Teachers' Section

Use Cartograf on a daily basis!
Location, location, location. It is something you can refer to every day,
for every topic, in pretty much every subject area!. Cartograf is your new wall map!

In other words, yes, it's okay to use Cartograf as a "teaching tool" too, up front while you locate the topic of your lesson, when showing documents in context on a map, even for playing videos embedded inside a map! Cartograf is a great motivation tool, and will help students make sense of space and time. And when you model all the mapping skills within Cartograf, they too will understand its capabilities.

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Creating mapping scenarios for your students?
Teachers may want to create learning scenarios that use the Cartograf mapping space. Typically the Description area of the map is used to add instructions. However you can also add instructions inside a Point of Interest markers, Shapes or Lines. Similarly, students can respond to questions in either place, once they have duplicated the original map or started their own.

But what is a "scenario"? Click HOME to view a few samples! They are not really complete units or Learning Situations (though they could be part of one!) Often shorter, a Cartograf scenario is more like series of activities that involve mapping skills and possibly image editing inside the tool. Usually a few intellectual operations are practiced, and sometimes even evaluated.

Again browse some of our public scenarios on our Homepage, to get a better idea of what is possible.

And learn what to include in a scenario by reading the following document ( by S. Lussier, LBPSB):
- What are the essential elements of a scenario?
- Quels sont les éléments essentiels d’un scénario?

You can now print your maps! Open the Share tab and make sure you have a entered a share code. You will then notice two buttons, both of which print your maps onto several pages. And by maps we mean, they will print your legend, and the points, shapes, and lines of your map... and of ALL the maps on the same share code!

Notes: The second button prints large versions of the attachments inside points and shapes. Also, it is advisable to print to PDF first. (Google Chrome has this option built in). This is because, depending on your map's description length and the initial shape of your browser window, to get your pages to fit correctly into the PDF you must first choose Landscape setup, and then you may need to try Letter, A4 and sometimes even Legal sizes to get your map to print correctly. Careful, PDFs can be very long! You may want to print only certain pages. Press Okay to return to your map once done!

Making instructions more visual: Inserting "System Icons"
Sometimes to make instructions clearer, you may want to insert icons into your description.
Below you will find the codes to insert system icons. You can also just open then Duplicate this map! If you edit its description you will find these codes and other too, including codes for Intellectual Operations icons.

Zoom tool Image
{img src="styles/CartoGraf/img/btnNaviguation_3.png"}
The Reset Zoom function Image
{img src="styles/CartoGraf/img/btnNaviguation_1.png"}
Pan/Zoom hand Image
{img src="styles/CartoGraf/img/btnNaviguation_2.png"}
Select/Modify arrow Image
{img src="styles/CartoGraf/img/btnPointer.png"}
LINES button Image
{img src="styles/CartoGraf/img/btnOutils_4.png"}.
Draw Polygon button Image
{img src="styles/CartoGraf/img/btnOutils_5.png"}
Panorama mode Image
{img src="styles/CartoGraf/img/btnStreetView.png"}
Point of Interest marker Image
{img src="styles/CartoGraf/img/btnOutils_8.png"}
Edit/Draw on image Image
{img src="img/icons/page_edit.png"}

Inserting Custom Icons into descriptions
Similar to above, the Custom icons available for point labels can also be inserted into descriptions and into texts in points. In your instructions you might also want to specify which point a student must examine, by referring to the icon itself, and it helps when students can see what the icon looks like.

To insert an icon from our collections into a description, you can use the same format as above, but you first need to get the image url of the original icon. For example, to get the image address for this Farm icon Image you have to open any point of interest, edit the icon, then browse to that icon's category, which in this case is Agriculture. There you can right-click the icon itself to get its URL which is http://cartograf.learnquebec.ca/dl800. So, the code for the farm icon would be
{img src="http://cartograf.learnquebec.ca/dl800"}
(Note: If you have a suggestion for an icon to be added, send it to cartograf AT learnquebec DOT ca)

Attaching vs. Inserting Images
There are now two ways to add images to Points of Interest and to Shapes and Lines.
The normal way is via the Attachment tab. Image
We have increased the number of photos to add to 4. They will display to fill up to the width of the description box, and when clicking they will open a new window to display a larger size (if available) for other uses.
A second way is now available. You can now see a "Choose or upload images" button in the editors. Image
If you click it you will be able to "Browse Files" to your "User File Galleries". Double-clicking an image will insert the code in this form
{img fileId="2808" thumb="y" rel="box[g]"}
which will display your image as a thumbnail that will enlarge when clicked.
You can also edit that code to display the image differently, by using these sort of options:
{img fileId="2808”}  for just the image only
{img fileId="2808" thumb="popup”}  to popup the image into another window.
{img fileId="2808"  max="300”}  to adjust the size to 300 pixels 
{img fileId="2808" thumb="popup" max="300”}  to adjust size AND also popup

Note: You should either own or have the right to use the images you use in Cartograf.
A great place to find Creative Commons licensed images, which already have the source information on them, is at Photos For Class.

Neat trick! A print version of the description!
Not sure if this bug/feature will carry over into future versions of Cartograf, but it is possible to link directly to a printable page that contains your maps description. This will also show up in search engines and occasionally you might find your map this way. Examine the link below. The object number is your map number. If you can see your map number in your maps URL, replace it into this format and you get a link to your map's description that is printable. Click the link below to see the description for my Cairo activity.