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digital urban | modelling, visualising, sensing and visualising urban environments 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

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.

News and Features — eBird Sam Murray, June eBirder of the Month Please join us in congratulating Sam Murray of Augusta, GA, winner of the June 2017 eBird Challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics. Our June winner was drawn from eBirders who submitted 15 or more eligible checklists containing at least one breeding code in June. Sam’s name was drawn randomly from the 1,769 eligible eBirders who achieved the June challenge threshold. Sam will receive new ZEISS Conquest HD 8×42 binoculars for his eBirding efforts. eBird Illustrated Checklists are here! You can now view a digital bird guide for any hotspot or region in the world: an Illustrated Checklist. eBird Server Maintenance on July 20 – website unavailable 03:30-08:00ET All of eBird will be unavailable on July 20 between 03:30-08:00ET (08:30-13:00GMT), due to regularly scheduled server and database maintenance. Edward W. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology invites applications for our Edward W. Bird Academy giveaway: How to Identify Bird Songs

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.

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.

Python Programming Language – Official Website 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

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