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[As of Sept. 5, 2013, this version of "Toy Chest" is superseded by Alan Liu's "Digital Humanities Resources for Student Project-Building."]


A star Red Star indicates tools that combine power (advanced, multiple, or flexible features) with ease of use. The star tends to be reserved for tools capacious enough for multiple uses or add-on uses that they might also be called "platforms" (e.g., TAPoR, Many Eyes, or Google Earth).  (Other tools may be more powerful, or more easy to use, but not in combined balance.)


David Rumsey Historical Map Collection (Online Mapping Resources)

David Rumsey Historical Map CollectionThis "historical map collection has over 30,000 maps and images online. The collection focuses on rare 18th and 19th century North American and South American maps and other cartographic materials. Historic maps of the World, Europe, Asia, and Africa are also represented."  Includes historical maps superimposed over Google Earth GIS images and inserted in Second Life.  Includes a specialized Luna Browser for working with historical maps.


Google Earth (Online Mapping Tool)


Google Earth historical map (England and Wales in 1790, overlaid on satellite map)

Google Earth

Free, downloadable program that communicates with Google servers to provide interactive fly-over/zoom-in satellite images of the world with superimposable map and location data that can be turned on or off (roads, boundaries, locations of interest, hotels, dining, etc.) Allows users to annotate maps and add placemarks that can be shared online as part of the "Google Earth Community" (e.g., place markers with links relevant to local community interests). Highest resolution images are for high-density urban and other populated areas; lower resolution elsewhere. In some areas of the world, Google allows users to superimpose historical maps from the Rumsey Historical Map collection over current satellite maps (available under "Featured Content" in the Google Earth sidebar.

Google Maps Create a Custom Map (Online Mapping Tool)


Google "My Maps" Example(On the Google Maps page, click on the "My Places" button and then on the "Create Map" button.  See also the available tutorial.)  Tool from Google that allows users to overlay Google maps or satellite images with markers, lines, shapes, and annotations. "Make Google Maps your maps. Create and share personalized, annotated maps of your world.... Mark your favorite places on your map. Draw lines and shapes to highlight paths and areas. Add your own text, photos, and videos. Publish your map to the web. Share your map with friends and family."


Google SketchUp (3D Modeling & Mapping Software)

Google SketchUp Google's free, downloadable 3D modeling tool that allows users to create 3D drawings of buildings, artifacts, etc. (in CAD-style, but assisted by simple "push/pull" tools and 2D-to-3D extrusion), navigate walk-throughs of their creation, and then place their creation on a Google Earth map as an overlay. (For Windows and Mac.) Also see the Google SketchUp Blog and Google SketchUp for Educators site for ideas and instructions.


Google Lit Trips (Examples of Modeling with Google Earth)

Google Lit Trips Example Google Lit Trips is a collection of Google Earth files that map out works of literature. The website (created by a teacher not affiliated with Google) includes background material on why to create Lit Trips and documentation about how to make them, including video tutorials.  "Google Lit Trips are free downloadable files that mark the journeys of characters from famous literature on the surface of Google Earth. At each location along the journey there are placemarks with pop-up windows containing a variety of resources including relevant media, thought provoking discussion starters, and links to supplementary information about “real world” references made in that particular portion of the story.  The focus is on creating engaging and relevant literary experiences for students. "




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