Students could create the town map
Jeff Jarvis unintentionally suggests a great geography-citizenship project for students as we head back into a sunny school term here in Scotland, picking up on the fact that Chorley doesn't have a town map. Now I had a friend from uni - a fellow big band drummer in EUJO - who came from Chorley, so I know it exists and is generally populated by friendly northerners who would love nothing better than to show off their home. Here are some of Jarvis' highlight tasks:
- Google Maps to find the town
- Platial to let people fill in street names, addresses, and names
- Restaurant reviews and dangerous dogs plotted via Google Maps
- Soon businesses will be able to offer printable coupons via Google Maps
- Locals can report potholes, arrests and home prices
- Up My Street information can be linked in to help find the super school doing all this in their 21st Century classrooms.
- Students can create podcast tours about their home town (in foreign languages, of course)
Some of my added suggestions:
- Use a GPS locator to plot photographs geotagged to street addresses - you could create a virtual tour
- Check out the progress on the national geocaching project and tap into that.
- Map wifi hotspots so that others can log on to find out more in situe
- People can create overlays for Google Maps illustrating their favourite walks, maybe doing this in real time using Loic's gizmo.
- WorldMapper would help compare Chorley's birth rates and industrial figures to the rest of the industrial North.
Jeff would love to hear more of your ideas.
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