Maps Gallery works like an interactive, digital atlas that lets you search for and find powerful, compelling maps. It’s much like the Gallery of tours you can find via the Google Earth tool. One of the biggest differences is that the Google Maps Gallery contains maps created by a variety of organizations, both public and private, and so you can find all sorts of maps, many mostly inaccessible to the public before now. Read more
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Four times a year, an awesome group of middle school teachers show up here and we talk social studies all day. And, yes, it is lots of fun. One of the things we’ve tried to do during our sessions is to bring in outside experts from the different social studies disciplines. And today we have Lisa and John from the Kansas Geographic Alliance, sharing some sweet ideas and resources. Get the goodies from today here. Get all of their stuff here.
They shared the prediction that geospatial jobs will be one of the fastest growing jobs over the next 20 years. There is a huge need for kids who understand geography and how it connects to everything. It’s not about the what anymore, it’s about the where.
Need a bit of a taste of their stuff? Read more
I’ve been on a map kick recently.
Recently might be a bit relative. Recently and maps for me means since sometime during the early 1970s. But over the last few week, I have perhaps can a little past the normal map crazy.
And thanks to Lisa and her recent comment, I’ve gotten hooked on a whole new set of tools. Called MappingWorlds, the site offers users a new way to look at the world by resizing countries on the map in relation to a series of global issues. For examples, you can view which states have the most Big Foot sightings (Kansas – 26) or which states have the largest budget shortfalls (Kansas – $137 million). Users can then download data sets, maps and animations which can be shared across the Internet through websites, blogs, and email.
Created by a Dutch group, MappingWorlds provides a great way for kids to see data in a way that makes sense. We can talk about how many people live in China and India but when a kid sees those numbers via a MappingWorld graphic, deeper understanding starts to happen.
You can look at data for both the US, the world, and for some reason, Japan. So . . . you’re able to show the number of Sumo wrestlers by perfecture if you want.
Seems like a great place to start asking really good questions for your kids to noodle through.
(A similar site to look at is WorldMapper.)
“A map does not just chart, it unlocks and formulates meaning; it forms bridges between here and there, between disparate ideas that we did not know were previously connected.”
The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet
Tons of geography stuff.
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If a gift is given two weeks after December 25th, is it just a little late or incredibly early?
I’m not really clear on the Christmas gifting protocol so let’s just call the animated Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States a New Year’s surprise.
You all know my love of a good map. A recent purchase was a 1945 Collier’s World Atlas and Gazetteer that easily occupied several hours of my time. There’s just something about a good map that grabs hold and sucks me in – I start measuring distances and looking for old images online and browsing contemporary StreetViews and thinking about ways to use the maps with kids and . . . well, you’ve heard this all before.
One of my favorite map quotes is from Miles Harvey, author of The Island of Lost Maps:
Sometimes a map speaks in terms of physical geography, but just as often it muses on the jagged terrain of the heart, the distant vistas of memory or the fantastic landscape of dreams.
That is why the animated Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States is so incredibly cool. Read more