Mapping Technologies

In recent years, mapping applications have informed the way people write their experience, particularly in combination with geolocation technologies. In the classroom, mind mapping software and applications such as GoogleMaps help students examine how space and place inform the act of composition. Mind mapping software such as helps students address concerns with organization and the relationship between different parts of a system or text.

GoogleMaps ties this abstract act of mapping to the surface of the earth, allowing students to track significant locations in a text, in a social system, or in their personal experience. This example produced by the San Francisco Chronicle maps important literary locations in the city. Timeline applications such as Capzles allow students to map significant events across time. This example focuses on a personal trip, but it offers a sense for what such a timeline with images and annotations would look like.

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