Mapping Our Neighborhood

After students draw personal maps of their neighborhoods, they then join hands and develop a digital interactive map using Google Maps. All of their locations get re-purposed onto this collaborative map which shows all of their personal places collectively.

During this phase of the project, students become familiar with annotating Google Maps, where they have the ability to create points of interests and attach media such as text descriptions, photos, audio clips, videos, and links. These personalized maps can then be shared with others.

With these tools, students will work to transform their personal maps into a collective annotated map with all of their locations turned into hotspots. Students will search the Internet for media to link to the 3-5 hotspots using the research tools discussed. Students will have to find media online for all of their hotspots.

In Chinatown, we asked student producers must look within to identify meaningful memories and link them to a map. Below is the collaborative map they have started to create. It is interesting to see a personalized look at Chinatown that frames it as a hometown neighborhood rather than a tourist destination.


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