We’ve spent a great deal of time trying to make CommunityWalk as intuitive as possible. There’s still quite a way to go before we achieve this goal, but we think we’ve made it intuitive enough that it would be slower to read a tutorial about how to get started than it would be to simply starting using the application.
So click “Create A Map” at the top of this page and get started! If you have any problems at all email us at [email protected] or check out the forums!
Nothing personalizes a map like the voice of the map creator or a local person. Odeo offers a free tool that lets you record audio. You can then place a widget in your map that will play your content when ever somone clicks on the play button. Unfortunately the service, “Odeo”, no longer offers the ability to record audio. You may be able to use Entertonment, though, to record audio.
The ability to link directly to a specific marker in a map can come in very handy. Here’s a short and sweet tutorial explaining how to do this.
You can upload any icon file you want (assuming you own the file) to use in your map. This is a great way to add brand recognition to your map or just liven it up, making it more engaging for the end user.
CommunityWalk will generate the icon’s shadow, legend image, and print image all automatically.
That old adage is truer than ever- it’s all about location… And when it comes to the current tech ecosystem, location-based apps and services are par for the course, and for good reason. We have the technology to have our communities, towns, and neighborhoods at our fingertips and get acquainted with the world around us at the touch of a button. We like to watch where our drivers go, if our laundry delivery service is on the way and which sushi place is less than a five-minute walk from us. Maps, and more specifically, interactive maps can take your service to the next level, bring together a community and organize data through a clearer lens. So, how do you integrate maps into your organization without breaking the bank?
Whether you just want to clarify your location, build a community or track service, there’s an accessible tool out there for you. Some require development skills while others are plug and play systems, but all are available for free. Below, we’ve curated 6 fantastic map building tools so you can get yourself on the map.
Mapme is a platform that enables anyone to build smart and beautiful maps without any coding. It allows you to turn on and off powerful features such as events, jobs, crowdsourcing, rating, reviews with a click of a button. Data can easily be imported into maps.
The platform is a great solution for all kinds of organizations. It can be used by a local brewery organization to map breweries, a startup organization to map the tech community, or a publisher to create individual maps for articles.
For some great examples of Mapme’s possibilities, check out this list of maps
Mapme’s best feature is how easy it is to get the community involved and adding. No coding knowledge required. Build a map here.
ZeeMaps enables you to design and publish interactive maps with a whole range of features, including data imports from excel, csv and even Google docs.
The nice thing about ZeeMaps is that once your data is on there, the maps are highly customizable, allowing you to choose from custom icons, color regions, multimedia and more. You can also create custom fields without any development knowledge. Their three-tiered access feature – viewer, member, and admin makes this a great option for presentations and group data analysis projects.
ZeeMaps offers free as well as paid versions. You can check out the options here .
Google Maps API
Probably the best known and the most often used, the Google Maps API is the standard for online maps that are easily integrated across platforms. Google Map’s API allows for street-level views along with Google Places integration, providing information and even reviews for locations in which your audience might be interested.
The maps are customizable by color, visibility levels, and even labels. This high level of customization can require some coding but as usual, Google provides detailed tutorials. For those who really don’t want to take the time to sift through tutorials, there are other services that work with the Google API and quickly help you customize. Check it out here .
Mapbox is a great map-based solution for spatial analysis on the fly, making it easy to integrate location into any mobile or online application. Their goal is to “change the way people move around cities and understand our planet.”
Their coolest feature? The tool offers a Smart Directions API, allowing you to integrate live directions into your app. For example, when a courier accepts a task, Smart Directions generates a route specifically for their mode of transportation. If you’re looking to be the next delivery or service to door app, this one’s for you.
It counts Pinterest, Evernote, and Foursquare amongst its users. Mapbox calls itself a mapping platform for developers but the web-based editor is easy and a great place to start.
Mapbox has starter packages for up to 50,000 monthly users and 1 style. For more, there are two premium packages to choose from with up 30 different styles.
Not a map builder in itself, Snazzy Maps works with the Google Maps API to ensure any maps you’re building looks great on your site. Free to use, this service allows you to apply several design templates onto your map. This is important for web designers who want to embed a map seamlessly into their design, without too much custom coding.
If you’re not on a custom-built site, you will have to download some plugins but Snazzy Maps lists several that are compatible with popular platforms like WordPress.
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Google Maps is a powerful tool that gets used billions of times a day around the world. Many of us would be quite literally lost without it. You type in where you want to go, and Google Maps will give you multiple options on how to get yourself there using a car, walking, or taking public transportation.
A lesser known feature is that Google Maps will allow you to tweak a route. I use this feature to see how far I ran on my morning jogs around the neighborhood. I definitely do not take the most direct route as recommended by Google Maps, but I can drag the route to match where I ran and get the measured distance. This feature is also handy if you want to plan a detour or lunch break into your road trip plans. Here’s how to customize a route in Google Maps.
Note that this set of instructions is relevant to the web version of Google Maps, not the mobile app version.
1. Type in your To and From addresses to get directions. Google Maps will give you a few route suggestions that will be listed in the left panel and displayed on the map. The selected route is displayed in blue with yellow and red traffic overlays. The alternate routes are shown as grey lines on the map. Google Maps will give you a distance and travel time with and without traffic for each route. You can switch between them in the map or in the list panel.
2. To manually tweak your route, hover your mouse over the part of the selected route where you want to branch off. A circle will appear under your cursor. Click and drag the route over to the road you want to take.
3. You can drag your route all over the map with as many route changes as you would like. The route change circles will stay on the drawn route. Clicking on a route change circle will delete it, and that segment of the route will go back to the original.
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There are many reasons why people select a race. A good route for the participants is among the top reasons that participants will choose a race. If your course is easy or fast it will encourage more participation. Learn other ways to Grow your race here. If your route is scenic it will also help to grow your race. Our race maps will help you to show the ease, and beauty of your route. People want to know what they are signing up for and the street view on your map will give them those pictures that are worth a thousand words. In addition to using a race map to grow your race you should also think about including a charity with your race. Some participants exclusively look for charitable races to participate in. Learn about fundraising strategies with races here.
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Welcome to the Snazzy Maps editor! With this tool you can create your own Google Maps styles and share them on the site.
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Google Maps styles are divided into 3 components: features, elements, and styles. These components combine to allow for the detailed creation of map styles.
Features are the geographic elements that can be styled on the map. These include land, road, water, and much more. Some features have sub-features and are organized in a tree structure. Styles can be applied to any node in the tree including the “All” node, which changes the styles for every feature. Styles applied to sub-features will override any styles applied on their parents in the tree.
Elements are the geometric properties of the features that can be styled on the map. These include labels, icons, geometric fills, and much more. A combination of feature and element will allow you to target exactly the components you would like to style.
Styles are the formatting options applied to your selected feature and element. These are grouped into sections: visibility, color, color options, and advanced options. Each section has a Reset button which will clear out any styles that have been changed in that section. If any styles have been modified from the default, a helpful dot is added to the feature and element nodes to signify that there are styles applied to those components.
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The Road Bike and Off-Road Bike options attempt to calculate routes that are most suited to these types of bikes.
Road Bike – avoids the busiest roads and any routes that are known to have unpaved surfaces (also tries to avoid routes where the type of surface isn’t known)
Both options will also avoid all motorways, highways and trunk roads. They are by nature more restrictive than the standard By Bike option, so you may need to turn them off if you find that you can’t auto-plot a route to your next point.
Routing with both of these options is carried out using map data from OpenStreetMap (OSM), so they are best used in conjunction with OSM Map Types. Their effectiveness will depend on the availability of surface and cycling access data in your local area. If you would like to help improve the map data in your area, please take a look at our How-To Guide.
These are BETA features, so please use them with caution as they’re experimental and may still contain bugs.
It may sometimes be necessary to dismount from your bike. Please observe local laws regarding right of way.
How do I get a map of my daily walks on my Apple Watch?
Posted on Sep 25, 2016 8:34 AM
I have tried all the below and I still don’t get a route. I am using an Apple Watch S2 and an iPhone 7 plus.
Posted on Dec 3, 2016 9:07 AM
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You can view a map of your daily walk on your iPhone, after having recorded it as a workout using the built-in Workout app on your watch.
First check that the following settings are enabled:
- On your iPhone, go to: Settings > Privacy > Location Services.
- Check that Location Services is turned on (at the top).
- Check that Apple Watch Workout is set to While Using.
- On your iPhone, go to: Settings > Privacy > Motion & Fitness – check that both Fitness Tracking and Health are enabled.
On your watch, in the Workout app, start an Outdoor Walk workout.
- If you have an Apple Watch Series 2, you do not need to take your iPhone along, as the watch has built-in GPS.
- For Apple Watch (first generation) and Apple Watch Series 1, you will need to take your iPhone along, with both Bluetooth and Location Services enabled.
- Work out with your Apple Watch – Apple Support
At the end of your walk, End the workout and then Save it.
To see the route that you followed:
- On your iPhone, open the Activity app and tap on the workout that you just completed:
- The Workouts tab.
- The History tab (by viewing the current day’s information).
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Looking for the best route planner for walking, running and cycling?
plotaroute.com is used in over 190 countries across the world and has excellent reviews. It is very easy to use with many advanced features, making it it simple to quickly plot and share great looking route maps for your walks, runs or bike rides, or indeed any outdoor pursuits.
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Plots extra loops in the middle of a route
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We have lots of helpful guides to getting the most out of plotaroute.com. Here’s a selection:
- How to download a route to a Garmin Edge
- How to view a route in 3D in Google Earth
- How to share a route map on Facebook
- How to estimate the time to complete a route
- How to track your position on a route map
- How to show gradients on a route map
- How to download a route’s elevation profile
- How to show two or more routes on the same map
- How to download a route to a Wahoo ELEMNT
- How to identify the biggest hill climbs on a route
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If you’re new to mapping we recommend watching the videos in the ‘Beginners’ section to get up and running. If you’ve mapped before follow the ‘Map Now’ link, or consider learning to validate. There is also additional tutorials available via LearnOSM.
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Go to the Task Manager to find a project and task that interests you. Learn how to lock a task to edit, select an editing program and change the background settings.
Buildings are one of the most useful things you can add to OpenStreetMap (and they’re fun too)! Learn how to add and edit buildings to OSM through the iD editor.
Roads are also one of the most useful things you can add to OpenStreetMap! Learn how to add and edit roads to OSM through the iD editor.
One of our Preview app lovers asked us a really good question: how can you create a custom location on Instagram? (if you’re reading this, thank you Beatriz for the great question!)
The location you add on your Instagram post can be anything:
- The location of your business
- Your website (it won’t link to your site, but it’s a clever way to get your link seen by more people – and it intrigues people)
- An imaginary / fake location (like “Home Sweet Home”, “Coffee Time”)
Follow these 4 steps to create your own custom location for your Instagram posts:
Step 1. Go in your Facebook app and “Check In”
You need to “register” the location of your business using your Facebook app. Facebook and Instagram are linked. And as you may know, Instagram is owned by Facebook.
You need to go through Facebook first to register your new location:
- Press on the “Check In” feature on Facebook to create a new location
- Make sure you turn on your Location
Step 2. Type the name of your new location
Now type the name of your new location in the search bar.
Chances are your new “location” does not exist. Or maybe some people have already registered a location with a similar name as you – which is fine.
If you’re not fine with that, here’s a quick tip for you:
If someone has already taken the name of your location and you want to have a unique name, you can get very creative.
For example, if “Coffee” is taken, you can try “Coffee Official”, “The Official Coffee”, “This is Your Coffee”, “Where You Feel Alive” etc…
Use your location name for marketing purposes 😉
If it’s something different, people will look at it and be intrigued! Take your time to brainstorm.
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Step 3. Press the “Add” button
Once you’re happy with the name:
- Press the “Add” the bottom of your screen
Step 4. Go on Instagram and use your new location
Next time you post on Instagram, use your new location.
Some people might have issues creating a new location for their Instagram posts. Sometimes the location appears and then disappear. Sometimes the location does not appear on Instagram at all.
If you’re having issues finding your new location on Instagram, try this:
- Create a new location that is near you (not in another city or country): Instagram and Facebook does not appear to allow new locations that are too far from your actual location. Create labels that are located near you in 3-5 minute walk
- Pick a real category: Pick a real category instead of “just for fun”
- Try checking in your new location multiple times: some people reported that they had to create their new location on Facebook many times before it appears on Instagram
- Post on Facebook using your new location: Other people found that it worked after they posted something on Facebook using their new location. It could be a way of “activating” the new location.
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The online marketing manager requested to make a tree-like map of the website. He means that he would like to see a graphical representation of the website and his contents. This way we will be able to see if there are internal link issues.
The problem is that there are thousands of pages and many subdomains, manual labour would make this a very tedious task.
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Students create three-dimensional clay mountains and then use them to make contour maps.
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1. Show students map images and introduce the activity.
Display the images of topographic, or contour, maps. Make sure students understand that contour maps, though 2-dimensional, use contour lines to show elevation above sea level. Point out the flattest and steepest areas on the Crater Lake map. Ask students to describe how the map uses contour lines to show which terrain is steep and which is flat. Then tell students that they are going to make their own contour maps with DOGSTAILS. Divide students into pairs. Provide each pair with the following supplies: two sheets of drawing paper, a ball of clay, markers of different colors, several feet of fishing line, and a pencil.
2. Have pairs draw orientation lines on the drawing paper.
Have pairs draw orientation lines on the drawing paper. Tell students to draw a straight vertical line and then a straight horizontal line intersecting it to create four equal quadrants. Explain that the peak of the mountain will line up with the intersection, so that each mountain appears to be divided into four quadrants.
3. Have pairs of students work together to make clay mountains.
Have pairs shape their clay into a mountain on the drawing paper and mark its peak with a dot. Ask students to line up the dot with the intersection of the two lines, and draw the lines across the mountain so the clay mountain is clearly divided into the four quadrants.
4. Have pairs cut layers out of the mountains.
Next, have pairs use their pencils to mark three rings on their clay mountains to indicate different elevations. The first ring should be a quarter of the way down from the peak; the next should be halfway down; and the third should be three-quarters of the way down. Then have students hold the fishing line very taut and use it to slice all the way through the clay along the rings. When they finish, each student should have four separate layers.
5. Have pairs use the clay layers to draw contour lines.
Have pairs re-draw orientation lines on the second sheet of drawing paper. Ask pairs to put the bottom layer of clay on the second piece of drawing paper and outline it. Then have students remove the bottom layer of clay and place the next largest layer of clay within the first outline. Have students outline this layer and repeat the process with the top two layers. Make sure students realize they have drawn contour lines for a topographic map.
6. Have pairs complete the contour maps with DOGSTAILS.
Tell pairs to assume that the base of the mountain is at sea level, or 0 feet of elevation. Have students label the base of the mountain on the contour map with 0 feet and then assign consistent elevations to the other levels using an elevation range of 100 feet per line. Tell students they will color each layer—the space between each contour line—a different color, and create a map key to show what elevations each color represents. Explain that they can use any color but blue, because blue represents water on contour maps. Have students color and create their keys. Finally, have students add any missing DOGSTAILS information:
Date: when the map was made
Orientation: direction (north arrow or compass rose)
Grid: lines that cross to form squares
Scale: map distance
Title: what, where, and when
Author: who made the map
Index: the part of the grid where specific information can be located
Legend: what the symbols mean
Sources: who provided information for the map
7. Have a whole-class discussion about the images of contour maps from Step 1.
As a class, revisit the contour map images. Have students look at the elevations and details. Ask students to describe the differences in elevation that they see in the map images. Address any questions they may have about topographic maps.
Ask students to explain how the contour map shows the elevation of the clay model.
How to Start a Community Service Project
Community service projects enrich the lives of those performing the service and those on the receiving end. A community service project plan guides the planning of the event to ensure all bases are covered. The plan outlines all details of the project from the beginning to the follow up. Thorough planning makes the project more effective in its scope and impact on the community.
Create a community service project committee to help with the planning process. This helps distribute the workload. Having more minds working on the project also helps generate more ideas.
Identify the project the group will perform. Look at the specific needs within the community as well as established charitable organizations you can assist.
Define the project goals. List all of the expected outcomes of the project in very specific goal statements. These goals help guide the project planning process.
Refer to the goals to create a list of the tasks that need to be completed for the event. This might include securing a location, buying supplies, asking for donations and advertising the event. Divide the responsibilities between the committee members to ensure everything is covered.
Develop a time line for the project. Identify the project date. Fill in all of the steps necessary to complete in order for the project to be a success. Add completion dates for each step. Refer to the time line throughout the project to ensure you are staying on track.
Create a schedule for the day of the event. Include all of the setup and preparation as well as the time for the actual event.
Identify the participants in the community service project. If you’re involved with a specific group, such as a youth group or women’s group, you already have your participants. If you wish to involve more of the community, create a plan for recruiting volunteers. This might include press releases, email campaigns, bulletin board posters and direct mailings.
Create an assessment to determine how well the group meets the project goals. This might include a questionnaire, interviews of those you helped or a committee meeting to discuss the event.
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Based in the Midwest, Shelley Frost has been writing parenting and education articles since 2007. Her experience comes from teaching, tutoring and managing educational after school programs. Frost worked in insurance and software testing before becoming a writer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education with a reading endorsement.
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Many charities raise their operating capital through fundraising events such as gala events, dinners and fun days. Organizers of these fundraisers tend to look for events that will appeal to the demographics of people who would be interested in financially supporting their specific causes. A fun day appeals to a wide variety of people and gains publicity for your cause. It may not attract “big fish” donors, but it can attract a large number of smaller donors and garner a wide range of coverage that will cultivate good will for your charity.
One necessary key to any good charity event is organization. Surround yourself with dependable individuals who will follow through on their commitments. Split the responsibilities for various duties between a committee of individuals so no one person has more to do than he can reasonably be expected to accomplish. For example, place one person in charge of ticket sales, another in charge of soliciting donations and enlist several people to help with set up and tear down on the day of the event. Provide clear instructions on the duties of each job and who to contact if problems arise.
Types of Activities
Determine what types of activities you want to include in your charity fun day. Consider family-friendly activities such as face painting, balloon artists, races, bounce houses, and arts and crafts. Offering food booths and a variety of performers to entertain attendees can help drive crowds to your event and increase the amount of time–and money–they spend at your fun day. Ask for volunteers to operate each activity. Schedule them in shifts of two to three hours.
Ask area merchants to donate supplies, such as food, balloons, prizes, printing and items for a silent auction. Begin asking for donations at least three months in advance. It helps to make a wish list of wants and needs for your event prior to seeking donations. Think about what benefits you will provide donors in return for their time or donations. You can provide publicity by listing them as donors in your marketing materials and press materials. You can also offer to print their logos or business names on all donated materials like balloons, water bottles or silent auction item descriptions. Contact area service providers for gift certificates to auction in your silent action or give out as door prizes. (Tip: You can make gift certificates donated for your silent auction more inviting by combining them with items, such as a luxurious bath robe with a massage or spa day gift certificate.)
Write a press release that includes all of the relevant information–time, date, charity you are supporting and activities offered at your event–and send it to your local radio stations and newspapers. Ask them to run a free public service announcement for your charity fun day on the air or in their calendar sections. Also, let them know that you are available for interviews to discuss the event and/or the charity it is supporting. Ask area merchants to display flyers for the event. Make sure that you provide clear instructions on how to buy advanced tickets or get involved as a volunteer on all publicity materials. Choose a face for your charity, such as a cancer survivor for you cancer benefit or a physically or developmentally challenged child for your children’s hospital benefit. Tell the stories of the people who benefit from your charity. People support charities that touch their hearts.
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Y ou’ve got a big shoot coming up. You want to visualize the scenes you plan to shoot with a storyboard, but you’re wondering how to make a storyboard that touches on everything a good storyboard should.
Odds are many filmmakers create storyboards “wrong.” Or (*cough*) ignore the crucial step of storyboarding altogether. Drawing and formatting fears, technical limitations, concerns about budget — there are a lot of reasons to avoid storyboarding.
But it doesn’t have to be stressful. You just have to know how to create a storyboard in the most efficient way. These nine easy steps will have you storyboarding like a master filmmaker in no time.
How to Make a Storyboard: Star Wars
- Mark up your screenplay
- Determine your aspect ratio
- Sketch out your subject
- Draw a background
- Add arrows for motion
- Add camera movement
- Add shot numbers
- Rinse and repeat
- Organize and share storyboards
PREFACE: HOW TO MAKE A STORYBOARD
Why storyboarding is essential
Here at StudioBinder, we’ve made storyboards for commercials. We’ve made movie storyboards, video storyboards, animation storyboards, and pretty much any storyboard you can imagine. We’ve learned why the storyboard is important on so many levels.
It’s a presentation tool, indispensable for pitches.
It’s a planning tool, critical for pre-visualizing your project.
It’s a collaboration catalyst that puts your team on the same page and gets everyone’s creative wheels turning. We’ve figured out that the only wrong way to storyboard is to skip the step altogether.
Let’s go over how to create a storyboard the right way. It’s easier than you may think.
But before we go too much further, let’s answer the question: What is a storyboard?
What is a storyboard?
A storyboard is a visual representation of a film sequence and breaks down the action into individual panels. It sketches out how a video sequence will unfold. A storyboard is similar to a trial-run for your finished film, video, or commercial, laid out in a comic book-like form.
How to make a storyboard (guidelines):
- Comprised of a sequence of drawings, sketches, reference images or photographs of stand-ins.
- Provides a visual guidance for look, feel and movement.
- Indicates the staging of actors and camera placement.
- May include dialogue and sound direction.
Ready to learn how to make a storyboard?
Here’s your guide to writing a storyboard like a pro.
How to Create a Storyboard
1. Mark up your screenplay
Before you start gathering images, drawing storyboards, hiring a storyboard artist, or doing any nuts-and-bolts illustration and previsualization work — before you even ask, “What does a storyboard look like?” — you’ll need to know what story you’re telling.
This means considering the details of every scene. The physical space, wardrobe, blocking, staging, action, etc. This phase is considered breaking down the script (aka “marking the script”) where you highlight all of the key elements that will affect the storyboards.
And so the very first step is to read your script and visualize it as an audience would.
Good, you’ve read it.
Now break it down and mark it up!
The breakdown shapes the vision of the project.
If we went back two decades, marking the script would commonly be done with highlighters and pens right on a print-out of a script. Every scene’s markings would then be summarized on a script breakdown sheet, printed, copied, collated, and distributed between the production staff.
But we live in a digital world and we need to be able to share our breakdowns in the cloud, and make adjustments without the rigmarole of printing. Preferably you’d use script breakdown software, but you can still do this the old fashioned way if you like.
We’ll import our script into StudioBinder, and automatically get all our scenes lined up. Now we can immediately click-and-drag to identify key elements.
What are the locations? Costumes? Props? Sets? Who are the cast members? How important is each element, and how will it look?
All of these elements affect what will eventually needs to be included in the storyboard. It’s also the foundation of identifying your project’s budget (which we cover in another post).
This is sample of what a scene breakdown looks like. Notice all the tagged (colored) elements that comprise a single scene!
How to write a storyboard: Start by marking up your script
As you go scene to scene, analyze the screenplay. Decide how you want each scene to look, and how you want to shoot it.
Whether it’s a movie storyboard, video storyboard, or commercial visualization, a script breakdown tells you what storyboards you need to create.
Notice we haven’t drawn a single storyboard yet. At this point, it’s all in the breakdown.
If you’re a seasoned director or just learning how to make a storyboard, marking up the screenplay in great detail is the first step.
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To learn more about JSON in general terms, read the “An Introduction to JSON” tutorial.
- Storing data
- Generating data structures from user input
- Transferring data from server to client, client to server, and server to server
- Configuring and verifying data
When you’re working with JSON, you’ll likely see JSON objects in a .json file, but they can also exist as a JSON object or string within the context of a program. Read more about the syntax and structure here.
When you’re working with a .json file, it will look like this:
If, instead, you have a JSON object in a .js or .html file, you’ll likely see it set to a variable:
Converting JSON objects into strings can be particularly useful for transporting data in a quick manner.
This will look very familiar to you as a JSON object, but there are no quotes around any of the keys ( first_name , last_name , online , or full_name ), and there is a function value in the last line.
Accessing JSON Data
In order to access any of the values, we’ll be using dot notation that looks like this:
The variable sammy is first, followed by a dot, followed by the key to be accessed.
Here, we’ve successfully called the value associated with the first_name key from the sammy JSON object.
We can also use square bracket syntax to access data from JSON. To do that, we would keep the key in double quotes within square brackets. For our sammy variable above, using square bracket syntax in an alert() function looks like this:
When you’re working with nested array elements, you should call the number of the item in your array. Let’s consider the JSON below:
To access the string facebook , we can call that item in the array within the context of dot notation:
Notice that for each nested element we’ll use an additional dot.
Using dot notation or square bracket syntax allows us to access the data contained in JSON format.
Functions for Working with JSON
This section will look at two methods for stringifying and parsing JSON. Being able to convert JSON from object to string and vice versa is useful for transferring and storing data.
The JSON.stringify() function converts an object to a JSON string.
Strings are useful for transporting data from a client to a server through storing or passing information in a lightweight way. For example, you may gather a user’s settings on the client side and then send them to a server. Later, you can then read the information with the JSON.parse() method and work with the data as needed.
We’ll look at a JSON object that we assign to the variable obj , and then we’ll convert it using JSON.stringify() by passing obj to the function. We can assign this string to the variable s :
Now, if we work with s , we’ll have the JSON available to us as a string rather than an object.
The JSON.stringify() function lets us convert objects to strings. To do the opposite, we’ll look at the JSON.parse() function.
Strings are useful for transporting but you’ll want to be able to convert them back to a JSON object on the client and/or the server side. While you can convert text to an object with the eval() function, it is not very secure, so we’ll use the JSON.parse() function instead.
To convert the example in the JSON.stringify() section above, we would pass the string s to the function, and assign it to a new variable:
Then, we would have the object o to work with, which would be identical to the object obj .
To take a deeper look, let’s consider an example of JSON.parse() within the context of an HTML file:
Within the context of an HTML file, we can see how the JSON string s is converted to an object that is retrievable on the final rendering of the page by accessing the JSON via dot notation.
JSON.parse() is a secure function to parse JSON strings and convert them to objects.
Because it is lightweight and is readily transferred between programming languages and systems, JSON has been experiencing increased support in APIs, including the Twitter API.
You likely won’t be creating your own .json files but procuring them from other sources. You can check out these resources to learn about converting other data structures to JSON.
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Are there any good network mapping tools for creating a visual representation of the network?
I’m talking about an automatic mapping tool that will do a scan of the network and make a map for me.
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The Dude does a good job.
To create a textual representation of the network, use nmap, if you want a GUI use Zenmap GUI
As far as creating a visual representation of the output, you’re going to need to do that manually (e.g. dia, Visio, OmniGraffle).
You might consider the Weathermap project. This generally works best in conjunction with some of the larger RRD based monitoring tools which provide auto-discovery and performance monitoring.
There is an app I use called “kiss the net” that scans and generates a pdf network map for you.
It’s actually based on a server monitoring/management product called “The Dude” made by mikrotik.
http://www.mikrotik.com/download/KTN_1.0beta1.zip Requirements: Windows XP/2000/2003/Vista with Internet Explorer 6 or better.
Note: the dude is the full version of the software that someone else has listed here. This one simply generates a network map along with a table of machines it discovers.
I’m not sure if you’re looking for an automated solution, but OmniGraffle is a great Mac application for making flowcharts and the like. It comes with a “stencil” for electronics that you might find on a network.
EDIT: Well, you now changed your post to say that you’d like an automated solution, but I’ll leave my post here. If you find a program that can scan a network and export GraphViz files, then you can use OmniGraffle to make pretty graphs.
HP’s Network Node Manager performs automatic discovery of your network, and can provide a graphical output of what it has discovered, along with links between devices. I don’t know if it supports exporting that data to an editable image format; in any case, most people I’ve talked to have always preferred manually created diagrams as they tend to be clearer and better laid out.
I’ve never played with it much but I’ve heard good things about netdisco:
Designed for moderate to large networks, configuration information and connection data for network devices are retrieved by SNMP. With Netdisco you can locate the switch port of an end-user system by IP or MAC address. Data is stored using a SQL database for scalability and speed. Layer-2 topology protocols such as CDP (Cisco Discovery Protocol) optionally provides automatic discovery of the network topology.
The network is inventoried by both device model and operating system (like IOS). Netdisco uses router ARP tables and L2 switch MAC forwarding tables to locate nodes on physical ports and track them by their IP addresses. For each node, a time stamped history of the ports it has visited and the IP addresses it has used is maintained.
Your students will transform into world explorers in search of new land.
For this geography design project, your students have set out on a trip around the world. Suddenly they have come across a new country that has never been put on a map or acknowledged before! Each explorer is given a special Earth Expedition booklet to record their findings from their voyage.
First students check out their map (included in the printable below). They mark off where the country lies. Is it in open ocean or land-locked? They name their country because they found it. Once they have a name for their new land, they come up with a distinct shape for their country. Then they decide on a capital name.
Afterwards students think about if they want their country to have a president or a king. Who will be in charge of their land? Before their new country is announced to the rest of the world, they must design a visual representation/symbol for their new land. Students design a special flag for their country, choosing colors and shapes that they feel will make the best visual representation for their land discovery.
Now it is time to put on their hiking boots and explore what the land has to offer! They check out terrestrial and aquatic biomes. In their Earth Expedition booklet they draw one biome and list two others that are within their country. Then they describe the climate of their land. Is it smoldering hot in some regions and icy cold in other parts of their country?
Next they take snapshots of the physical geography. They print out three landform photos to add to their booklet. Then they sketch two landforms.
While recording the physical geography, they notice the flora and fauna around them. It’s important for the students to list the major animals and plant life residing on their land. In their booklet, they snapshot two plants and two animals (print photographs). Then they draw one plant and one animal. Did they discover any new species to sketch?
After they have viewed the natural layout of their country, it’s time to decide on major attractions. Are there any currently on the country created by the land’s natives? If not, students decide what they would like to build on their land to drive tourists to their country. Is their country rural or urban? They design a city skyline, as well as three major attractions. Examples could be natural areas, such as a beach, or students could decide to build a theme park in their country. They add their designs to their Earth Expedition booklet.
Now that they have an idea of their country’s layout, students design currency for their country. They create a visual template of their currency in their booklet. Once they have decided on a design, they think about their land’s major natural resource and trade. What could they export from their country? What imports might their country need? How do the people in this country communicate? They decide on a national language and come up with a way to say “Hello,” in their land.
Then after they have discovered what resources their land is fruitful with, they come up with a national cuisine that their country will be known for. They also think about how people from their land will eat. Do they use silverware? Other things to ponder: Do they want to attract more people to live in their country? What is their country’s current population number? Students discover that it takes a lot to build a country!
Finally, the last part of their Earth Expedition recording booklet is to create an official map for their land with a key or legend, compass rose, landforms, bodies of water, nation’s capitol and borders with other countries. Once the students designs are complete, you can have a country celebration.
On TeachersPayTeachers, Kelli M. C. had a great idea for an addition to this project, posting: “We are going to add a gallery walk, have the students wear clothes that would be appropriate for their country and have students compare and contrast their country with another country.” Students can decide on what the natives of their country deem as fashionable. What should they wear based on their country’s climate?
Building connections with your students and their families aren’t always at the top of your teaching to do list, but it must be. Children with a strong home to school connections thrive at school and as preschool teachers, we can lay the foundation for a positive school experience for our students by making this a priority. Using the Funds of Knowledge framework is a great place to start this process.
What are Funds of Knowledge?
Funds of Knowledge are collections of knowledge based in cultural practices that are a part of families’ inner culture, work experience, or their daily routine. It is the knowledge and expertise that students and their family members have because of their roles in their families, communities, and culture.
Funds of Knowledge can include learning how to make Gnocchi from scratch or how to keep score at a curling match. It could be quilting or spinning wool into yarn. It could be how to fix a car, how to care for a crying baby, or how to prepare a Seder. What makes using these Funds of Knowledge so powerful is that it is culturally relevant to students. It brings more diversity into your classroom for students that don’t relate culturally. It offers teachers a chance to become researchers of their students’ lives. This allows us to better connect with our students’ home cultures and ultimately to act as a bridge when needed. And it creates a deeper connection to learning materials and classroom activities for our students.
As teachers, seeking out these Funds of Knowledge offer us a chance to see a more complex view of the families we serve and develop deeper relationships with them which can be harder to do when working cross-culturally but brings great benefits to both the students and our teaching practice.
This concept was developed by educational researchers Luis Moll, Cathy Amanti, Deborah Neff, and Norma Gonzalez. You can read more about the development of this concept and the research that went into it here.
Who Has Funds of Knowledge?
Every member of the school community. Your students, co-workers, and students’ families.
How Can I Incorporate Funds Of Knowledge Into My Early Childhood Classroom?
In the study linked above, there is a wonderful example of how a teacher used one child’s summer experience in Mexico to teach the class about candy making. It is clear, however, that these weren’t preschoolers they were teaching. For our purposes, I am going to simplify the concept for practical use in early childhood. In an early childhood education class this is how I would suggest implementing a Funds of Knowledge approach:
- If possible make home visits. I know that home visits are not possible for many of you. I have heard from so many teachers that visits are not permitted to for one reason or another. If you are not able to, have parent nights where only a limited number of parents come. Then repeat the process with options for daytime and nighttime meetings if possible. This will make it more accessible for parents who work shift work or who can not get childcare. Use these meetings to get to know the parents.
- Invite parents/ caregivers into your classroom to share their talents and expertise. This can be hard because parents often do not believe they have any. This is where knowing the parents helps. You know that one mom is a fire-fighter; ask her to come in an talk about fire safety, you know one dad makes the best cookies; ask him to make them with the children. Most parents will come in if you ask, the worst they can say is no.
- Find ways for parents to share their Funds of Knowledge outside of classroom hours. Perhaps a family art project to make a quilt square that a student’s grandmother will sew together on her own time. The teacher can then incorporate that into a lesson and keep the connection alive.
- Be open to students who want to share their Funds of Knowledge as well. Many in our age group (2-5) may not be interested but allowing children to share has great benefits like building confidence. Some children especially those in minority groups may not often feel seen. It offers them a chance to shine and share something significant with their peers and teachers.
- Use the knowledge you have gathered to create culturally relevant experiences for your students. You don’t have to rely on classroom visitors to do this.
- Build on these connections in your classroom over and over again. At the play dough table, then talk about making those special cookies with Hailey’s dad. When you are scooping out beans in the sensory bin, talk about cooking beans with Jaden’s mom… keep it going!
- Use the knowledge you learn from the families both with visits/ parent meetings and when they come in to share as a tool for connecting with their child. Remember those small significant bits of knowledge about each students family, of course, allow you to better connect with each one of your students. Of course, understanding where your students, even very young ones, are coming from changes how we teach.
I’ve simplified the approach for you in this post to break it down for an early childhood environment. The overall goal is for the teacher to learn from the student and family, connect, and then use that knowledge to create a more authentic learning environment for the child and class as a whole.