Tuesday, May 5, 2009

MapSkip Makes the Connection

After reading the blog of one of the members of my local PLN where she talked about using MapSkip, I jetted over to take a look myself.

"MapSkip.com is the brainchild of Kazumi Atsuta and Thomas Sturm and was launched in August 2007.

The purpose of MapSkip.com is to create a weave of stories about the places in our lives. Users are invited to create a free account and to mark up places in Google Maps with their own stories and photos. Users can browse each other's stories and can rate and discuss them.

MapSkip is free to use and free of ads. We have strong feelings about sites that bother their users, and MapSkip strives to be different. MapSkip will never run ad banners, however we may feature sponsored stories (which will be marked accordingly) at some point in the future. "

A teacher may set up special Teacher accounts to manage student accounts through the teacher's email account.

This website will give students a great sense of community. They could use it for personal narratives, digital storytelling about places they have visited or family stories. Connecting a story with the visual through maps and photos certainly help to make a significant literacy connection.

Thanks, Melissa for steering me to a worthy resource!

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