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I ran into the City of Memory project via Gothamist:

An organization called City Lore has created an interactive map that fuses NYC cartography with its residents’ oral histories. Whether on the news, the subway, or even online, New Yorkers see mapped representations of their town several times a day. City Lore’s City of Memory map has deepened that visual familiarity by creating an interactive environment where users can hear vignettes from other New Yorkers about their lives. The organization, which is sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation among other groups, has produced a number of the stories itself, but the general online public is free to submit their own stories for placement on the map.

This amazing project got me thinking about lesson plans involving oral histories and interactive maps. Google has easy to follow video and text tutorials that show users how to personalized Google maps including place-markers, videos, shapes, pictures, and other annotations.

I found examples for how interactive maps and oral histories can be used across the curriculum:

Stay tuned for a more complete lesson plan.


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  1. Great resource list. Checked out the and it is really interesting. This is why I like to blog.

    Tina K.

    17 June 2008 at 10:07 am

  2. I think this is a very useful website for the arts, social science, and language art. I will be a high school English teacher in Los Angeles myself, so I will definitely look into this website for my lesson planning. This would definitely aid in instruction, especially on oral traditions, etc. in addition to broadening the students’ perspective on their surroundings. Thanks a lot!

    Shalynn Hou

    8 July 2008 at 2:57 pm

  3. Great resource list. Checked out the and it is really interesting. This is why I like to blog.

    self publishing

    10 July 2010 at 4:29 am

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