008 - Medieval


Factual Question

How can ESRI ArcGIS help us tell the 'story' of our Medieval Journey?

Key Terminology

            • Pilgrimage
            • Journey
            • Natural Landscape

Define the words above using the useful links below and your own knowledge.

Useful Links

Activity One - Causes of Travel

It is important to have a look at why and how people traveled in the Medieval Times as they were not as isolated or 'cut off' from other areas as we might believe. We will be completing Activities Two and Three (below) after we have come back from the Medieval Journeys trip in May/June. Before we go on the trip though we need to look at how people traveled in the Middle Ages and why they would go on such hard journeys. To do this we are going to use the 'Contrast and Connections' textbook pages 102 - 107. Answer all the questions in the yellow and blue boxes.

Activity Two - Map Route

Now you have returned from the Medieval Journeys trip will be recording what we did, where we went, how we got there and what you learnt on the way. To do all of this you will be using ESRI ArcGIS to illustrate our route on our Year 8 'Medieval Journey' trip. Some of you may have used this programme earlier in the year in the 'Extension Programme' but as a reminder follow the steps below to sign in.

      1. Go to the website address - ecolint.maps.arcgis.com
      2. You will need to sign in using your first name . surname and the password you set up earlier in the year. Your password is hopefully the same as your school mail password.
      3. Follow Step One and Step Two images to get to a map and to choose a base map. Choose a base map that is going to show your pins clearly.
      4. Once you have chosen your base map, you now need to 'pin' each site we visited, each beginning and end stop for the transport and where we stayed overnight. Follow Step Three on how to pin and search.
                • You can change the colour or shape of the pin to represent:
                    • Travel
                    • Site
                    • Accommodation
                    • Food
                    • Use Step Four to help you change the shape or colour of your pin.

You MUST SAVE your work every 10 minutes as arcGIS does not save automatically. If you don't save you lose all your work!

Useful Information

      • The itinerary scroll is below the steps.
      • If the search engine does not bring up the exact site then search for the actual address using google. Sometimes the addresses won't come up in arcGIS as it is not as commercial as Google and therefore it is not collecting the wealth of information it needs to be perfectly accurate.

Step One - How to get a map.

Step Two - How to choose a base map.

Remember you should choose a base map that is going to show your information clearly.

Step Three - How to add map notes, pin sites/stops and search.

Step Four - How to change the map pin symbol and colour.

Activity Three - Story Map Journal

Now you have created the route of our journey on arcGIS we are now going to create a story map journal to describe the different sites we visited. Follow the instructions below for the content that is needed for the front cover, sections, and stops. Below the instructions are images of how to get to the story map journal web app on arcGIS and how to create/edit the different sections.

Page One - Front Cover.

Answer the following questions on the initial page to set the scene for this work:

            1. What is a pilgrimage?
            2. Why do people go on pilgrimages?
            3. Where do people go on pilgrimages?
            4. Where did we go on this journey?

Add Sections - Sites, Travel Stops, Accommodation.


For each site that we visited make sure you include the following points in your descriptions:

            • Why was the site important during the medieval era?
            • Description of the site - location, size, shape, rooms etc.
            • What did you think of the site? Would you recommend going?

Travel Stops

For each journey that we went on make sure you include the following points in your descriptions:

            • Time the form of transport left and then arrived at the next point.
            • The platform or spot that we got in the form of transport.
            • Why did we use that form of transport? Think about speed, ease, ability to really see the location of the site that we visited.

Step One - Opening your previous map from activity one.

Step Two - How to share and create a web app.

Step Three - Giving your web app a name and tagging it.

Step Four - Choosing a specific web app - Story Map Journal

Step Five - Give the Story Map Journal a title along with your name, then choose where you would like your panel of information to be.

Step Six - Choosing a base map for the main stage panel.

Step Seven - Side panel content, this is where you put your written work.

Step Eight - How to custom configure your map (to zoom in to a specific location to link to specific written content).

Step Nine - How to edit you side panel content.

Step Ten - Reopening your story map next time. Complete step one first and then see below.

Step Eleven - Sharing your map with me once finished.

Useful Resources

Team A

Team B

How will I be assessed?

Criterion A: Knowing and Understanding

Criterion C: Communicating