyurl.com/adv4rk2
Research by Laura Candler: http://goo.gl/02bWOr
Virtual Field Trips: http://goo.gl/fYi5LS

Google Map Maker

(Formerly known as Maps Engine Lite) Add to and update the map with Google Map Maker, and see your edits in Google Maps. Start mapping the places you know.

Google Maps

Find local businesses, view maps and get driving directions in Google Maps

Google Tour Builder

A web based version of Google Earth.

Map Draw for the iPad

Map Draw allows you to create your own routes and maps on the iPad. Total distance is tracked, and all maps can be drawn on by freehand when exported, making it the ideal tool for planning a run, giving driving directions, keeping track of your travels, and more. Maps support the creation of custom waypoint annotation pins. All map routes and entries are stored in a beautiful journal-style interface on the device. No uploading to or downloading from a website is needed.

Meograph

Meograph is the easiest way to create multimedia stories.

Photo Mapo for he iPad

Easily transform your photos into mapped masterpieces you will want to share with friends and family.

Run Google Earth on Chromebook

The only place on the Web that lets you run Google Earth from your browser. Try it now!

Scribble Maps

Our cross browser, cross API, mobile ready, HTML5, interactive map and authoring platform might be just what you need for you next mapping project. We have features you will love including a dynamic image map API and ready to go map storage.

Story Maps

Story maps combine interactive maps and multimedia content into elegant user experiences. They make it easy for you to harness the power of maps to tell your stories.

Story Map Apps
6 Steps to Publishing Your Map
Examples:
Zoo Babies at the Smithsonian National Zoo
Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail