The Brazilian government's geographic department (Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística-roughly equivalent to the U.S. Census Bureau) has compiled an fantastic interactive world factbook (available in English and Spanish as well as Portuguese). The ease of navigation allows the user to conduct a specific search of simply explore demographic, economic, environmental and development data on any country in the world.
Learn about the world by changing the familiar map. Select a subject from the top menu and watch the map resize. A countrys total area no longer represents land mass, but items relevant to the subject (i.e.
The geovisualization in this interactive map is outstanding (translation: I could play with this all day). This displayed map shows the destination countries for migrants, with links to the data and information to read up on the topic. Truly impressive. For the live link, see: http://show.mappingworlds.com//world/?lang=EN
"3 guys, 44 days, 11 countries, 18 flights, 38 thousand miles, an exploding volcano, 2 cameras and almost a terabyte of footage."
This video beautifully encapsulates the spirit of a globalized educational experience and the value of geographic understanding in an ever-interconnected world. Geography is about broadening our minds to other places, other cultures and other ways of doing things. In a three part series including 'Eat' and 'Move.'
A fantastic AP Human Geography Teacher is compiling geography education links and thematically organizing them into 'stacks.' It is still a work in progress but is reaching a point of being more useful and organized. Use either the 'stack' or links' to locate websites that are useful for AP Human Geography and other geography courses. Good job David!
National Geographic Education brings geography, social studies and science to life. Using real-world examples and National Geographic's rich media, educators, families, and students learn about the world and the people in it.
This is the truly global project that asks the children of the world to introduce us to the people of the world. We've seen videos and resources that ask the question, "if there were only 100 people in the world, what would it look like?" This takes that idea of making demographic statistics more meaningful one step further by asking student in schools for around the world to nominate some "representative people" and share their stories. The site houses videos, galleries from each continent and analyze themes that all societies must deal with. This site that looks at the people and places on out planet to promote greater appreciation of cultural diversity and understanding is a great find.
This Google Map is database for some highly educational virtual tours that can be used in social science classrooms. Included are 60 markers which represent more than 60 webcams and virtual tours. This list of 'online field trips' becomes a powerful way to open up the world to your students. Sample locations: Pryamid at Giza, Yellowstone Nat'l Park, Stonehenge, Great Barrier Reef and many more.
I've posted one of these before, but this Google Earth puzzle comes with multiple choice options and instant feedback. Looking at the world via Google Earth offers striking images of the diversity of our planet and the impact that humans have had on it. This multiple-choice puzzle based on 25 Google Earth images is part 2 of a series (part 1 doesn't have the multiple choice options).
More people left Phoenix in 2009 than came. The map above visualizes moves to and from Phoenix; counties that took more migrants than they sent are linked with red lines. Counties that sent more migrants than they took are linked with blue lines.
I've sent this link out before, but Forbes now has four articles attached to interactive mapping tool that analyze the data (including one by geographer Michael Conzen). Also the new data has been added and the visualization has also been improved...very cool features with tremendous amounts of teaching applications.
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.
"Worldmapper is a collection of world maps, where territories are re-sized on each map according to the subject of interest." Among the many compelling cartograms on this site is this one showing the prevalance of HIV.
"The Power of Place: Geography for the 21st Century teaches the geographic skills and concepts that are necessary to understand the world. Geography educators and content experts from around the globe shed light on the physical, human, political, historical, economic, and cultural factors that affect people and natural environments. Maps, animation, and academic commentary bring into focus case studies from 50 sites in 36 countries."
A well-known resource for geography teachers, but the list would feel incomplete without this great archive of 26 videos from around the world.
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