Learning Journeys with Tube Maps

A while ago I came across the idea of using tube maps to visually present information, connections and represent a ‘journey’. Amongst my favourite tube maps is this fantastic connectives map created by Jamie Clark @jamieclark85


I love how visually appealing this is for students to use and develop their writing skills.

On the back of this I decided to create my own to promote our School’s Sixth Form offer (below). Quite a complicated example, but that was the point. It’s hard to express everything we do, but this goes some way to represent it visually and create a talking point with students and parents. We printed this on the reverse of of Sixth Form open morning programmes and displayed it on screens around the Sixth Form.

I also took this a step further by creating an interactive tube map for students to explore. This involved creating ‘hot spots’ over each station using a brilliant site – Thinglink http://www.thinglink.com

Thinglink allows you to create interactive images that can be embedded anywhere using text, images and video. Now, whenever someone moves their cursor over a station more info is accessible through a small text box that pops up or a short video played within the window. A work in progress, but here’s the initial results.


I made this using a DTP package, but a website you can use to build your own tube map is http://www.beno.org.uk/metromapcreator/

Please share any examples of tube maps for learning or your own examples of ¬†‘Thinglinks’.




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