With a myriad of tools at a teacher's disposal, knowing which ones offer the most bang for the buck is essential. I recently read some online discussions and articles on the benefits and challenges of interactive white boards that got my attention, wouldn't it be nice to have that a similar tool without the extra equipment and training necessary! Sketch-A-Map is a free web-based mapping tool that allows you to interact with maps and data. You only need your internet browser to access and use this tool. We all need maps in our classroom discussions...they bring the real world, quite literally, into the classroom and offer great connections for kids to see purpose in their learning. As an English Language Arts teacher, I'm always in the market for tools that make "dead authors and dusty books" more relevant to a Facebooking, Tweeting, technology-laded generation of students.