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Tools and Topics

Mapping & Timelines

Tools mentioned most often in follow-up interviews after the institute included low-barrier options that students can use to bring together primary sources and analysis into interpretive timelines and maps.


StoryMap JS

StoryMap JS

A free online tool developed at the Northwestern University Knight Lab that allows you to share stories by highlighting locations related to specific events. Upload images, videos, text, or other media to create an educational, virtual resource.

Example project

Colorado State student Samantha Slenker created “Indigenous Language and Society in America.”

Example project

Digital Library of the Caribbean fellow Stephanie Chancy created “dLOC and Its Partners.”

Google My Maps

Google My Maps

Users can create and share their own maps based on particular locations and themes. My Maps can be used via computer, Android, or iPhone and iPad.

Video tutorial

Teacher Meghan Vestal offers an excellent overview of Google My Maps and how it can be used in the classroom in this 7-minute video.

Example project

In “Using Digital Tools to Explore Collective Memory,” Kelsey McNiff, Endicott College, describes an assignment for students to visualize U.S. Holocaust memorials.

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