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Speaking the “Language” of Spatial Analysis via Story Maps

Speaking the “Language” of Spatial Analysis via Story Maps | AP Human Geography Education | Scoop.it

"Spatial analysis has always been a hallmark of GIS, the 'numerical recipes' which set GIS apart from other forms of computerized visualization and information management. With GIS we pose questions and derive results using a wide array of analytical tools to help us understand and compare places, determine how places are related, find the best locations and paths, detect and quantify patterns, and even to make spatial predictions."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, October 21, 2014 7:50 PM

GIS is a key tool in spatial analysis, but it can also be a driving force in using math, science, technology and (yes) geography as interdisciplinary ways of teaching the curriculum.  StoryMaps can be rich with images and videos, but also filled with data at a variety of scales.  ESRI has share a "Maps we love" page with excellent examples of Story Maps and carefully explains WHY these maps work and HOW they were made.  Are you new to using the Analysis tool in ArcGIS Online?  Try this exercise on analyzing flood risk to guide you through some of the steps to learn what is possible for a project of your own.  What stories can you tell in this rich, visual format?  What visual template shown might lend itself best for that sort of project? 


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Caterin Victor's curator insight, October 29, 2014 12:16 PM

 Not only Spatial, even plain geography is very interesting and important,  but.....not everybody understands, and want to...

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Re-examining the Battle of Gettysburg with GIS

Re-examining the Battle of Gettysburg with GIS | AP Human Geography Education | Scoop.it

"GIS has given us the chance to re-examine how the Civil War battle was won and lost." 


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Todd Pollard's curator insight, February 4, 2014 10:34 PM

I really like this interactive map application.

Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, August 28, 2014 1:13 PM

unit 1

Rich Schultz's curator insight, November 18, 2014 3:14 PM

Just another of the millions of uses for GIS...

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Free Online Mapping Course


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, May 9, 2013 8:58 AM

This podcast explains the MOOC Maps and the Geospatial Revolution.  It is designed to be an easy on-ramp to 21st century geospatial tools and any geography teacher hoping to modernize their skillset would do well to take this summer course from the Program of Online Geospatial Education at Penn State, taught by Dr. Anthony Robinson.  Click here to register for free.   


Tags: GIS, teacher training, mapping, cartography, geospatial, edtech, geography education, unit 1 GeoPrinciples.

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Generate Simple World Maps

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Free travel tip and photos from all over the world...

 

This map is not a professionally produced map and that is the beauty of this website. Virtually anyone can make a 1-feature world map by simply clicking on a checklist all of the countries you want highlighted on your map. Second, open the file and add some text and a few lines to label it. This took less than 20 minutes to make with no need for any cartographic or GIS experience (this PNG didn't compress well, the full image of this map can be seen here).


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, November 30, 2012 10:04 PM

This map is not a professionally produced map and that is the beauty of this website.  Virtually anyone can make a 1-feature world map by simply clicking on a checklist all the countries you want highlighted on your map.  Second, opened the file and added some text and a few lines to label it.  This took 20 minutes to make with no need for any cartographic or GIS experience  (this PNG didn't compress well, the full image of this map can be seen here).

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UN warns land degraded, farm production must rise

UN warns land degraded, farm production must rise | AP Human Geography Education | Scoop.it
ROME — The United Nations has completed the first-ever global assessment of the state of the planet’s land resources, finding in a report Monday that a quarter of all land is highly degraded and warning the trend must be reversed if the world’s...

 

Population growth and food production are obviously linked.  Thanks to folks at ESRI, this theoretical issue can be made much more concrete for our students using geospatial technologies. 

Examining 5 crops of the world using GIS:
http://edcommunity.esri.com/arclessons/lesson.cfm?id=472

Examining 4 crops of the USA using GIS:
http://edcommunity.esri.com/arclessons/lesson.cfm?id=416


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, October 3, 2013 6:18 PM

Population growth and food production are obviously linked.  Thanks to folks at ESRI, this theoretical issue can be made much more concrete for our students using geospatial technologies.  You can examine 4 crops of the world using GIS with this ArcLesson on the ESRI Ed Community site.

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QGIS: Open-source GIS resources

QGIS: Open-source GIS resources | AP Human Geography Education | Scoop.it

For GIS day, I not only celebrate ESRI, but also want to acknowledge the open-source GIS community.  This site provides many resources for those seeking to try out QGIS or other GIS platforms, but haven't known where to start.   


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Seth Dixon's comment, November 16, 2011 6:43 PM
I haven't delved into QGIS as of yet, but am toying around with it for the future (especially for my 'pre-GIS' class that doesn't exist yet called 'Mapping our Changing World.')
Rich Schultz's curator insight, November 18, 2014 3:04 PM

Try QGIS: you never know...you might like it!

DanielePiccolo's curator insight, April 20, 2016 9:23 AM
Risorse bibliografiche utili per l'uso di QGIS
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Google Maps "Real-Time"

Google Maps "Real-Time" | AP Human Geography Education | Scoop.it

This doesn't exist, but as we image geospatial technologies of the future, this is a glimpse into what real-time satellite imagery streaming could potentially look like (I understand some of the technical hurdles, this is sci-fi). This still image is a sorry visual approximation for this dynamic visual rendering; follow the link for the video version of this imaged, futuristic landscape. 

 


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Dania's comment, November 12, 2011 8:21 PM
This future google maps “real-time” application will be very interesting because it will convenience for my thing however in the other side it will be a violation of private. Insurance companies could use it against you or for you defend, the same in the case of FBI or other state office or government Issues. Everyone will uncover and public to everyone. It is something to think about it.
Seth Dixon's comment, November 12, 2011 10:27 PM
While I don't think we are anywhere near the satellite coverage to mimic millions of video cameras simultaneously filming earth at high resolution, it is fun to imagine the possibilities. Yet it is also a big concern depending on who could potentially access this data.
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Map My Followers

Map My Followers | AP Human Geography Education | Scoop.it

This is a great site that combines the power of geography, social media and geospatial technologies.  You can map where your twitter followers are (if they make the data publicly available).  Additionally, you can pan, zoom and identify specific followers and map their networks.  Can you find yourself on this map (followers of @APHumanGeog)? 

 


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MapMaker Interactive - National Geographic Education

MapMaker Interactive - National Geographic Education | AP Human Geography Education | Scoop.it
Use our tools to explore the world, learn about human and physical patterns, and make your own maps.

 

This is an excellent online resource to allow student to create thematic maps without GIS software.  


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YouTube: ESRI Education's Channel

YouTube: ESRI Education's Channel | AP Human Geography Education | Scoop.it

This links you to the video "Drawing with GPS, Mapping with GIS."  How and why to draw shapes and letters with your GPS track function and map them in educational contexts. It can be a fun outdoor activity that can get students to spatially reconsider their campus, neighborhood and local environment.  Also, it will link you to the YouTube channel with many other ideas and tips.   


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GIS Lounge: Helicopter View and Airport Maps

GIS Lounge: Helicopter View and Airport Maps | AP Human Geography Education | Scoop.it
In news from the online mapping world, Google has added helicopter views to its Google Maps.  The new functionality allows viewers to preview driving directions in 3D.  To access the new feature, enter a request for driving directions on Google Maps.

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Kim Vignale's comment, November 15, 2011 11:20 PM
Before the helicopter view option was available, google maps users would have to read turn by turn directions. Now, helicopter view can help people visualize the directions they are heading. It also gives the opportunity for a regular person to see how airplane/helicopter pilots view the world. This tool gives viewers more of a 3D view of the world and the direction they are heading.
Seth Dixon's comment, November 16, 2011 7:10 PM
My question is this: does it provide more information to the map user or is it simply a 'cool' technological innovation?
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GIS Lounge: How to Go from GIS Novice to Pro without Spending a Dime

GIS Lounge: How to Go from GIS Novice to Pro without Spending a Dime | AP Human Geography Education | Scoop.it

Some more discussion on open-source GIS options that are free to download.

 


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Online Maps: 50+ Tools and Resources

Online Maps: 50+ Tools and Resources | AP Human Geography Education | Scoop.it

"Mapping is a huge and growing sector, from social maps for sharing with friends, to mashing up Google Maps in every possible way."

 

You know that the technology exists for you to link your online information with maps...but not sure how to go about it?  This link from mashable.com lists over 50 sites that specialize is visually representing your data, information or projects.  Online mapping is not just for the experts, but being democratized ...online mapping for the masses! 


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ArcGIS Organizational Accounts for K-12 schools

ArcGIS Organizational Accounts for K-12 schools | AP Human Geography Education | Scoop.it

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, May 27, 2014 12:55 PM

This is a big announcement from ESRI, home of ArcGIS online and other geospatial tools.  They are making ArcGIS online organizational accounts free for all K-12 schools in the United States.  As ESRI spokespeople have said, "this will open up ArcGIS Online far beyond just a public account, by permitting more control of sharing, access to more data, engaging much more powerful analyses, supporting apps like Collector or Explorer, integrating with ArcMap and Microsoft Office, enabling login to Community Analyst, and lots more, with still more on the way."  Click here to request an organizational account for your school. 


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Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, May 27, 2014 5:39 PM

This is a big deal.

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This is a big announcement from ESRI, home of ArcGIS online and other geospatial tools.  They are making ArcGIS online organizational accounts free for all K-12 schools in the United States.  As ESRI spokespeople have said, "this will open up ArcGIS Online far beyond just a public account, by permitting more control of sharing, access to more data, engaging much more powerful analyses, supporting apps like Collector or Explorer, integrating with ArcMap and Microsoft Office, enabling login to Community Analyst, and lots more, with still more on the way."  Click here to request an organizational account for your school. 

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Google Maps Engine

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"Google Maps Engine makes it easy for you to create beautiful maps, share them with others, and reach your audience no matter where they are. It's built on the same platform that provides Google services to millions of people worldwide, so your users have a consistent and familiar experience wherever they are."


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Johani Karonen's curator insight, May 8, 2013 4:08 AM

I love maps! Let's se what this little darling can do.

JoseMªRiveros's comment, May 8, 2013 10:06 AM
useful!
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Geographic Education and the GIS Professional

Geographic Education and the GIS Professional | AP Human Geography Education | Scoop.it

The shortcomings in the geographic knowledge of American K-12 students was again reiterated this past summer when the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) “report card” was released. Less than one-third of elementary, middle and high school students showed a proficiency in geography. While students in fourth grade had a slight improvement since the last 2001 testing, eighth and twelfth graders stayed stagnant or regressed in that time.


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World Large Urban Areas 1905-2050

World Large Urban Areas 1905-2050 | AP Human Geography Education | Scoop.it
In 1950, the world population was 2.5 billion and according to United Nations estimates, the world population reached seven billion sometime around October 31st this year.

Want some global population data sets to map for a GIS project?  Historical GIS? Here it is.


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Historypin

This is a video introduction to www.historypin.com which might just prove to be a very useful and important project.  It's historical geography powered by collaborative mapping that is infused with social media dynamics.  Backed by Google, they are geo-tagging old photos to recreate the historical geographies of all places and comparing them with current street view images.  You can search by topic, place or date...this has the potential to be very big.   


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4995songs's comment, November 16, 2011 4:13 PM
Absolutely brilliant! The possibilities that this offers are staggering. If museums, galleries, and archives all got on board with this, they could create an incredible database that would allow teachers to add so much more depth to their lessons. I feel like having a visual timeline paired with geographic references in this capacity would give students (and everyone else!) a stronger understanding of how deeply history and geography are connected.
Seth Dixon's comment, November 16, 2011 6:40 PM
Agreed, this is conceptually amazing...but what a vast undertaking. I'm half-tempted to upload some pictures but I know that I've got too many pet projects at the moment and think that this one has the potential to overwhelm me time-wise.
GIS student's comment, November 17, 2011 3:37 PM
Awesome site! As an aspiring teacher, this website can be great for then and now projects. When explaining different eras or time periods this not only shows where certain things took place, but what they looked like as well. Definitely something that will become more popular in the social media aspect of society. Definitely a site I can spend hours on.
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BatchGeo: geocoding to create custom maps

BatchGeo: geocoding to create custom maps | AP Human Geography Education | Scoop.it

"Make maps from a list of multiple addresses, create a mobile optimized map or locator. Free hosting for your custom interactive map or locator." 

Super easy to use, you can paste addresses from a spreadsheet to produce maps with your own data.   For a video about how to use BatchGeo see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RiGSw9VccOo&feature=player_embedded


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Kim Vignale's comment, November 15, 2011 11:14 PM
Geocoding can give anybody the power to create their own maps of locations they encounter on a daily basis. It can help organize different groups and locations that are visited often. This is a great tool to create a visually appealing and organized map. If this program can be integrated with your gps device, it would make it easier to find a location with a click of one button.
Seth Dixon's comment, November 16, 2011 7:09 PM
Considering how easy this is to use, I think that many are scared away from making their own maps since it sounds harder than it really is. This brings mapping power to the people.
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GeoChalkboard: Bringing Data to Life with Google Fusion Tables

GeoChalkboard: Bringing Data to Life with Google Fusion Tables | AP Human Geography Education | Scoop.it

"Google Fusion Tables is an excellent way to create and share visualizations of data in map, chart, and tabular formats. Today we’re starting a new series of blog posts designed to get you up to speed with using this fantastic platform. We’ll also be releasing a free e-learning course called Bringing Data to Life with Google Fusion Tables to all our newsletter subscribers."


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Kim Vignale's comment, November 3, 2011 4:31 PM
Google Fusion Tables can assist many professionals with pinpoint certain areas on the map. It can help city planners build structures within the city in a safe and efficient way. It can pinpoint areas that are most affected by disaster such as hurricanes and wildfires. It can be visually appealing for an average person trying to read the map.
GIS student's comment, November 3, 2011 4:32 PM
I feel that this an excellent way to understand GIS represented data to those who are not as familiar with GIS systems. It also appears to be a quick and useful tool to any member of society that needs to demonstrate any sort of representational data.
Dania's comment, November 3, 2011 4:33 PM
I don't know what I'm doing but I did this is relating to the numbers of building permits of 2010 for the city of Austin. It includes location and progress of the city.
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Racial Profiling on an “Industrial Scale”

Racial Profiling on an “Industrial Scale” | AP Human Geography Education | Scoop.it

FBI Using Census Data to Map and Police Communities by Race: "The ACLU uncovers an FBI program that pairs Census data with 'crude stereotypes' to map ethnic communities."

This is not an impartial article, but the issue of cultural bias and profiling in "objective analysis" raises some serious questions.  What is appropriate to map?  By whom?  For what purposes? 


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GIS student's comment, November 3, 2011 4:24 PM
This article reminds me of what we discussed in the beginning of the semester when we discussed some of the potential problems with GIS. Some of those problems included using maps to and google earth to examine what people are doing with certain certain land that they own. The article discusses how information can be represented in an unconstitutional way. The question is then raised, is it appropriate to map such information and who should be able to see this map? I personally don't believe that the GIS portion should be targeted. When the FBI gathers this information its much different from when they represent the same data with a map.
cookiesrgreat's comment, November 3, 2011 4:29 PM
Reminds me of WWII when they arrested Japanese Americans for potential terrorist acts. The security of this country is A1 however we can not cross over into areas where we become like the countries that are out to destroy us. Lets not rot from the interior. The census data is for the census only. Yes
Don Brown Jr's comment, July 8, 2012 10:27 PM
Their is to much emphasis on reacting to crime and not enough effort put into investing into programs that can prevent it. This lack of understanding in what causes criminal activity makes discrimination much easier. The government should be focusing more on reducing factors that cause crimes such as low education levels and scarce job opportunity if they really wanted have a positive impact.
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The Human Head as a Mercator Projection

The Human Head as a Mercator Projection | AP Human Geography Education | Scoop.it
Such an ordinary object, yet so disturbingly presented…...

 

While we accept spatial distortion as a given in geographic projections, it is striking how much it alters reality when the same distortion in applied to the human head...worth showing when discussion mapping and projections. 


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Lisa Fonseca's comment, September 10, 2012 11:45 AM
I thought this was a good visual to demonstrate how you cannot just take a global map and just flatten it. You do not get the same scale and accurate description of the globe. While it may show multiple of the land features, the land features get distorted.
Jesse Gauthier's comment, September 10, 2012 11:46 AM
Seeing a human face spread out this way makes me now realize that a 2-D map is not a real interpretation of the world. But at the same time this is more of a strange picture than when a globe is flattened out. I guess we are more used to seeing a globe flattened out.
Mr Ortloff's curator insight, July 23, 2013 3:38 PM

Map distortion.......

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WSJ Census Map Maker

WSJ Census Map Maker | AP Human Geography Education | Scoop.it
Draw your own district...

 

An easy way to have students work on a neighborhood projects and still get them to have a cartographic component to the project.  A Facebook or Twitter account is needed to login (but that isn't to difficult to manage in most classroom settings). 


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Welcome to the Quantum GIS Project

Welcome to the Quantum GIS Project | AP Human Geography Education | Scoop.it
Quantum GIS - Open Source Geographic Information System...

 

This is another free GIS option (this one an open source option).   This is a full-blown GIS, with more mapping, editing and exporting options. 


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Rich Schultz's curator insight, November 18, 2014 3:03 PM

Open source GIS: QGIS