- Google Earth.
- Landsat images.
- Change over time.
- Cool tools for instruction.
What do they all have in common?
Psst. I’ll give you a hint. They were approved last month.
That’s right! The new Kansas social studies standards and even some of the Common Core literacy pieces are asking kids to analyze change over time and to evaluate relationships between people and place. And it’s a good thing.
But are there tools floating around that I can use to help kids do that? Read more
It’s always a great day when I get to spend time with people who love talking history. That was my day yesterday. Strategies, resources, what works, what doesn’t.
Part of the time involved what I call “play time.” Most teachers have a limited time during a typical day to just play around – browse for resources, chat about scope and sequence, argue about Kennedy’s response to Soviet missiles in Cuba.
You know. The part of the day when real professional learning happens.
It was during this period of sharing and browsing that a teacher found an awesome site that she passed on to me.
I’ve been on a maps kick lately. So today?
No strategies. No teaching ideas.
Just some fun maps that you didn’t know you needed.
If you’re a maphead, this post’s for you. And yes, you may discover that there is an . . . mmm, interesting term used to describe the act of looking at fun maps you didn’t know you needed. And yes, it is a legitimate term. So if your school’s filter blocks out some of the links below, tell your tech admin to lighten up. It’s just maps.
I love maps.
Seriously. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t love maps.
I spent countless hours during my growing up summers in the cool basement, browsing through boxes of old National Geographic magazines – searching for and studying their wonderful maps. And even today, the monthly arrival of the National Geo mag means nothing gets done until I flip through all the pages checking for those very cool inserted maps. We have more than a few old geography textbooks in my house. Atlases. Gazetteers. Boxes of state maps collected during trips. Folded city maps.
When I left one particular school district, I even took the pull-down maps with me because I knew they were being replaced over the summer and would get thrown out. (That’s just between you and me, of course.)
So today when I ran across the book titled A Map of the World: The World According to Illustrators and Storytellers, my to-do list got pushed to the back burner. It’s a very cool book that captures a wide variety of map styles and tells a powerful story about how people view the world.
Drawing a map means understanding our world a bit better. For centuries, we have used the tools of cartography to represent both our immediate surroundings and the world at large–and to convey them to others. In our age of satellite navigation systems and Google Maps, personal interpretations of the world around us are becoming more relevant. Publications, the tourism industry, and other commercial parties are using these contemporary, personal maps to showcase specific regions, to characterize local scenes, to generate moods, and to tell stories beyond sheer navigation. A new generation of designers, illustrators, and mapmakers are currently discovering their passion for various forms of illustrative cartography.