Strategy Share: Putting it on a map!
Shortly after getting back from the expedition, one of my biggest challenges was simply processing the amount of information I had received, and filtering through the thousands of photos I had taken. From the very start one of the things that I knew that I wanted to do was trying to figure out an easy way to be able to share with members of my professional organizations and my students about all of the things I was able to observe during my two weeks in Iceland with National Geographic and Lindblad Expeditions aboard the National Geographic Explorer. The first thing that naturally popped into my head was a story map. I have done a lot of work with ArcGIS and wanted to create a series of maps that not only highlighted the places that we went, but also was able to display the types of things that we had seen.
The story map I came up with (previewed below or seen better by visiting HERE) was created using ArcGIS using a free organizational account (available free to educators for use in their classrooms through Esri ConnectED). Using what I had seen and learned I put together a series of information maps detailing the processes of geological geomorphology we observed, the adaptations of the island's flora and fauna, the adaptations of the Icelandic people, and just generally scenic places to see around the island. Each post was positioned on the maps as a "map note" with a picture (with links to a larger view of the picture) and informative text. The side bars highlight the theme of each section, using information learned from the naturalists and speakers aboard the ship.
As a means of sharing information the map has been useful with my students and professional groups alike. I have shared the map with fellow teachers as an example of using travel experiences that they can then share with their own students. With my students I have used it as a means to share my experience in an interactive format .