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Create a Visual Travelogue with Photo Mapo

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photo mapo 1Need a really cool summer vacation app that can double as a pretty powerful instructional tool?

Then Photo Mapo is a must-have digital gem that has countless classroom app-lications. That’s right! This digital gem can transform photos into mapped masterpieces that can be shared with family and friends across social media networks including Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and Instagram.

Here’s how Photo Mapo works: Choose one of 23 template styles (Postcard, Treasure, Retro, etc.) and tweak the background color. Then select a favorite photo from the camera roll and add an optional description to the image. Other information that can be customized on each “postcard” includes date, time, latitude, city, state and country. Map type (terrain, roads, hybrid and satellite) as well as Map Zoom (how much detail is displayed) can also be determined in the settings. Another super cool feature is that Photo Mapo has the GPS technology to attach the actual location where the picture was taken or the user can enter a specific address. The latter is a very cool option, especially when third party photos are being utilized (Flickr, Creative Commons and the like).

Check out a few samples shown below. Hopefully they’ll get those wheels turning!

For fun…

Geeking it out at the Alice Programming Summer Institute at Carnegie Mellon University!

For the classroom…

The Great Sphinx is a mysterious marvel from the days of ancient Egypt. The body of a lion with the head of pharaoh, this monument has come to symbolize strength and wisdom.

Classroom Connection:

Do I even have enough space to share the ways Photo Mapo can be utilized in the classroom? Seriously, when I first saw this app, I immediately thought of the social studies angle: Historical figures, events, places and/or landmarks. But after giving it some additional thought, this cool tool has potential far beyond one content area—field trips, setting of a story or book, visual writing prompts or even the creation of graphics to accompany writing activities (favorite and/or bucket list destinations) and lit trips (similar to those created with Google Earth) to name a few. A Photo Mapo image could also be a nifty way to promote school or professional events—assemblies, conferences, trainings, workshops, etc.

As an extension activity, student masterpieces can even be compiled into a digital story by getting busy with some app smashing utilizing Pic Collage or Adobe Voice.

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“Create a Visual Travelogue with Photo Mapo”

  1. July 3rd, 2014 at 10:24 am       Mike Says:

    There are a lot of Earth Science applications!

    I thought about features at plate boundaries – a photo of the feature (fault, volcano, mountain range, etc.), add any info you want about the feature (what caused it, the plate motions, etc.), and a map.


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