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Telling Your Story With Story Maps

Using multimedia maps to communicate the Whys of Where.

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Story maps provide a fascinating, dynamic way for you to investigate and communicate everything that has a location--from historical battles, water quality, international migration, energy, natural hazards, biodiversity, to your own investigations or travels. Story maps integrate live and often real-time data through online maps, video, narrative, audio, and sketches in a multimedia tool for research and communication that is accessible on any device and able to be constructed with simple tools—even on a phone! The issues investigated through story maps range from local (community greenways, litter, tree species), to regional (watersheds, energy, ecoregions), to global (energy, trade, natural hazards). Join geographer and educator Joseph Kerski as we explore why and how to use the vast library of existing online story maps on, and how you can easily build your own storymaps and communicate your story to others.

Your Instructor

Joseph Kerski
Joseph Kerski

Joseph Kerski serves to support teaching and learning with GIS throughout all levels of education in formal and informal settings, internationally, through curriculum development, fostering partnerships, conducting research in the implementation and effectiveness of GIS in teaching and learning, promoting GIS in education through social media, symposia, workshops, and events, and teaching face to face and online courses and seminars for educators, administrators, and students. His background includes three degrees in geography and remains as enthusiastic about the subject as ever. In fact, he feels that NOW is the most exciting time for geography than at any time during his career.

Joseph served for 21 years as Geographer and Cartographer at the US Geological Survey and at the US Census Bureau, as President of the National Council for Geographic Education, and as adjunct instructor of GIS at Sinte Gleska University, at the University of Denver, in primary and secondary schools, and in online courses including MOOCs. Joseph believes in the transformational power of spatial thinking and learning, posts daily on social media, co-authors 3 blogs including on topics of spatial data and GIS in education, has authored 8 books on education, geography, environmental studies, and GIS, and has created over 3,000 videos on

Class Curriculum

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
If you are dissatisfied with the course, contact Discover Spatial and the instructor and provide some suggestions on how it can be improved.
Haven't maps always been used to tell stories? What is different now?
Yes, for centuries, maps have been effectively used to provide a rich and detailed set of content in a short amount of space. The difference now is that these maps incorporate a wide variety of multimedia, they can be made by anyone, not just seasoned cartographers, their content is dynamic and can be easily changed, and the maps can be shared and embedded in many types of communications tools.

Solving problems in the 21st Century requires spatial thinking and modern mapping tools. Maps have always served as powerful ways to tell stories and to foster problem solving. Get started with making story maps today!

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