During the Spring 2013 semester I created several class projects that focused on the role of technology in participatory learning. One such project was the creation of a literary map. Joan Markey and I used Google Maps to create a resource that accompanies The Dewey Decimal System by Nathan Larson. This tool allows the reader to visualize the main character’s wanderings throughout New York City and encourages the reader to learn more about the places he visits. We incorporated content from the book as well as historical information about each place to enhance the reader’s experience of the text within the City.
A literary map is an example of how librarians can utilize technology to help students connect more deeply with information. A tool like this could either be created by the educator to accompany a text or created by the students to communicate their engagement with the text.
This project was selected for and presented as a Lightning Talk at the 2013 SILS Showcase. Projects presented at the conference can be viewed at Research @ Pratt SILS.