January 12, 2014
After more poking around, I found using a custom webapp to be the answer. After sharing, I did find the Directions widget would cause the app to send me to our org account login page. The app and it's data were shared with Everyone, so I'm not sure why this is happening. It's not vital, but would be a cool addition.
So, here's what we have now:
I'll set up a Splash widget today that will have instructions as to how to use the widgets. Until then, take a look and let me know what you think:
January 5, 2015
I've been working with our Community Service director here at Albuquerque Academy, her intern and a couple of seniors on developing data content and maps to illustrate options for, well, community service agencies.
After poking around at figuring out something as simple as using ArcMap to actually upload the location data to our Organizational Account (don't ask me why I didn't do this in the first place!), we then had to decide what online mapping templates would accomplish our needs:
- Display locations of various volunteer agencies
- Allow students to search for keywords to find agencies that may be of interest
- A way to have the keywords available for use in the query/filter
- Show only the data pertinent to students (we have a lot of data in the database, but not all is needed for this activity)
- Have the ability to show distances from a student's home to the agency location
- All of the above in one online map interface that requires minimal effort for users
I'm happy to report we've overcome most of the obstacles and are almost ready to roll out the two map templates for students to use! If you'd like to take a sneak peak, please visit: http://bit.ly/1Fc4HxN
We are still working out details and tweaking, but if you have comments or ideas, please let me know! (BTW: We distributed the map via our Canvas LMS and have a list of keywords on that page, so the little keyword green square on the map isn't really needed).
Our second option, not ready for public perusal is the use of Filter, which is nice as it only displays the locations that contain the keyword used:
It's been a fun project and students are finding it useful, so that's what matters!