Thursday, 15 November 2012

#edcmooc Saludos - nice to see you!

I made a shared map last night that people on the course can add their location to. In 30 mins, there were 7 posts! Here is the link so you can add your own location. To add a pin you need a Google account. When you have this, you can click on the red "edit" button to the left of the map. Then a blue pin should appear in the top left corner of the map. You can then click on this and drag it around to your location. Add some info and save.

It will be nice to visualise the range of locations of people on the course. If you read "I'm from Buenos Aries" or "from Melbourne" it doesn't have the same impact as seeing it on a map. When you see the pins spread out, it suddenly becomes much more interesting and dynamic. When I zoomed into Susan in Florida for example, I could see the pin was on what looked like a little island. I zoomed back a bit, and there was Cape Canaveral. I've heard of that, and now I made the connection. There is a Melbourne, Florida too - small world. In my pin, I added a link to a Flickr slideshare of pictures from Edinburgh to give everyone a chance to see what it looks like.

What else could you link to? A website with facts about your town? A current news story? A historical timeline? A poem or short story set there? A clip from a movie shot there? Or why not go out, take a picture of something you like about your local area, and upload to Flickr? Then we'd have your own personal impression of where you live. Or choose a theme "my last meal", "where I buy my food", "local shop" etc etc. Add any ideas in comments below

Here's a link to the map, with a screenshot image below https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=200367259813652747543.0004ce913194a232d30d5&msa=0

PS - I just checked back. We have person number 8 - Gabriella from Round Rock, Texas! Look at the distribution of the pins - what does it tell us about time zones? No-one from Europe, Africa, Middle East, South Asia. They will all be tucked up in my bed.

11 comments:

  1. @Bambi_Edwards suggested a good tool: www.panoramio.com
    Users can share their photos via a map. You can also search by place, theme, or group. Or you can take a photo tour, enter a photo contest, or play "where was the photo taken" games with people from your Google groups. The photo tour is quite good, and I just went on a tour of New Bern, North Carolina, and Fitzroy Falls, New South Wales in honour of Angela, the newest member of the map from Bowral, Australia! On a "tour", different photos are stitched together so you get a zoom effect which can be fun, or disorientating depending! It's quite a novel way to view photos. It depends on the quality of the photo and the care taken to make the tour - there was one of the University of Sydney which was really good. There is plenty of scope to be ccreative in panoramio though

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  2. Hi Chris!
    Awesome idea with the map! I've added my location with the link to panoramio.com
    Thanks for sharing!

    Best wishes,

    Elena

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  3. Thanks Elena, is that you in Western Siberia? You look so remote there on the map, but the pictures really brought Langepas to life! (it does look cold :)
    We are really getting a good sense of where everyone is - quite a digital community!

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  4. Yes, my mark looks really lonely and remote on the map:(
    I wish more people from Russia enrolled on the course. I've noticed only one so far...
    Chris, do you mind me adding the link to the map on my blog? Thanks!

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    1. Hi Elena, Yes, of course. Please feel free to add a link to the map on your blog - it's for everyone!

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  5. Thanks for the map - I've added myself and am looking forward ot #edcmooc.

    All the best, David

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  6. Thanks for creating this map! What a great idea for us to have a visual of where everyone in the class lives. I've passed it along to several others that I've met in the class so that they can add themselves to it.

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  7. Hi Laurie,

    Thanks for your comment and for passing the map on. I never thought there'd be so many that first night I suggested it! It's been great to see the locations of everyone involved. I hope we'll have more pins by January!

    Chris

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  8. Hola, Has tenido muy buena idea. Somos mucha gente y muy diversos , creo que he puesto bien mi ubicaciĆ³n, es posible que la haya puesto dos veces, si hay algun error , no importes en decirmelo. Gracias!!! Henar

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  9. Hi Chris, I was the fourth person to add a pin (Ana Barguil, as you can see in the image above), but now I can't find it.
    I have a suggestion: is it possible to creat a map for each continent? The general vision will be lost, but I think that it will be possible to everyone add a pin.
    Thanks!
    Ana

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    1. Hi Ana, that's a really good suggestion. I think even my pin is lost now! It would require everyone to start over and pin again, but could be worth it.
      Thanks for your thoughts,
      Chris

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