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20 Good Map Creation Tools for Students. A couple of years ago I published a list of 21 online map creation tools. Since then some of those tools have gone offline and new tools have replaced them. Here's my updated list of online map creation tools for students and teachers. Wikia Maps is a map creation tool from Wikia. Wikia Maps has two map creation options. You can use Wikia Maps to create maps in a manner similar to those that you may have previously created in Google Maps. Wikia calls those maps "real maps. " The truly cool feature of Wikia Maps is the option to create maps on pictures that you upload.

Odyssey.js is an open source map creation tool from CartoDB. Visits is an online tool for creating a location history timeline by using your Flickr images and Google Maps. National Geographic's Map Maker Interactive offers themes on which users can create custom map displays. IkiMap is a free service for creating custom maps online. Scribble Maps is a fun and useful application for drawing and typing on Google Maps. Bobdigby on Twitter: RT @SRNewitt via @TanyaAGT Cornwall 2nd poorest area of N Europe, after EU Objective One funding. #geographyteacher. Cartographic Anomalies: How Map Projections Have Shaped Our Perceptions of the World. At some point in all of our lives our perception of the world began to change- our knowledge of the world, from school or personal travel experience, began to grow in our minds a map of the world which started to encompass more than just our hometowns and the surrounding suburbs.

Soon this mental map started to include nearby states or territories, other countries, and slowly but surely a global mental map was created in each of our minds, unique and personal to every one of us. These mental maps have common elements; for instance, Canada on your mental map will always be Canada, although the outlines may be fuzzy if you aren’t from there or don’t have a specific memory tied to that location. We all generally can place Europe and Asia, India and Australia, South America and Africa on our maps.

Think of the map you learned about the world from in school- what did it look like? When you take a closer look at a map you may realize that not all is as it seems. References: ODT Maps. Cartography: The true true size of Africa. LAST month Kai Krause, a computer-graphics guru, caused a stir with a map entitled "The True Size of Africa", which showed the outlines of other countries crammed into the outline of the African continent. His aim was to make "a small contribution in the fight against rampant Immappancy"—in particular, the fact that most people do not realise how much the ubiquitous Mercator projection distorts the relative sizes of countries.

A sphere cannot be represented on a flat plane without distortion, which means all map projections distort in one way or another. Some projections show areas accurately but distort distances or scales, for example; others preserve the shapes of countries but misrepresent their areas. You can read all the gory details on Wikipedia. Gerardus Mercator's projection, published in 1569, was immediately useful because it depicts a line of constant bearing as a straight line, which is handy for marine navigation.

The story of the 2014 World Cup, in 15 maps. Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger, left, and Lukas Podolski celebrate with the trophy after the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader) And there you have it. On Sunday, Germany defeated Argentina 1-0 in extra time to win its fourth World Cup and its first since 1990. The month-long tournament in Brazil brimmed with storylines and all sorts of excitement.

Here's WorldViews retelling of the event through maps. The countries that qualified for the 2014 World Cup Wikimedia Commons The 32 countries that qualified are marked in blue: UEFA, the body that represents Europe, sent 13 nations; Concacaf, which accounts for North America, Central America and the Caribbean, sent four; Conmebol--South America--had six; there were four Asian teams (including Australia) and five from Africa. The 12 World Cup host cities Reuters The cosmopolitanism of the national teams Wikimedia Commons.