I love maps.
Especially fun and cool maps. So any session that is titled
Maps That Startle, Perplex, and Engage
has got my name written all over it.
We’re learning about a site called Patchwork Nation. It is legen . . . wait for it . . . dary. Legendary. How have I not heard of this place before?
Patchwork Nation basically says that generalizations such as red vs. blue, South vs. North, blue collar vs. white collar is too simplistic. These stereotypes are inadequate and misleading.
Patchwork Nation is a demographic / geographic breakdown of the nation into 12 different kinds of communities. Using counties as building blocks, they have identified different kinds of places – everything from rural agricultural areas to the wealthy suburban places, which they use to examine how various kinds of communities experience culture, the economy and politics.
Patchwork Nation makes open data easy. It delivers national data with local context while remaining visually intuitive for the reader. The interactive map helps break down national data to analyze how it impacts communities. We put data in the hands of the user, allowing him or her to compare different data sets and explore national data county-by-county.
Using the data gives you the chance to develop some very interesting questions: Read more
I know most of you already know this but for the few still in the dark?
National Geography Awareness Week starts in 10 days.
Yep. Exactly. That’s barely enough time to get ready. So . . . this is a heads up. Start getting ready.
This year’s theme is The New Age of Exploration and runs from November 17-23. Celebrated in conjunction with the National Geographic Society’s 125th birthday, the week’s theme focuses on how geography enables us to be intrepid explorers in our own way. Check out the newly created archive of past Geography Awareness Week materials, a new suite of resources all about geography as a field and discipline, and even more tips and tools at the official GeoWeek website.
You’re gonna find resources for all ages with activities and lessons that can be easily blended into your instruction.
You’ll also want to Read more
I’ll be honest. I threw that “align to the Common Core” phrase in there to suck in more site traffic. But, hey, you’re already here. You might as well browse through these sweet geography games that really are good for kids.
(Kidding! Common Core and C3 alignments at the bottom of the page!)
I love the Smithsonian magazine. Both the print and online versions. The articles are incredibly cool and range all over the place, from why we incorrectly believe that carrots help us see better to what people snacked on during the 1963 March on Washington.
During a recent run through their online history articles, I ran across a very cool interactive activity that lets you look at past and present maps of six major US cities. The magazine recently dipped into David Rumsey‘s collection of over 150,000 maps to find some of the best representations of American cities over the past couple hundred years. With some simple programming, they were able to overlay images of vintage maps of some major cities onto satellite images from today. Read more
Okay. It’s more than 2000. It’s way more than 2000. I’m just not sure how many it is and 2000 seemed like a safe, round number. You can find the more than 2000 historical maps using two very cool map finding tools.
Over the last couple of years the British Library has been busy geo-referencing its collection of historical maps. So far 2,236 historical maps around the world have been added to the British Library Map Finder. Need a map of the German defenses faced by Allied troops on D-day? How about a map used by British General Burgoyne at the 1777 siege at Saratoga, New York? Read more