After putting student-created videos on Google Maps I’ve been thinking about how a similar process could be used to provide an orientation to the institution and community for new international students. Some of the teachers at Ohio University are already well on their way to creating such a map.
Videos of some of the popular destinations have been recorded, posted to YouTube, and embedded into the popup balloons on the map. [Note: Not all of these features will work on the video I have embedded above. Click on “view larger map” to see the fully-featured version.] Others include other useful information such as websites and phone numbers. This was all teacher-created, but the opportunity exists to allow student contributions.
This is something we really need to pull together. Know of a similar example? Leave a comment.
These are the slides from a presentation I made this morning at the Digital Media in a Social World Conference. More examples, including some that were generated during the presentation, can be found in the links I tagged using Diigo and Delicious.
I’ve tried to gather as many examples of digital mashups (see Wikipedia definition #2) that, in many cases, use maps or other visual means to represent different sets of data. Do you have a favorite example that I didn’t include? Leave it in a comment. I’d love to see more!
To learn more about the conference, check out the #DMSW hashtag on Twitter.
This is a project of mine from a couple of years ago. I haven’t mentioned it here before, though, and it’s still worth looking at.
My Google Maps / YouTube Mashup combines these two Web 2.0 technologies by linking student-created YouTube videos to points on a Google Map. I have maps of Ohio State and the city of Columbus, Ohio (the same map, but viewed at different resolutions, and centered slightly differently) with lots of links to videos created by students at that location.
It took a little work to figure out how to do this, but Google provides lots of help for incorporating maps into your website. Once I had that figured out, I just had to paste the YouTube info into the bubble that pops up. If you’d like to try it, feel free to view the source of my page. I know Google and YouTube have since worked out ways to do these things on their sites, but I’m proud to say I did it first.
Possible extensions could include having students do presentations on their hometown or country and then placing them on a world map or even using a tabbed pop-up bubble to allow viewers to toggle between video, audio, and text transcript. There are lots of interesting possibilities yet to be explored.