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Storytelling with Maps

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

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.

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 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 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

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. The following is an annotated guide to some of the most useful visual resources available online. Gathered by scholars of American history and visual culture, each annotation describes the range and content of the website\'s visual resources and assesses its utility for teaching U.S. history. National Gallery of Art Teaching Resource: Exploring Themes in American Art Website Type: Archive Date Reviewed: Jan. 14, 2008 The National Gallery of Art’s website has produced a series of teaching resources that seek to illuminate the museum’s impressive collection by elaborating on the underlying historical context of each exhibited piece. American Beginnings: The European Presence in North America, 1492-1690 Date Reviewed: Jul. 1, 2008 This highly detailed site focuses attention on the earliest decades of European settlement in North America, using primary texts and illustrations as a means of engaging users’ understanding of a complex and often oversimplified historical interaction.

Solar System 101 Homework Help K-4 Kids Do It Yourself Games Select an Inner Planet Community | Schools Historypin is a great tool to use in schools and is being used all over the world in classrooms and to run events and projects with parents, families and local communities. Why use Historypin in schools? Improve communication, social and inter-personal skills Get families and carers more involved in the life of students and the school Build positive links between your school and the local community Engage students in curriculum subjects such as History, Computing, Geography, Citizenship and English with an exciting digital tool Run natural and meaningful inter-generational sessions and events Turn your students into local archivists How can I use it? There are three main ways to use Historypin, by Exploring it or by Adding to it or Curating stuff on it. Have a look at our How to Guides for more help How are other schools using it? In lots of varied and interesting ways! Have a look at our Case Studies for some ideas What are the best things to look at in the classroom?

Quel est le sport le plus pratiqué dans votre commune ? À partir des données du ministère des Sports en 2011, le site a réalisé une carte du sport le plus pratiqué dans chaque commune, avec pour chaque ville : le nombre de licenciés et le pourcentage de la population que ça représente. Ainsi, on ne s'étonnera pas de voir que le marron, couleur qui symbolise le rugby sur la carte, est plus présent dans le Sud-Ouest, idem pour la couleur rouge qui représente le basket dans les Landes et des tâches grises pour la pelote basque dans le Pays... basque. Autre enseignement : malgré cette diversité, le football reste le sport numéro 1 dans le Sud-Ouest. Et dans les plus (et moins) grandes villes du Sud-Ouest, quel sport compte le plus grand nombre de licenciés ? Gironde : Bordeaux > tennis ; Arcachon, Lacanau > golf ; Libourne > football Dordogne : Périgueux, Bergerac > football Landes : Mont-de-Marsan, Dax > football Lot-et-Garonne : Agen, Villeneuve-sur-Lot > football Pyrénées-Atlantiques : Bayonne, Pau > football ; Biarritz > golf