Keywords: multimedia, infographics, timeline, poll, maps, interactive
One of the benefits of online newspapers is the potential for interactive infographics. My students have used infographic generators like Piktochart, Easel.ly andCanva, but we haven't experimented as much with other tools. This week, I tried out three new-to-me tools to see how they might work alongside those we already have: customizedGoogle maps, Polldaddy polls and surveys and Tiki-Toki timelines.
I use Google maps frequently and knew it was possible to create a customized map, but I hadn't played with creating one with multiple points myself. For the purposes of this experiment, I decided to map the 11 First Amendment Press Freedom Award winners for 2018. This tool requires a Google login, but since our school is a Google school, that was easy. I used the step-by-step process laid out at create.net to add each school to the map. My final map is below. This is a great tool for adding visual geographic data to a news story and pretty easy once I got the hang of it. It's also free — a big bonus.
The final tool I took a look at this week was the most interesting and the least intuitive. It was also the most expensive. Although Tiki-Toki does have a free account option, it only allows one timeline and would not allow me to upload my own images within it. I ended up shifting to the $7.99/month account for the purposes of this experiment, which gave me a lot more flexibility in creating the timeline.
This video gives a basic overview of how to create and modify timelines, but it took me a bit of time to get the hang of it. I ended up creating a timeline for the upcoming National High School Journalism Convention in San Francisco. I used photos from past conventions to give students a sense of what the experience is like. If I had more time, I would love to experiment with audio and video clips as well. I think this could be a great tool for news stories that develop over time, though I would have to look into the cost of a class license to see if it's financially viable.
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