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Nat. Geographic Student Work Example

Kevin Earley

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National Geographic Interactive Map Maker Review


            Recently I was tasked, by Ms. Collins, with the project of trying out the National Geographic Interactive Map Maker. My goal here was to put together a historical map of immigration patterns to the Greater Boston/ New England Region, which was a particularly interesting assignment, for me, off the bat, because I am quite interested in the history of my area. I also felt that immigration patterns were an aspect of the history of New England, with which I was mostly unfamiliar, and visualizing it on a map would be very helpful for me. So, when I began the assignment, I took to the National Geographic Map Maker and started to make myself acquainted with the tool. It was hard to understand the tool, at first, as it’s user interface was arranged in a particularly confusing way, such as the feature for deleting items on the map, which is a four step process. However, once I familiarized myself with the way the tool worked, I felt like I was able to do quite a bit of interesting work with it. I imagine the tool would be better suited to teachers, making lesson materials, before a class, at least in with it’s current user interface. However, if given a significant amount of time to learn the tool, I imagine you could soon see a classroom of students making maps, which is useful throughout the majority of the Social Studies course curriculums. It is always useful for me to see our history laid out in different ways, especially in a format, where I can add in extra data, which might not have been visualized into one graphic together, in the past. I look forward to using this tool, in the future.

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Plagiarism Statement

Plagiarism: taking the ideas, work, words, or images from someone and presenting them as your own. You can avoid it if you understand how to cite, quote and paraphrase information.

You are cheating or plagiarizing if you:

1) Reuse or rework a paper you turned in for another class.
2) Order a term paper or buy one from an online source and turn it in as your own
3) Copy entire sentences, paragraphs or images from a source and present them as your own
4) Take credit for group work without contributing to it 

To avoid being accused of cheating or plagiarizing:

1) Keep all notes you take while doing research
2) Save as separate files all versions, revisions or drafts of your paper. 
3) When using the Internet for research, save the information you need as you go, since it is possible for a site to disappear from the Web due to technical difficulties.
4) Make use of writing handbooks and style guides, along with sites such as EasyBib for proper source citation, and when in doubt, ask your teacher or a librarian for help.