Ira Bickoff Creates a New Way to Read Books: Google BookMap

Ira Bickoff  uses a new way to read primary source content in his marine science classes at Rondout Valley High School in New York State. Ira creates an overlay in Google Maps to create virtual BookMaps to integrate literature into the science content.

Ira Bickoff show #70 on Every Classroom Matters

If you think these are a traditional “Google Lit Trip” – you're wrong. Ira is putting the full book text into the map.  For lack of a better word, let's call it a Google BookMap because what Ira has created isn't a synopsis, but the full book.

Listen to Ira Describe BookMaps

Students read the book, learn geography, and investigate marine science with these map-based reading experiences.  The books are older with expired copyrights.

The opening excerpt of Ira Bickoff's Sail the Book Manual.

Ira Bickoff has created a new genre of book: the BookMap. Ira has written a manual to help you get started. Tweak your Google Map settings and you can read a full book. His resources are free.

He has  incorporated Civil War content, artwork, and other primary source material into the experience.

The Voyage of the Beagle is the most popular BookMap so far.  For his next project, he's talking to the daughter of the only American on the Endurance in the 1800’s about the material she co-wrote with her father.

Ira is a physics teacher. In Every Classroom Matters Show #70, Ira describes how he's integrated physics activities into one of his books.

Ira explains how to tweak Google Earth to use it with students in a full series of video tutorials. (See below.) He is using BookMaps to change the way people read books and to engage students in literature.

I'm curious if some students relate in positive ways to text embedded on a map.

Note to the reader. A traditional bookmap lists pages and page numbers, this is different. I guess you could call this a Google BookTrip. But, to me, in some ways, that term diminishes the work because students are reading the full book.  BookMap turns it into a proper noun, so that might work. What do you call this new genre? Does BookMap work for you? Discuss in the comments. (I'm happy to update this post as you add your thoughts.)

What a fascinating teacherpreneur! I hope you enjoy Ira Bickoff's free BookMaps with your students.

Listen to Ira Bickoff – Every Classroom Matters #70

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7 BookMaps Available from Ira Bickoff

  1. The Voyage of the Beagle
  2. Two Years Before the Mast
  3. Sailing Alone Around the World
  4. The Cruise of the Snark
  5. In the South Seas
  6. The Log from the Sea of Cortez
  7. South! The Story of Shackleton's Last Expedition 1914-1917

2 ArtMaps

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