New Map App: “Shout!” Along with Our Partners In Learning

Shout! LogoBing Maps continues its commitment to empowering educators and students with the “Shout!” map app.  The Shout! program invites educators and students to take an active role in global environmental issues and connects experts in the field to share ideas and collaborate to solve environmental challenges.

This map app displays the participating schools and the Smithsonian Tree Research Centers associated with the Shout Learning Initiative (www.shoutlearning.org).  The Smithsonian is the one of the initiative’s first key partners, along with Microsoft’s Partners In Learning Network and TakingITGlobal.

Main Screen for Shout! App

Check out the new map app, but I also encourage everyone to visit Shout’s website and learn more about their program and how you can get involved.

Brian Hendricks
Bing Maps

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Disclaimer: What Are Map Apps and How Do You Access Them?

If you’re new to Bing Maps and/or the Maps Blog, I want to make sure you know what map apps are and how you access them. Map Apps are a collection of extensions to traditional mapping features and an opportunity to expand how people can use maps to simplify tasks and find information. These map apps are developed by both Microsoft as well as third-party developers – anyone can build a map app (more information here). Some examples on how map apps can be used:

Map Apps help you plan a night out: “Restaurant Finder” helps you pick a restaurant, “Local Events” shows you things happening your area for after or before you eat, “Parking Finder” ensures you know where to park, and “Gas Prices” gives you the lowest local gas prices in case you need to fill up.

Map Apps tell you what’s going on in the world: “Twitter Maps” maps out location-coded tweets, “Local Lens” shows volunteer opportunities in your area, “Global Action Atlas” tells you all the major ‘giving back’ programs around the world, and “Today’s Front Pages” displays the front pages of the world’s newspapers.

The number of map apps is growing all the time, so be sure to check out not only the new map app features in this post but a lot of other one’s available too. And how do you do that?

1) Make sure you have Silverlight installed! Our map apps are only accessible with Silverlight. If you don’t have it installed, get it here.

2) If you usually go to http://www.bing.com/maps/, you may notice on the left-hand side a prompt to get more from Bing Maps and to “try it now” – the “it” is our Bing Maps Silverlight experience. Click that.

3) You’ll know if you’re in the Silverlight experience 2 ways – a) if there is a” “Map App” button in the lower left corner of your screen and b) if your url is http://www.bing.com/maps/explore

Thanks for your interest in map apps and I invite anyone who has an idea for a new map app to email me at Brian.Hendricks@Microsoft.com

-Brian

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