5 Ways to Create Mapped Stories Creating mapped stories is one of my favorite activities to help history students see the significance of location in historical events. Most of the time I have students include dated placemarks on the mapped stories that they build. Here are five free tools that students can use to create mapped stories. The Google Earth Tour Builder allows students to create Google Earth tours in their web browsers. The Tour Builder uses a slide-like format for creating tours. Each slide or stop in the tour can have a date or range of dates attached to it.
GeoSilk GeoSilk is a set of icons designed for open source web-based geospatial software. The set is an extension of Mark James's Silk icons—probably the most widely used set of icons on the web—that incorporates metaphors for spatial constructs defined by Jody Garnett's uDig icons. Take a gander at the full set or download it from the SVN repository.
Maps Have Been Lying To You Your Entire Life The truth is that every map tells a lie, but they don’t all lie about the same thing. For example, Mercator projection maps—one of the most common in use today—exaggerate regions far from the equator. The Goode homolosine projection (pictured below) shows continents that are sized appropriately to one another, but with many interruptions and distortions of distance. Image Credit: Strebe / Wikimedia Commons This give-and-take of benefits has been a perennial problem in cartography. The issue is due to projection, which in map-making results from trying to turn a spherical globe into a flat plane.
Danny Dorling: Maps that show us who we are (not just where we are) I'd like you to imagine the world anew.I'd like to show you some maps,which have been drawn by Ben Hennig,of the planet in a waythat most of you will never have seen the planet depicted before. We worry about people.We worry about how many people there are.We worry about how you can get away from people.But this is the map of the world changed again to make area large,the further away people are from each area.So if you want to know where to go to get away from everybody,here's the best places to go.And every year, these areas get bigger,because every year, we are coming off the land globally.We are moving into the cities.We are packing in more densely.There are wolves again in Europe,and the wolves are moving west across the continent.Our world is changing. Thank you very much. (Applause)
Use Zeemaps with Your Students to Create Interactive Maps September , 2015 Zeemaps is another good website to use with students to create, publish and share interactive maps. Zeemaps allows you to visualize geographic data and customize your maps the way you want. You can for instance create maps of places you plan to visit with students or share maps of specific locations you have visited. And although it displays Google Maps, Zeemaps is not affiliated with Google and has its own servers where all created maps are stored.
Space-Time Research With self-service options offering enormous benefits in terms of speed, availability and cost, SuperWEB2 gives beautifully visualised ad-hoc tabulation on the internet. Featuring integrated charts, maps and metadata, users can help themselves to insights using their preferred browser, readily performing queries and selecting from a range of open standard outputs. With demand for timely information growing, SuperWEB2 offers self-service, web-based access to data for external, skilled users such as analysts, researchers and subject matter experts.
Geologists solve the mystery of what tectonic plates float on People were asked to rate about 10,000 words on a nine-point scale from saddest to happiest. Researchers then analysed how often they were used in literature and social media.Credit: istock In fiction, Pollyanna was a young girl who tried to cheer everybody up by urging them to look on the bright side of life. Paper planets, and how to make them - Philippe Rivière - Visionscarto At the D3.js unconf this September, Visionscarto brought some paper planets. Nothing like “cut, fold, glue” to understand how map projections work, and how far they are from the true shape of the globe. Here’s how we made them, and the PDF files to download and print if you want to play.
Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: 13 Great Tools for Creating Your Own Maps to Use in Class February 11, 2016 Today we have spent sometime going through our Map Tools archive and curated for you the collection below. These are some of the best tools out there that you can use with you students in class to create, annotate and share maps. We invite you to check them out and share with your colleagues. 1- Google My Maps Measuring Elevation, Distance And Area In Google Maps Zonum Solutions, the source of such utilities as shp2kml, kml2shp, kml2x, and DigiPoint, has just released another good one. MapTool not only lets you determine the coordinates and elevation of any point in Google Maps, but also lets you measure both distances and area directly in Google Maps as well. Go to the MapTool website, and move the cursor around the map – the coordinates will appear in the upper left-hand corner. Default is latitude/longitude, but if you check the UTM box, you will get UTM coordinates in meters; you can also turn off the zoom and scale bar by unchecking the appropriate boxes. Select “Elevation” from the drop-down box, click on a point on the map, and a green dot will be plotted, with the elevation at that point displayed in the bar at the top: For elevation, you have the choice of meters or feet.
Get to Know a Projection: Gene Keyes' 40-Year Quest for the Perfect Map - Wired Science Gene Keyes and his hand-drawn Cahill-Keyes projection. (Credit: Gene Keyes) All Gene Keyes ever wanted was a perfect map. It would have all the features in proportion, measured and accurate down to the tightest possible measurement. It would be a map he could look at for hours, days, years. Was it too much to ask to find a flat surface that projected the globe with minimal distortion, high accuracy, and maximum aesthetic appeal?
The New Google Earth is Made for Storytelling and Exploration The problem with Google Earth — the digital giant’s exploration service that uses images from satellites and its street-roving cars — was that people didn’t spend a lot of time with it. They would check the most obvious place one checks when looking at Google Earth for the first time, and then sort of give up. “The most popular thing people looked at on Google Earth was always [their own] home. Create, collaborate and share advanced custom maps with Google Maps Engine Lite (Beta) Maps are useful for visualizing and sharing information about places around the world. For enterprises, Google Maps Engine has been providing businesses with professional tools to help them organize large datasets, make decisions, and give their customers important details about their locations and services. Of course, experts aren’t the only ones who love to make maps. Today we're launching Google Maps Engine Lite (Beta), so any mapping enthusiast can now create and share robust custom maps using this powerful, easy-to-use tool. You can import small spreadsheets of locations onto a comprehensive map, visualize those places through a variety of styling and drawing options, and organize and compare up to three different data sets for your non-business purposes. Here are a few examples of maps that’ve been created with the new lite edition of Google Maps Engine.