My first attempts at creating an animated visual of a journey (some 15 years ago) were laborious and frustrating and involved taking multiple screenshots of a small plane graphic as I moved it across a blurry background map.
My favourite though was the easy-as to use Tripline.
The web interface is easy to navigate, and creating an animated map is straightforward:
- Create an account. (Facebook login is an option)
- Create a new map.
- Add waypoints and locations. (Click on the map, search by name or add by decimal point latitude / longitude)
- Add descriptions and photographs. (The photo upload is VERY well implemented)
- Share your map. (I’ve added Tripline to our school website and Facebook page).
The completed project is slick, thoughtfully designed and presented and a easy for the casual user to use.
I’d highly recommend this online resource for classroom use. With the only downside being the registration requirements, Triplien could easily find a place in Geography and History lessons mapping out migration patterns, historic journeys or imaginary trips. The diary interface also suggests use in literacy lessons, whilst the ability to export distances suggests use in numeracy work.
You probably won’t need much hand-holding, but there are some excellent resources available:
You can also download a Tripline app for the iPad but the functionality – particularly the animated map – appears to be missing at this time.