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Google Says "Ungoogleable" Can't Be A Swedish Word

Google Says "Ungoogleable" Can't Be A Swedish Word | Geography Education | Scoop.it

"Ogooglebar. That's Swedish, and means "something you can't find with the use of a search engine." At least, that's what the Language Council of Sweden wanted Ogooglebar to mean--until Google stepped in, fearing that the word had negative connotations for the firm."

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I am used to the French trying to slow the flow of English words into French, but shocked that Google would join in the fray to slow linguistic change.  Words evolve based on cultural shifts and technological changes and the computer industry has especially created new words to describe emerging, new social interactions.  I'm certain that the company Google is thrilled that "to google" is the verb of choice to describe the action of searching for online for content.  I would have guessed that Google was savvy enough to understand that this "ungoogleable" term is not an indictment on the company, but a new way to define that elusive, mysterious, indefinable quality for a generation that sometimes acts as if everything can be found of Google. 


Tags: language, culture, technology, google, diffusion.

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Google Lit Trips


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Google Earth is a great teaching tool for geographers, but it is also a way to bring geography and spatial thinking to other disciplines.  Google Lit Trips makes the journeys that take place in literature (both fiction and non-fiction) all the more real by mapping out the movements as a KML file that can be viewed in Google Earth.  By embedding pictures, websites, videos and text into the path, this becomes an incredibly interactive resource for teachers of all levels. 


Tags: google, virtual tours, English, edtech.

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Ann-Laure Liéval's curator insight, March 17, 2013 7:51 AM

Utiliser Google Earth pour cartographier l'itinéraire de personnages de fiction, afin de mêler géographie et littérature. 

GoogleLitTrips Reading List's comment, March 19, 2013 10:30 PM
I'm very appreciative. Thanks! Jerome, GoogleLitTrips.com
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Emergency and Disaster Information Service

Emergency and Disaster Information Service | Geography Education | Scoop.it

Map of the World, in real time with natural disaster information.

"This is a Emergency and Disasters Information and monitoring services. Hosted by National Association of Radio-distress signalling and Infocommunications.

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Island shown in Google Maps doesn’t actually exist

Island shown in Google Maps doesn’t actually exist | Geography Education | Scoop.it

There’s a South Pacific island positioned midway between Australia and New Caledonia featured on various marine charts, world maps, and has appeared in publications since at least the year 2000. It’s listed as Sandy Island on Google Maps and Google Earth, and yet Australian scientists have just discovered it doesn’t exist.


As part of a 25-day voyage, the group went to the area, only to find  a 1,400m (4,620ft) deep section of the Coral Sea. The team collected 197 different rock samples, more than 6800km of marine geophysical data, and mapped over 14,000 square kilometers of the ocean floor.  This is just a reminder that a map is only as reliable as the information used to compile that map (see BBC article as well).   For another reminder of this same idea see "The Republic of Null Island." 

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Jess Deady's curator insight, May 1, 2014 10:36 AM

Typical. How many times do we see information on the internet thats not totally accurate? Although maps such as Google Maps should be accurate enough for people to trust them this wasn't the case. Who knows why there is this random island that doesn't actually exist on the map?

Jason Schneider's curator insight, April 9, 2015 11:15 PM

I'm attempting to look up this island on google maps and I can't seem to find it. This island is known as "Sandy Island" and I even typed that up. Apparently, when they sailed to this "island", they pretty much sailed through it without noticing. Based on the fact that geographers had to map the ocean floor, my guess has something to do with the fact that the tides rise up at night to the point where it covers the whole island at some points.

 
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Street View goes underwater

Street View goes underwater | Geography Education | Scoop.it
Amazing things about Google Earth - news, features, tips, technology, and applications...


I wasn't planning on an ocean mapping portion of my class today, but this new development changes that. 


Tags: water, biogeography, mapping, google.

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Michelle Carvajal's comment, September 26, 2012 10:31 AM
This new wave of technology that is being used and introduced to society is amazing! I never thought that they could expand into the sea but it is definetly something that could be to the benefit of those who work in the field. Also, it is a great way to create lessons for children and adults on how to protect our oceans from waste. They get a glimpse as to what lies beneath the surface. Raising the bar everyday. Thank you for this article!
Victoria Morgia Jamolod-Umbo's comment, September 27, 2012 8:51 AM
Thanks. The mere sight of this turtle creates a lot of ideas,and hopes for a better future. We have to open up the eyes of our youth to take care of all things alive.
Victoria Morgia Jamolod-Umbo's comment, September 27, 2012 8:51 AM
Thanks. The mere sight of this turtle creates a lot of ideas,and hopes for a better future. We have to open up the eyes of our youth to take care of all things alive.
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Google Earth Fractals

Google Earth Fractals | Geography Education | Scoop.it

Who says you can't integrate geography and real world applications into the math curriculum?  Paul Bouke has scoured the Earth searching for fractals in the natural environment and created this amazingly artistic remote sensing gallery (with KMZ files for viewing in Google Earth as well).  


Tags: Remote sensing, art, math, google, physical, landforms, geomorphology

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Seth Dixon's comment, September 9, 2012 8:40 PM
Thanks for sharing so many great link on FB and have been able to use several. I'm glad that the sharing can go in both directions.
Ann Kissinger Wurst's comment, September 9, 2012 8:44 PM
Seth - I am hardly worthy of YOUR currating! Hope to meet you in person at NCGE and get a picture of us for Facebook. :-)
Paige T's comment, September 10, 2012 11:21 AM
This is so beautiful. Fractals are an amazing phenomenon, whether you are an artist, geographer, or mathematician. I love being able to see fractals in plants or feel them as air travels through my lungs.
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Stratocam: Google Earth Imagery

Stratocam: Google Earth Imagery | Geography Education | Scoop.it

Much like sites that you can rate items up or down, Stratocam let's you can rate the best aerial photography via Google Earth screen shots. There are some beautiful images and places to be discovered through this site. The physical and human landscapes are both intermingled in this fantastic collection of images…be careful, it can be amazingly addictive.   On this blog post I've added 13 of my favorite cultural and physical landscapes. 

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Jesse Gauthier's comment, September 2, 2012 12:56 PM
These satellite images are truly spectacular! They are beautiful and, yes, addicting to look at! I found it interesting that the images of manmade cities/landscapes had similar design and curvature to the images of Mother Nature's oceans and forestry.
Don Brown Jr's comment, September 3, 2012 10:51 PM
Visually on a ground level it is hard to conceptualize the significance of the surrounding landscape. How people alter our surroundings can reveal a lot about the history and culture of a particular society. Although the architecture at Vlagtwedde in the Netherlands is quite stunning from an aerial view, this fortress was designed to repel invaders and control the area. Even if you don’t know much about this country’s history, this image reveals that it was most likely not a peaceful place in the 16th and 17th century.
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Google Maps: 10 Handy Tricks You Should Know

Google Maps: 10 Handy Tricks You Should Know | Geography Education | Scoop.it
Google Maps is a fantastic free tool, but we’re guessing you don’t have much spare time to play around with the service. Let us help.

 

Even if you use Google Maps just for personal use, these are basic enough of tips that all users should be able to use. 

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Back to School with Google Earth

Back to School with Google Earth | Geography Education | Scoop.it
Amazing things about Google Earth - news, features, tips, technology, and applications...

 

If you've never seen the Google Earth Blog, this post is a good primer to the educational possibilities that this technology opens up to teachers.  It is not just for geography teachers; it can be a visualization tool for any subject that has real-world applications that take place somewhere. 

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Lindsey Robinson's comment, August 27, 2012 5:22 PM
Google Earth is an amazing way to teach children of all ages (and adults for that matter) about the geography of the Earth. It is such an abstract way of conveying geographic concepts. What an amazing teaching tool....and as an added bonus, it's FREE!!
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OverlapMaps - compare any two places

OverlapMaps - compare any two places | Geography Education | Scoop.it

"An OverlapMap is a map of one part of the world that overlaps a different part of the world. OverlapMaps show relative size."

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The above overlap map is the United Kingdom compared to the state of Pennsylvania.  This is a very simple way to demonstrate the true size of remote places, and 'bring the discussion home.'  This site is as simple and intuitive as it is powerful and easily applicable.  This is a keeper. 

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Hannah Provost's comment, September 9, 2012 9:23 AM
This is a very useful tool because as illustrated in our class activity with the oranges and trying to flatten it out onto a flat piece of paper, it doesn't work. This causes distortion with most maps in most textbooks because they are Mercator. This tool will help people realize the actual size of countries in comparison to other countries.
Michael Grant's comment, September 12, 2012 4:07 PM
This toll will and can provide a reliable mapping source to geographers everywhere. It is useful and fun. A neat way to learn cartography
Josiah Melchor's comment, September 12, 2012 11:31 PM
The OverlapMap is a very useful tool that will allow a user to compare different places and parts of the world. Having a more accurate size of a place is critical when comparing 2 or more places. I think that many users besides me will find this very convenient when other resources are not available.
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Real World Math

Real World Math | Geography Education | Scoop.it

"Real World Math: Using Google Earth in the Math Curriculum."   Back to my interdisciplinary approach to strengthening geographic education, image hearing that there is a Math teacher at your school using this, wouldn't you want to be a part of it?  Too often knowledge is taught within disciplinary silos; students need opportunities to make real world connections between the disciplines to breath life into how they are taught.  This site reminds me of http://www.googlelittrips.org/ which allows real world geography to be a part of literature/English classes.    

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Google Schools Apple on Maps

Google Schools Apple on Maps | Geography Education | Scoop.it
Apple is expected to dump Google Maps from its operating system, in favor of its own product. In response, Google is showing off how much it has done in maps, and how many features it has.

 

Google Maps is on many devices, but Apple now appears poised to enter the mapping market more fully, including native Apple mapping apps for the iPhone and iPad designed to replace Google Maps.   

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Iran 'to sue Google' over Gulf

Iran 'to sue Google' over Gulf | Geography Education | Scoop.it
Google is facing legal action for not labelling the body of water separating Iran and neighbouring Arab Gulf states on its map service.

 

Who owns the legal rights to toponyms and the map?  Does anyone?

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geteach.com

geteach.com | Geography Education | Scoop.it
Free site dedicated to help teachers educate and engage students using Google Earth
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GE Teach is a phenomenal site, designed by an AP teacher to bring geospatial technologies into the classroom in a way that is incredibly user-friendly. This site allows you to use Google Earth with clickable layers. With multiple data layers of physical and human geography variables, this interactive globe puts spatial information in powerful, yet fun, student-inspired platform.  Click here for a video tutorial.


Tags:  google, virtual tours, geospatial, edtech.


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Kristen McDaniel's curator insight, March 29, 2013 9:54 AM

Use Google Earth in the classroom with clickable layering of maps.  Great for bringing Geography into your classroom!

Geography Teachers' Association of Victoria Inc. (GTAV)'s curator insight, April 8, 2015 5:18 AM

GTAV Technology and cartography in Geography

GE Teach is a phenomenal site, designed to bring geospatial technologies into the classroom in a way that is incredibly user-friendly. This site allows you to use Google Earth with clickable layers. With multiple data layers of physical and human geography variables, this interactive globe puts spatial information in powerful, yet fun, student-inspired platform.

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Creating American Borders

30-second animation of the changes in U.S. historical county boundaries, 1629 - 2000. Historical state and territorial boundaries are also displayed from 178...
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I love this time-lapse animation of all the county and state-level boundary changes in United States history.  Would you like to see this in greater detail?  Would you want to download the data and create your own visualization of this?  The Atlas of Historical County Boundaries has all of this data as GIS shapefiles, Google Earth KMZ files and PDFs for the whole country as well as for each individual state.  This project sponsored by The Newberry and the National Endowment for the Humanities has tremendous potential for use in the classroom for history and geography teachers alike.  


Tags: historical, USA, borders, time lapse, mapping, edtech.

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Jesse Olsen's comment, March 16, 2013 1:04 PM
Whooooaaaaaaa!!!!
Betty Klug's curator insight, April 27, 2013 3:50 PM

I love animation maps.  Great for getting students interested in learning.

Samuel D'Amore's curator insight, December 14, 2014 6:36 PM

This video does a fantastic job of showing how the United States has expanded and grown since its original 13 colonies. While many today might imagine that our nation was simply always this size in fact over many years of colonization, land purchases and land grabs America has eventually become what it is today.

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Discover Ancient Rome in Google Earth

"See Rome as it looked in 320 AD and fly down to see famous buildings and monuments in 3D. Select the 'Ancient Rome 3D' layer under Gallery in Google Earth."

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What happens whe you teach ancient historical geography using modern geospatial technologies?  Great things can happen and new perspectives on the world can open up for students and teachers alike. 


Tags: historical, google, virtual tours, Italy, geospatial, edtech.

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Giuseppe Corsaro's curator insight, August 13, 2013 8:32 AM

Guardare l'antica Roma così come appariva nel 320 d.C. e volare giù per vedere edifici famosi in 3D. Seleziona 'Ancient Rome 3D'  nella Gallery di Google Earth.

Neville R Langit's curator insight, January 13, 2014 9:56 PM

got to love google earth

Keith Mielke's curator insight, January 17, 2014 4:10 PM

It's astounding how modern technology can really take us back to ancient times to see how others not only lived but prospered.

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Trekking the Grand Canyon for Google Maps

Trekking the Grand Canyon for Google Maps | Geography Education | Scoop.it

The term "street view" in Google Maps is continually getting stretched as the world's oceans, canyons, mountains and even cemeteries are being added to this ever-expanding database. 


Tags: Google, mapping, cartography, geospatial, cemetery

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WORLDWIDE CARPETS : David Hanauer design

WORLDWIDE CARPETS : David Hanauer design | Geography Education | Scoop.it

David Hanauer has created sumptuous rugs that are inspired by Google Earth images.  These images in a repeating patterns create a stunning visual effect.  Paired with Persian styling to create unique, geography inspired carpets, this gallery has 6 different pieces in this art gallery.


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Map Envelope

Map Envelope | Geography Education | Scoop.it

Print your own customized, place-based envelopes using Google Maps imagery. 


UPDATE: Noted UK geography blogger Alan Parkinson has created lesson plans that follow a similar trajectory, getting student to work with Digimaps.  The lesson plan is available here in PDF format.  


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30 Shocking and Unexpected Google Street View Photos

30 Shocking and Unexpected Google Street View Photos | Geography Education | Scoop.it
Canadian artist Jon Rafman is an unusual photographer - he explores Google Street Views and takes screenshots of the most incredible sights here.

 For more, see: http://9-eyes.com

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Dania's comment, August 30, 2012 12:29 AM
incredible images... I always love looking at pictures because a photo speaks or says thousands words... Plus now is connecting images with physical geography, it gives a more clear view of the region and its' people. good job for Jon Rafman... I love his work
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Strange Things in Google Maps

Strange Things in Google Maps | Geography Education | Scoop.it

This site "Map of Strange" is dedicated to showing strange things that can be seen in Google Maps. Displayed here is a beach that I loved to go to growing up in San Diego.  Coronado is written in large stones on this part of the beach right next to the red roof of the famous Hotel Del Corondo (this tab is labeled 'writing of the beach').

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Pixelizing Dutch Landscapes

Pixelizing Dutch Landscapes | Geography Education | Scoop.it

The artistic collection entitled 'Landscapes' compiled  "the bizarre instances of cartographic dissonance inflicted by the Dutch government over their virtual lands. As Henner notes, the number of censored sites within the small country of the Netherlands is surprising, as is the technique used by officials to disguise them. Tracts of land deemed vulnerable to attack or misappropriation are transformed into large tapestries of multi-colored polygons, archipelagos of abstraction floating in swaths of open fields, dense forests, and clusters of urban development."  For additional context, see the original gallery.

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Using Google Earth to Map Your Trips

Using Google Earth to Map Your Trips | Geography Education | Scoop.it
Download KML FILE to BEST view this interactive map within Google Earth. My wife and I took a fabulous trip to the United Kingdom and Greece that was primarily for a writing project that she is wor...

 

I usually redirect readers to articles, lessons, materials and resources that other people have created.  I would like to deviate from that model and share something original that I have created in Google Earth to share photos, give tour guide commentary and give a geography lesson.  The sample is from a trip I was on about a month ago.  I envision my introductory mapping students to create one of these next semester. 

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Vector-Based Maps in iOS 6

Vector-Based Maps in iOS 6 | Geography Education | Scoop.it
Apple announced today that it's revamping the Maps application on iOS devices—iPhone, iPad, iPod touch—introducing a lot of showy new features like...

 

Earlier this week I posted an article that was skeptical about Apple's foray into online mapping that essentially said that Apple could not replace Google.  This article focuses on the differences in Apples mapping strategy--primarily shifting digital mapping for raster based data to vector data.  This is a perfect example to show GIS students the relevance of how data is stored. 

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Finding Shakespeare…with Google Earth

Finding Shakespeare…with Google Earth | Geography Education | Scoop.it
This interactive Google Earth file (KML download available) surveys the important places in the life and works of Shakespeare to add depth and context for an English class.  Produced by an Arizona...

 

Many geography teachers bemoan the state of geography in education and I understand that frustration for more explicitly ‘geography’ courses; I also see this type of interdisciplinary activity as way to create a geography that is a part of all classrooms.  So talk to an English teacher about a collaborative project–it just might get you somewhere.

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