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Storytelling with Maps

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Atlas of Design "Any city-dweller knows that most neighborhoods don’t have clear boundaries. Yet on maps, neighborhoods are almost always drawn as perfectly bounded areas with sharp edges—homogeneous zones of ethnicity or class." Matt Forrest & Kate Chanba "Bringing this local identity into the map without sacrificing its navigational functionality was our biggest challenge, but an important one: as simple as fonts and colors are, they can speak volumes about a city." Tanya M. "The spreads in this section depart from the detailed, scientific presentation used elsewhere in the atlas, and evoke instead a field notebook style, wherein the maps appear to be produced by a hand-drawn, loose, pen/ink, and/or watercolor medium." "Over the years I have developed a map aesthetic for the magazine that features soft, muted raster backgrounds upon which more important thematic vector data and textual information are positioned." Brian E. Bieke Cattoor & Bruno De Meulder Sarah Williams & Juan Francisco Saldarriaga

{geography lab} salt dough land forms Are you good at geography? I never understood geography until I was an adult. I think for many kids, geography is too abstract and seems meaningless. I discovered that I learn places on a map from experience, either traveling or through really amazing stories. The notion of memorizing capitals and countries without a tether to something real is about as alluring to me as cleaning the bathroom. To that end, my kids recently did a project that would be amazing for anyone learning about a specific place. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. You can make these and store them in pizza boxes if you want. The physical connection to the the land form makes understanding our state so much easier. Have you done this with your kids? What would be the defining feature for your state? Make salt dough

Historypin | Home 10 Ways That Mobile Learning Will Revolutionize Education Smartphones and tablet computers are radically transforming how we access our shared knowledge sources by keeping us constantly connected to near-infinite volumes of raw data and information. We enjoy unprecedented instant access to expertise, from informal cooking lessons on YouTube to online university courses. Every day people around the globe are absorbed in exciting new forms of learning, and yet traditional schools and university systems are still struggling to leverage the many opportunities for innovation in this area. Recently frog has been researching how learning models are evolving—and how they can be improved—via the influence of mobile technologies. We’ve found that the education industry needs new models and fresh frameworks to avoid losing touch with the radically evolving needs of its many current and potential new constituencies. We have been focusing on the concept of mLearning—where "m" usually stands for "mobile" but also just as easily for "me." 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Alice.org Alice is an innovative 3D programming environment that makes it easy to create an animation for telling a story, playing an interactive game, or a video to share on the web. Alice is a freely available teaching tool designed to be a student's first exposure to object-oriented programming. It allows students to learn fundamental programming concepts in the context of creating animated movies and simple video games. In Alice, 3-D objects (e.g., people, animals, and vehicles) populate a virtual world and students create a program to animate the objects. In Alice's interactive interface, students drag and drop graphic tiles to create a program, where the instructions correspond to standard statements in a production oriented programming language, such as Java, C++, and C#. Alice Overview Download this video (right-click [ctrl-click on a Mac] > Save File As...): Quicktime (11 MB) From an interview for the Manuel Sadosky Foundation, Buenos Aires, Argentina, May 2014.

Sightsmap Sight Word Road Map Game First, we made houses and buildings for our "town". After they decorated them, I wrote different numbers that I wanted my daughter to practice on them. Then, I used masking tape to make the roads and I wrote different sight words for the street names. We set up the houses on the streets and then started our delivery business. I would tell my daughter which house number on what street needed a delivery with her little toy car. For example, "Go to house #13 on See Street.

Writing about History Fair-Use Policy Primary Sources and Secondary Sources What is a Primary Source? A primary source is a document that was created at the time of the event or subject you've chosen to study or by people who were observers of or participants in that event or topic. If, for example, your topic is the experience of workers in the Chicago packinghouses during the first decades of the twentieth century, your primary sources might be: Chicago newspapers, c. 1900-1920, in a variety of languages. The medium of the primary source can be anything, including written texts, objects, buildings, films, paintings, cartoons, etc. Primary sources would not, however, include books written by historians about this topic, because books written by historians are called "secondary" sources. What are Secondary Sources? Once you have a topic in mind, you need to find out what other scholars have written about your topic. You want to move past just looking for books in the library. Let's take this one step at a time.

SimCityEDU | Create & Share SimCity Learning Tools 6 Ways to Tell Your Story With Interactive Maps | MSDS Brand Strategy & Design If you’re into interactive maps, it’s a good time to be alive! Seems we’ve entered a golden era of interactive mapping, with no shortage of exciting ways to display geographically-specific data. In the last few years alone, we’ve seen exponential growth in interactive mapping software that presents data from all sorts of angles. But while being spoiled for choice can be a good thing, all this product and feature clutter makes it difficult to make a choice. When we have a client who wants to design an interactive map, our first question is not, “What kind of map do you need?” So, let's say you want to add an interactive map to your website. Assuming you may not have had time to navigate the world of online mapping software and could use some help designing for impact using geographic data, hopefully I can offer some insight gained over years of helping clients tell their story using interactive maps. 3 Things Before You Dive In Your Data: What kind of data do you have? 1. 2. 1a. 1b. 1c.

40 more maps that explain the world Maps seemed to be everywhere in 2013, a trend I like to think we encouraged along with August's 40 maps that explain the world. Maps can be a remarkably powerful tool for understanding the world and how it works, but they show only what you ask them to. You might consider this, then, a collection of maps meant to inspire your inner map nerd. I've searched far and wide for maps that can reveal and surprise and inform in ways that the daily headlines might not, with a careful eye for sourcing and detail. I've included a link for more information on just about every one. Enjoy. 1. Data source: Oak Ridge National Laboratory, World Bank. Those dots represent people: the brighter the dot, the more people. 2. Click to enlarge. Human beings first left Africa about 60,000 years ago in a series of waves that peopled the globe. 3. (Wikimedia commons) The Mongol conquests are difficult to fathom. 4. Click to enlarge. This map shows the Spanish and Portuguese empires at their height. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

Clay Model Of the Earth’s Layers 13 Apr 2013 Making a 3D model is an easy hands-on way for kids to learn what the Earth is made of. We read about the Earth’s layers, to begin with, in The Magic Schoolbus – Inside the Earth . Then we grabbed some clay and the children used the pictures from the book to make their own models. First roll a small ball of clay for the solid metal inner core . The inner core is about 1,500 miles in diameter. Next the melted metal outer core . Then the solid rock mantle . Followed by the Earth’s crust (one layer in our models, but in reality, layers of sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous rock). And finally, the oceans and continents. When you’re done, use a sharp knife to cut your Earth in half to reveal it in cross-section. C(9) used a toothpick to label the layers. Top Tips For Making A Clay Model Earth (What We Might Do Differently…) Use play dough rather than plasticine, especially in winter. Hat Tip Further Resources I’m appreciatively linking up with: Science Sunday at Adventures in Mommydom

11 LEGO Recreations Of The World’s Most Famous Photos The recreation of events have been achieved in many media formats from photographs to movies but in this post, Designussion showcases something a little different. The following images are recreations of some of the worlds most famous photos in LEGO. Enjoy. Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 This famous photo, taken on 5 June 1989 by photographer Jeff Widener, depicts an unknown man halting the PLA’s advancing tanks near Tiananmen Square. Lunch atop a Skyscraper [1932] Lunch Atop a Skyscraper is a famous photograph taken in 1932 by Charles C. Reichstag flag [1945] Soviet Union soldiers Raqymzhan Qoshqarbaev and Georgij Bulatov raising the flag on the roof of Reichstag building in Berlin, Germany in May, 1945. Afghan Girl [1984] The picture of Sharbat Gula, as it appeared on the June, 1985 National Geographic cover. Portrait of Winston Churchill [1941] This photograph was taken by Yousuf Karsh, a Canadian photographer, when Winston Churchill came to Ottawa. U.S. Man On The Moon 1969

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