This interactive map of coastal Massachusetts and Rhode Island shows some basic flooding data including: 1) where are the flood warnings (essential the entire coastline), 2) how high the storm surge is, and 3) how high the waves are.
As a former children's librarian, this is the perfect merger of some of my interests. The Hunger Games, a Young Adult dystopian novel (movie coming soon) takes place in a post-WWIII North America with 13 districts noted for particular resources. For example, district 4 specialized in fishing and district 12's economy centered on coal. For middle schools that teach integrate units with social studies and English, this would be a very engaging, current connection.
Digital tools have faciliated an easier way to visually represent complex data and information in ways at are logical and intuitive. This blog post outlines tools that students can use (read: free!) along with basic tutorials to demonstrate their functionalities.
"The World Bank eAtlas of Global Development maps and graphs more than 175 thematically organized indicators for over 200 countries, letting you visualize and compare progress on the most important development challenges facing our world. Most indicators cover several decades, so you can see, for example, how 'life expectancy at birth' has improved from 1960 up through the latest year." This tool should greatly enhance student projects as they will add more data, and see bigger patterns. To go to the link visit: http://www.app.collinsindicate.com/worldbankatlas-global/en
The past century has been defined by an epic migration of people from rural areas to the city. In 2008, for the first time in history, more of the Earth's population was living in cities than in the countryside.
This image gallery is designed "to present images from space [that] track the relentless spread of humanity." The 'slide bar' in the middle allows the viewer to scroll between before and after images of major metropolitan areas that have experienced dramatic growth in the last 10-30 years. The attached images is on Dubai, UAE. Notice the man-made islands, especially the 'archipelago' in the shape of the world that is 2.5 miles off the coast of Dubai.
"The WomanStats Project is the most comprehensive compilation of information on the status of women in the world. The Project facilitates understanding the linkage between the situation of women and the security of nation-states. We comb the extant literature and conduct expert interviews to find qualitative and quantitative information on over 310 indicators of women's status in 174 countries. Our Database expands daily, and access to it is free of charge."
With assistance from the Geography Dept. at Brigham Young University, the WomanStats Project provides important data and maps regarding issues of gender, access and equity with a spatial perspective.
How is drought in East Africa impacting the spread of diseases? Is flu season hitting your city particularly hard this year? Where are the disease problems the worst? All of these question can be answered (in part) by these helpful maps. This site, which depends on crowdsourced data, may need to few more users before it's database is robust enough, but the idea of it is quite amibitious.
Explore world stats using StatPlanet World Bank, the first prize winner of the World Bank's Apps for Development competition. It directly accesses and visualizes all of the World Bank's 3000+ indicators available through its Open Data initiative, on many different topics from Agriculture to Science & Technology. This is a great way to introduce students to thematic mapping and offers incredible freedom to explore what you find interesting. This is the type of resource that could be used for any unit.
This is a great interactive feature focusing on the differential impacts of the economic downturn on particular places. You can zoom in, see county-level data, and slide the time bar at the bottom to get spatiotemporal data.
As mentioned by the cartographers of this London map, maps have a way of highlighting the social inequalities especially at the neighborhood scale in the urban environment. Each ward (census tract is colored according to child poverty rates, and the numbers represent life expectany rates in the neighborhood near each underground stop.