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A step by step guide for school libraries to get you up and pinning on Pinterest. Presented to the Library Technicians of the York Catholic District School Board and York Region District School Board on April 19th 2013.


Mapping Tools

Posted: December 2, 2011 in Geography, History, Tools, Web 2.0

As a follow up to yesterdays post on digital storytelling and mapping I thought I would post some of the great free online tools that are out there for teachers and students to use.

CommunityWalk can be used to create custom maps that you can embed into a website or blog. Audio, icons, photos and comments can be added to maps that users create.

Wayfaring although free to use you still need to register is very similar to CommunityWalk.

Animaps is the best of the selections mentioned in this post because you can animate your maps. The educational uses for this tool is endless and the other digital media that you can add while using Animaps makes it a perfect tool for digital media content delivery across the curriculum.

In the past 2 weeks in my Library there has been a big interest in the author John Green’s work¬† Looking for Alaska, Paper Towns, An Abundance of Katherines. What finally peaked my interest and started me asking why was the fact that all 3 books had been signed out by boys. Why, why has John Green sparked the interest in these young men? Well apparently Vlog Brothers is why.

Vlog Brothers is a YouTube Channel created by John Green and his brother Hank. Here is how they describe what they do;

Nerdy to the Power of Awesome
¬†Hank and John Green are nerdy brothers who make videos. Really, it’s not about anything in particular. Whether we’re talking about our lives, making each other laugh, or trying to get something more important across, people seem to enjoy it.
With video commentaries like You CAN Judge a Book by its Cover! and Why are Barns Red and Kardashians Famous you will be enlighten and have a good chuckle at the same time. The Vlog Brothers have reached out to the nerdiverse and as a result have a very big following. As an author John Green not only writes great books but he has proven that you can use all the social media to your advantage and be very successful, he has 1,166,121 followers just on his TwitterReal John Green.
Here are the social media tools John Green is using: