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What Is "Interdisciplinary Geography"? - 5 Animations To Get Kids Excited About Maps

What Is "Interdisciplinary Geography"? - 5 Animations To Get Kids Excited About Maps | Design in Education | Scoop.it

Students like geography more than most adults think. Kids are actually drawn to maps' visual characters, their quirky variabilities, their puzzle-like natures that hold secret troves of meaning just waiting to be decoded.

 

 

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Heart-Shaped Maps - Valentine Primary Sources

Heart-Shaped Maps - Valentine Primary Sources | Design in Education | Scoop.it

It wasn’t until our students started making heart-shaped worlds as part of a way to promote peace that we wondered if there were any historical references. To our surprise, there were plenty. One of the earliest heart-shaped (cordiform) map projections by Oronce Fine, a French mathematician and cartographer, was created in the sixteenth century. According to Wikipedia, this might have been his most famous illustration and one that influenced other cartographers, such as Peter Apian and Gerardus Mercator.

 

 

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Visualizing Prejudice: 32% Of The World Thinks The Holocaust Is A Myth

Visualizing Prejudice: 32% Of The World Thinks The Holocaust Is A Myth | Design in Education | Scoop.it

We have been studying World War II recently with our middle schoolers, and in the past two days, we've focused on the horrors of the Holocaust. It was especially shocking, therefore, to read the just-released report from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). NBC News and other media outlets have reported on the startling "ADL Global 100" survey results that seek to gauge anti-Semitic attitudes across 101 countries and territories.

 

 

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Digital Empathy: How Modern Maps Are Charting A Personal Cartography

Digital Empathy: How Modern Maps Are Charting A Personal Cartography | Design in Education | Scoop.it

When most people think about maps, they think of social studies worksheets or antique dealers. They might also remember the avatar on their Waze app or the time they got lost in Amish country.

In truth, maps are emblematic of mankind. The act of mapping is about trying to locate oneself within a geography of space and emotion. The human impulse to pinpoint "place" is about giving order to a complex topography of physicality and personality.

 

 

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Rethinking Global Education - Maps As Social Media

Rethinking Global Education - Maps As Social Media | Design in Education | Scoop.it
The two greatest breakthroughs in the past 100 years of cartography have been the handheld GPS and Google Earth. These two real-time, all-the-time navigation tools have brought geography into the hands of everyday users. They have made maps a daily habit. In a recent (unscientific) classroom survey, 100 percent of our students said that they had never held a traditional paper foldout street map. Eighty percent, however, said that they had looked at a map on their phones that day.
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Innovation Design In Education - ASIDE: The Visual Politics Of Cartography

Innovation Design In Education - ASIDE: The Visual Politics Of Cartography | Design in Education | Scoop.it

It makes sense that the skills of graphicacy emerged in the 1960s from the study of geography. Maps by definition require a close inspection of visual cues. As Rob Edsall, Associate Professor at Carthage College, notes, maps are rarely recognized for the long series of choices made by their creator. In these choices, maps can reinforce conventional cultural attitudes or even create new power relationships.

 

 

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Innovation Design In Education - ASIDE: Maps In The Wild

Innovation Design In Education - ASIDE: Maps In The Wild | Design in Education | Scoop.it

Rob Edsall, Associate Professor of Geography and Earth Science, Communication and Digital Media at Carthage College gave one of the keynote addresses at the annual International Visual Literacy Association conference in October. Edsall stressed that maps by definition are distortions of reality, requiring as critical a lens as text, and that iconographic “maps in the wild” reveal untold stories of power and culture.

In general, representations of geography can be divided into three types: reference maps, thematic maps, and then a vaguely defined third category. This third category includes the clever use of geography in media, logos, posters, signs, or any public sphere where graphic maps are incorporated into designs intended for purposes other than instruction. These "maps in the wild" convey messages.

 

 

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Sketchnoting, Mapping, And Making Enhance The Visual Thinking Process

Sketchnoting, Mapping, And Making Enhance The Visual Thinking Process | Design in Education | Scoop.it

Oh, what a year it’s been. It seems we flew through May without taking a breath as we worked through a myriad of projects. One of our favorites this spring was completed as part of the second grade social studies unit on communities. We collaborated with our colleagues Stefani Rosenthal (@StefRosenthal) and Jessica Raffaelle (@miss_raffaelle) to build a project-based learning unit to answer the question, "Where Do People Live?" More importantly, we wanted to build a visual vocabulary to help support the thinking process using sketchnotes, maps, and three-dimensional design.

 

 

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Visualizing The Evolution Of London

Visualizing The Evolution Of London | Design in Education | Scoop.it

We came across this fascinating animation of the evolution of London over its 2000-year-old history from the Guardian. It was created by the researchers at the University College London's Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA). They used georeferenced road network data to show how it changed from a small Roman city to the metropolis it is today.

 

 

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Innovation Design In Education - ASIDE: The Geography Of The Cold - Interactive Mapping Of Flu Season

Innovation Design In Education - ASIDE: The Geography Of The Cold - Interactive Mapping Of Flu Season | Design in Education | Scoop.it

Our kids are dropping like flies. Each day has seen three or four more names added to the long list of children absent from school due to an aggressive cold and flu season. We, too, can't seem to shake our hacking coughs, lingering headaches, and clogged sinuses.

The feisty contagion of this wintery bug has sent us looking to maps and graphics to find out if we are alone in our viral vortex and if frigid weather really does exacerbate cold symptoms.

 

 

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Geography Is Having A Moment - Why Maps Are The New Meme

Geography Is Having A Moment - Why Maps Are The New Meme | Design in Education | Scoop.it

An unexpected type of viral visualization has steadily been trudging to the tops of search results. Maps, it seems, are the new vogue. They've taken Tumblr by storm, and with over a billion Google hits, maps have nudged out kittens and lipsynchers as the most-flared pop culture content.

A search of Fast Company's most popular pages yields 15,526 entries for "map"-related articles. BuzzFeed, the barometer of web bravado, daily pushes geography to the top of its "Win" column.

 

 

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Visualizing The Winter Olympics - Mapping The 2014 Torch Relay

Visualizing The Winter Olympics - Mapping The 2014 Torch Relay | Design in Education | Scoop.it
Innovative design crosses over all aspects of education. The American Society for Innovation Design in Education, or ASIDE, seeks to infuse curriculum with new approaches to teaching and thinking.
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Infographic: Font Lets You Make Data Maps Of The U.S., Just By Typing

Infographic: Font Lets You Make Data Maps Of The U.S., Just By Typing | Design in Education | Scoop.it
To make a good infographic, you’ll need a little stats know-how and a little graphic design know-how.
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