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9 Excellent Free Map Creation Tools for Teachers and Students

9 Excellent Free Map Creation Tools for Teachers and Students
1- Umapper UMapper is a great mapping tool for educators. It allows its users to create and manage interactive maps and geogames online. These maps can be shared with others or be embedded in blogs and websites 2- MapTiler This a tool that allows users to create overlay of standard maps like Google Maps, and Yahoo Maps and can also be visualized in 3D form. 3- Build A Map This is another cool tool for teachers to create maps. 4- World Map This one here is being developed by Center for Geographic Analysis at Harvard University and allows users to easily build their own mapping portal and publish it to the world or to just a few collaborators. 5- Map Faire This is a cool tool for teachers to create awesome maps and share them with their students. 6- MapFab This is a Google Maps editor that offers you a clever way to easily create and share your Google Maps . 7- Target Map 8- Scribble Maps This tool allows users to easily draw on maps and then share them with friends and colleagues. 9- Animaps Related:  KortGeographyGeografi 3D Panoramas Bromo volcano, Java, Indonesia Wayag Island, Raja Ampat, Indonesia Antarctic expedition of AirPano, Part I Volcano Klyuchevskaya Sopka, Kamchatka, Russia, 2015 Dubai, UAE Iceland, the best aerial panoramas New 7 Wonders of the World Petra, Jordan Great Wall of China Grand tour of Moscow, Russia Barcelona, Spain Everest, Himalayas, Nepal, Part II, December 2012 Santorini (Thira), Oia, Greece Plosky Tolbachik Volcano, Kamchatka, Russia, 2012 Iguazu Falls, Argentina-Brazil. <a href=" by Qualaroo</a> Half a million members creating, sharing and exploring great visual content. Join us! Login with Facebookor your e-mail Sign UpLog In Products Start creating, sharing & exploring great visuals today! Sign in with Facebook Which role describes you best? Almost there! Almost there! already has a Visually account, please choose one of the following options Are you ? Ignore Facebook signup and log in with Reset your Visually password Enter your username or e-mail address <a href=" title="Contact us" target="_blank">Questions? Relevant RelevantTrendingRecentViewedFavedCommented Staff Picks Topics AnimalsBusinessComputersEconomyEducationEntertainmentEnvironmentFoodGamingGeographyHealthHistoryHomeHow ToHuman RightsHumorLifestyleLove and SexOlympicsOtherPoliticsScienceSocial MediaSportsTechnologyTransportationTravel AllInfographicVideoInteractivePresentation Blogs By Nation - 2010 added by boostlabs 1 Likes

40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World If you’re a visual learner like myself, then you know maps, charts and infographics can really help bring data and information to life. Maps can make a point resonate with readers and this collection aims to do just that. Hopefully some of these maps will surprise you and you’ll learn something new. A few are important to know, some interpret and display data in a beautiful or creative way, and a few may even make you chuckle or shake your head. If you enjoy this collection of maps, the Sifter highly recommends the r/MapPorn sub reddit. You should also check out 1. 2. 3. 4. Pangea was a supercontinent that existed during the late Paleozoic and early Mesozoic eras, forming about 300 million years ago. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 37. 38. 39. 40. *Bonus* World Map Tattoo with Countries Visited Coloured

Do-It-Yourself GIS: 20 Free Tools & Data Sources for Creating Data Maps The world of mapping and presenting data sets through geographical representations is no longer relegated to GIS librarians and highly trained technologists. New free and open source applications now make it possible to create complex and robust data visualizations in the form of maps that display statistics and poll results. Here’s a guide to 20 free applications and data sources. Data Visualization Tools Click for Interactive map. Tableau Public This free, highly sophisticated software enables the lay person to create very complex graphical representations of data sets in minutes. Google Fusion Tables Google’s experimental Fusion Tables functionality allows you to upload an Excel spreadsheet and instantly create charts and maps from the data set. Click for Interactive Map. Open Heat Maps This simple and straightforward map generator lets you quickly upload your Excel or Google Docs spreadsheet and adjust the colors and settings for your custom map. Click for Interactive Map. Data Sources

Michael Pecirno's Minimal Maps Single Out American Land Use Patterns Most maps of the U.S. prioritize metropolitan areas. But "Minimal Maps" single out the nation's forests, crops, and waterbodies. Eighty percent of the U.S. population lives in "urban" areas, a staggering 249,253,271 souls. Yet these folks live in just 3 percent of the country's 2.3 billion acres of land. Most of America's 50 states are forestland (30 percent), pasture and ranges (27 percent), and crops (18 percent), with parks, tundra, and swamps making up the rest. These are statistics that never fail to blow my provincially urban mind—in part, perhaps, because most maps of the country visually prioritize metropolitan areas. But London-based designer Michael Pecirno produces images of America that illuminate all land use patterns, type by type. "[C]orn fields take up 91 million acres of the American landscape," writes Pecirno in an email. All images courtesy of Michael Pecirno.

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15 Stunning Data Visualizations (And What You Can Learn From Them) We’re literally drowning in data. Everyday, 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are created. This is the equivalent of 90% of the world’s information--created in the last two years alone. Now this is what we call “big data.” But where does it come from? Everywhere, from sensors and social media sites to digital images and videos. This is where data visualization comes into the picture. In the hopes of inspiring your own work, we’ve compiled 15 data visualizations that will not only blow your mind, they will also give you a clearer understanding of what makes a good visualization--and what makes a bad one. 1 It is interactive 2 It reveals trends The Year in News is a good example of how an expertly executed data visualization can reveal patterns and trends hiding beneath the surface of mountains of data. 3 It uses animation Ready? 4 It uses real images With so many data visualizations out there nowadays, it can be hard to find a unique angle that hasn’t been explored already. 5 It uses metaphors

The #1 reason people die early, in each country You're probably aware that heart disease and cancer are far and away the leading causes of death in America. But globally the picture is more complicated: (Vox / Anand Katakam and Joss Fong) It's worth stressing that "cause of lost years of life" and "cause of death" aren't identical. But that makes the fact that heart disease is the leading cause of lost life in so many countries all the more striking, and indicative of those countries' successes in reducing childhood mortality. On the flipside, the world is getting better in a great number of ways: Creating Simple Maps with Microsoft Excel Got MS Excel? Need a simple map? A little known tool in older versions of Microsoft’s Excel is the ability to create simple maps from tabular data. You can create simple chloropeth, chart and dot density maps using data organized by country, state or region. The instructions below are for Microsoft Excel versions earlier than Office 2000. was introduced by Microsoft to work with their Office software to create maps, see Create a Map with MapPoint and Excel for instructions. Create or load in an MS Excel compatible file. Tip: For a complete list of files that Excel can open check the descriptions in the “file types:” drop down in the open file GUI. Once you have loaded in or created the data you want to map, you will need to select the columns containing the data you want to map. Advertising

EarthViewer Interactives archive: Disasters Anatomy of KatrinaTrack the hurricane from its birth in the open ocean through its catastrophic encounter with the Gulf Coast. Anatomy of NyiragongoFind out what features make this unquiet volcano tick. Anatomy of a TsunamiFollow the tsunami from its birth at the seafloor to its devastating collision with coasts around the Indian Ocean. Asteroid That Hit L.A., TheA catastrophe calculator lets you try out some "what if" scenarios. Blasts From the PastExplore a clickable map of supereruptions around the world. How New Orleans FloodedExamine a visual chronology of exactly where and how 85 percent of the city wound up underwater. Map the FloodSee how much of your city would have been submerged. Once and Future TsunamisWith this interactive world map, learn about nine tsunamis, and see where the next one could strike. Rate Tornado DamageUse the Fujita Scale of tornado intensity to assess the level of destruction left in the wake of actual tornadoes.