"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.
Global news with a spatial perspective: Interesting, current supplemental materials for geography teachers and students.
Curated by Seth Dixon
This infographic is stunning in its artistry and presentation of how mountains and rivers "stack up" next to each other (Good to point out that the rivers were "straightened" for comparative purposes). The image comes from the General Atlas of the World, which was published in 1854. It contained upwards of seventy maps, reproduced from the steel engravings of noteworthy cartographers Sidney Hall and William Hughes. For the legend and more about this map see: http://io9.com/5855100/gorgeous-victorian-infographic-shows-earths-mountains-and-rivers-as-we-knew-them-over-150-years-ago
State comparisons using graphs, maps. Huge database of US statistics. Reference site contains states statistics, maps, flags, graphs and pie charts.
Here is some great comparative data at the state level for the United States. There are numerous thematic categories from which to choose.
Country comparisons using graphs, maps. Huge database of world statistics. Reference site contains country statistics, maps, flags, graphs and pie charts.
This is excellent for national side-by-side comparisons with a whole host of thematic datasets to choose from. This easy portal can demystify the idea of producing a data-driven paper or project.
How Japanese addresses work, and other opposites, by Derek Sivers - http://sivers.org...
What is true is often dependent on your perspective, the context and is situated within a particular paradigm. This is a mind-blowing video because it exposed our framework (which might go unquestioned as universal) to be but one of many ways in which to organize the world and the information within it.
Those of you who are stymied by a school's filter and feel you can't use YouTube in the classroom, try YouTube Downloader.
Interactive Visualization of the Population Pyramids of the World from 1950 to 2050...
Need population pyramids? This is a site with good global and national population pyramids with good temporal data as well to show changes in the population (good for explaining the demographic transition model).
This is an very intriguing map that shows different urban layouts and applies the concept of population density at the city scale and compares it to the global population. What is everyone lived in the city of New York (at New York's population density)? How big would that city be?
"There are 10 variables on this United States map that you can examine from the state to the block group level, ranging from median age to tapestry segmentation to median income, population change 2000 to 2010 and more."
GIS projects are now all the more accessible to a wider range of students, classrooms and schools. All that is needed is an internet connection, an idea and a question. Thanks to our NCGE president for suggestion this idea for the site!
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"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.
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).
Your Better Life Index by the OECD shows how countries perform according to the importance you give to the 11 topics – like education, housing, environment, and so on – that contribute to well-being.
This is an excellent data visualization tool. It compiles data from different countries (jobs, housing, medical, worker safety, etc.) and based on how YOU rank the factors, it compares the standard of living in these selected countries. An excellent resource for a unit on development (plus, doing this shows students how cultural values and choices are a part of measurements such as the Human Development Index). The raw data for this is found here.
"While many northern cities did see anemic growth or even losses in black population, and many southern cities saw their black population surge, the real story actually extends well beyond the notion of a monolithic return to the South."
Demographics, culture, scale, region are some of the applications available.
James Mollison wanted to portray children's diverse worlds. What better way to do so than to photograph their bedrooms?
Pictures with the children and the space they inhabit, creates a more personal touch to geographic context for students. It builds what I call "geographic empathy," which builds on commonalities, instead of just reinforcing stereotypes.
"A recently-released online tool enables Californians to see where they stand on a “human development index” – a composite measure of health, knowledge and standard of living developed by the American Human Development Project of the Social Sciences..."
This is cool. Instead of aggregating the data at the country level and comparing countries, we can see differences in local levels of human development. Students see patterns of socio-economic and development vividly, and in an intensely local way tailored to their regional frame of reference.