Visualizing Global Studies: A Mapping Workshop for Educators

August 4-7, 2014

Please Note: The deadline to apply for this workshop has passed.  Educators who do not attend in person are invited to check back to this page for recordings and other resources from the workshop that will be publicly posted.  

Our 2014 four-day intensive summer workshop will focus on the use of digital media and mapping resources in the classroom. Geared toward secondary educators in the humanities and social sciences but open to those in all subjects, the workshop will feature training in tools for data visualization, map creation, map annotation, and map-based storytelling, a guided look into available online collections of maps and geographic data, as well as presentations by scholars and experts who are using these resources in their own work. Workshop participants will develop their own projects throughout the course of the week using these digital tools.

Tools discussed may include WorldMap, HealthMap, TweetMapNeatline and Google Earth, all freely available online.

No prior experience or knowledge of digital mapping or specific software is required, but a willingness to engage fully in a rigorous program is essential. Please note that each participant will be expected to develop a specific tool or resource for classroom use based on their participation in the workshop—time and space will be provided within the four-day workshop to develop this project collaboratively with peer-teachers and Harvard-staff with expertise on both regional content and mapping technology. Given that our collaborating centers represent a variety of world regions, we will seek to maintain a group with diverse interests, exploring mapping from different global, national, and local contexts.


Interested participants are asked to submit a short statement of interest detailing concrete ways in which they hope to integrate mapping tools and approaches into their classroom. 

Apply online for this program here. The application deadline is April 8, 2014.

The cost for this four-day workshop is $40.  

Graduate credit from Framingham State University is pending approval.  Graduate credit requires completion of written assignments and an additional fee.     

Questions about the workshop?  Email


We are looking for Master Teachers to present on their own work using various methods of mapping in the classroom. If you are interested, please contact

Examples of Master Teacher projects might include:

Original lesson plans or units around existing mapping resources successfully employed in your classroom, sharing best practices of effective interdisciplinary teaching partnerships and curricula units incorporating maps, using mapping tools and curricula units to teach, highlight and demonstrate students' global competency.

Sponsored by the Asia Center, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Committee on African Studies, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard Global Health Institute, and South Asia Institute; Harvard University.