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2 ways to document and share your summer adventures using ArcGIS

For many of us, summertime is a time of adventure and exploration. A great way to share your summer experiences is to document them in fun and interesting ways. Find out how you can do this by using different Esri applications, and share your story map to win a prize and maybe your summer adventure will be highlighted in a future blog post!

Summertime and the living is easy. School’s out and it’s vacation time for many of us. No matter what you’re doing this summer, why not document your adventures using ArcGIS?

Here are a couple of fun ways to re-create your trip and share it with others:

1. Snap2Map it!

Snap2Map is an application that allows you to create a map tour story map on the go. You can take photos of the key places you want to share. Upload photos directly from your mobile device to create a map tour story map while you're out exploring. Photos are geotagged from your device, and you're able to add captions and descriptions to each photo as you wish. The story map and the attached photos are saved into your ArcGIS Online Organizational account, allowing you to edit and share as you wish. Use this Snap2Map tutorial to get started!

An example of a story map created using Snap2Map.

2. Story Map it!

Using a story map template of your choice, create a “story”of your summer adventure. Tell your story with maps, photos, text and videos and share your experience with family members and students in your new class in September.

My trip to Normandy story map created by an Education and Research associate.

Share your work on Twitter or Facebook with the hashtag #MySummerAdventure, or simply email it to us, and you could win a prize and have your experience and app highlighted in a future blog post.

If you’re a K-12 teacher who’s interested in getting an ArcGIS Online organizational account, fill out the online request at

Find free ArcGIS Online resources at

About the Author

Angela Alexander is a K-12 Education Resource Developer on the Esri Canada Education and Research team. She has over six years of experience working with educators across Canada. Angela is responsible for producing geographic information system (GIS) and curriculum specific resources, conducting and creating custom workshops for educators and judging and developing the question for the annual GIS Skills Ontario competition in Waterloo, Ontario. Angela has a Bachelor’s degree in Geography and Sociology from the University of Western Ontario and completed the Applied Digital Geography and GIS certificate program at Ryerson University.

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