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In New Hampshire they are doing great work to make mapping data useful in the classroom. This site is one that they use to show how students can map locally relevant data from an online data set. CoCoRaHS (Community Collaborative Rain, Hail & Snow Network) is a crowd-sourced network that gathers North American precipitation data. The data (especially the total precipitation summary) can be easily copied into as spread sheet and saved as a CSV file (which can be uploaded to ArcGIS online).
Tags: mapping, CSV, water, GIS, ESRI, geography education, geospatial, edtech.
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Thanksgiving has some fascinating spatial components to it. My wife and I prepared an article for the Geography News Network on Maps101.com that shows the historical and geographic context of the first Thanksgiving and in the memorialization of Thanksgiving as a national holiday (if you don’t subscribe to Maps 101, it is also freely available as a podcast on Stitcher Radio or iTunes).
One of my favorite combinations of maps for Thanksgiving involves the geography of food production and food consumption. When we start looking at the regional dishes on Thanksgiving plates we can see some great patterns. This ESRI storymap asks the simple question, where did your Thanksgiving Dinner come From?
This StoryMap is a great resource to combine with this New York Times article that shows the regional preferences for the most popular Thanksgiving recipes. Where are sweet potatoes grown? Where do people make sweet potato pie for Thanksgiving?
Plymouth County, MA is heart of only 3 cranberry producing regions and is was also home to the first Thanksgiving. How has this New England local ecology and traditional food patterns influenced national traditions?
For these and more Thanksgiving resources on scoop.it, click here.
This website is interesting because it gives us the geography of where specific foods in the country are manufactured such as cranberrie sauce, turkeys, sweet potatoes and helps us develop a rich cultural history and earn solidarity of where we come from and the traditions that make us who we are in terms of culinary choices. The original thanksgiving with the early puritan settlers in New England most likely reflected dishes that were synonomous with foods that natives grew and other local items that were family in this area. Now because of industry we to choose foods that have their origin from markets nationwide.
Love to see where the traditional American Thanksgiving food comes from. We have that, but growing up in an all Italian household Thanksgivng was more then Turkey...it had an added Italian flavor. Start with antipasto that had a prosciutto that would met in your mouth, plus cheeses, muhrooms, other meats, then would come the soup, then the pasta, could be any variety then the Turkey, but you would also have a ham because you never knew who was going to stop by, plus all the trimmings and then finally dessert with Italian cookies and pastires along with the Thanksgivng traditions of pumpkin and apple pies. We took breaks inbetween courses to watch some football and make room for more food becasue it was all good. We literally ate all day. So for us out food came form all over the world. In a nation of immigrants, we added our own flavor to an American Holiday..and to me whats more American than brining in some of your own hertitage into a holiday..we are after all a "melting pot"
This 1868 pocket map of Chicago shows the city in full-blown expansion, a mere 3 years before the infamous blaze
This interactive map with a 'spyglass' feature. Chicago is displaced during a economic boom period as the U.S. was expanding westward. Where where the railroads located then? Why have some of them vanished today? Notice anything curious about the coastline along Lake Michigan? Follow this link to see similar interactives of other major U.S. cities.
Tags: Chicago, historical.
The recently revised Geography for Life standards have been aligned to show how geographic skills can be taught within the Common Core framework. The National Geographic Society, in cooperation with the National Council for Geographic Education and the Network of Alliances for Geographic Education created Connections to be that link (for grade specific Common Core/Geography resources click here).
So how is this to be done? This storymap shows ten great examples of maps that can be used as reading documents, one for each of the 10 ELA Reading Standards.
Tags: mapping, English, GIS, ESRI, geography education, geospatial, edtech.
wow very interesting
Very important way of communication!
Increasinglly the historiography of Freemasonry will be mpaced by he discipiine of historical geogrphy combining empirical data, place and narrative drama and code.
"GIS has given us the chance to re-examine how the Civil War battle was won and lost."
July 1-3 mark the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, and it seems only appropriate to share these rich, interactive resources to commemorate the event (this particular interactive feature uses an ESRI storymap template). This fantastic example from the Smithsonian Magazine shows how history teaching and research can be benefited by using GIS with the example of Gettysburg. Many student today visit the sites of the Battle of Gettysburg and get a greater appreciation of battle by getting a sense of the lay of the land and the challenged confronting both armies. National Geographic has additionally put together resources to display other Civil War battles. GIS is not a tool that is just for geographers; any analysis that requires spatial analysis can be mapped.
Tags: historical, war, landscape, spatial, GIS, ESRI.
Looking for GIS integration into history classes? Smithsonian has a great page using the Battle of Gettysburg.
the rent of the civil war
"The following pictures are all embedded in this ArcGIS Online map that I created as a part of the T3G institute in Redlands CA on the ESRI campus."
For me exploring the neighborhoods of Redlands was incredibly nostalgic since it reminds me so much of the part of Burbank that I grew up in, but haven’t had much opportunity to visit since. I left Burbank, CA when I 11 and the next year the city’s landscapes became the set for the TV show “The Wonder Years.” I was 12 just like Kevin Arnold was, and despite a serious lack of Winnie Cooper in my youth, the show still resonates with me as does the Southern California landscape.
"What makes a good map? How can we tell what makes a good map?
Maneras de hacer a los mapas más expresivos y convincentes
Famous TV Moms and where they lived. Happy Mother's Day.
Today (May 10th) is Mother's Day in Mexico and some other Latin American countries so what better time to share this map of TV Moms? Additionally, here are maps that display the various dates that different societies use to honor Mothers and Fathers.
Question to Ponder: Many societies celebrate Mother's Day around the vernal equinox and Father's Day near the summer solstice. Is this a coincidence or are their some gendered messages in these cultural celebrations?
"Can you use physical and cultural geography clues to match the ground photograph with its location? Identify the 10 cities and 10 countries. In so doing, you are thinking spatially and considering language, culture, climate, landforms, land use, transportation methods, etc. to determine the correct answers."
This quiz and others like it are great ways to get students utilize all the information available in a photograph and really plumb the depths of their knowledge about places.
Tags: games, spatial, landscape.
Should be great for FCE speaking speculation. . . .
Although these were designed specifically for GIS day during Geography Awareness Week, these 2 excellent map-based treasure hunts from ESRI are great any time of year. The answer to the question will only pop up in you are zoomed in the the right region (SHIFT + Make a box = Zoom to area). These links will take you to the World Cities quiz and also to the Mountains quiz.
Fun quiz, pretty easy with basic worldly knowledge. Also if you just scroll in close enough then scroll across the page it would then show up to you.
This is great! Thanks.
I'm pleased to announce that for GIS Day, I created a map that has hyperlinks to regionally specific posts that I put on 'Geography Education.' This map was created using ArcGIS Online (here's a free tutorial on how to to use ArcGIS Online tailored for K-12 educators). This is just another way to search for materials on this site. Feel free to embed this map on your webpage or share the link. I'll add more tags in the future as well (just click on the icon to get a pop-up, then click on the image to see the posts). Happy GIS Day!
This interactive map documents where 443 million people around the world get there water (although the United States data is by far the most extensive). Most people can't answer this question. A recent poll by The Nature Conservancy discoverd that 77% of Americans (not on private well water) don't know where their water comes from, they just drink it. This link has videos, infographics and suggestions to promote cleaner water. This is also a fabulous example of an embedded map using ArcGIS Online to share geospatial data with a wider audience.
Tags: GIS, water, fluvial, environment, ESRI, pollution, development, consumption, resources, mapping, environment depend, cartography, geospatial.
water is a resource we all depend on. Some of my best studies were on local Chesapeake Bay issues.
ESRI has recently released a free PDF book entitled "Advancing STEM Education with GIS." GIS and STEM represent an important opportunity for geography.
Happy GIS day! Discover some great GIS resources that you can use in the classroom to help students gain spatial thinking skills and expand their global awareness. Don't think there is a career for you in geography? Think again.
Tags: mapping, GIS, ESRI, geography education, geospatial, edtech.
Geospatial awarness and application is important GIS Day allows people to learn about and plug in to present technology that helps make geopraphy more palpable and easier to understand. There are more and more resources and advancements that have been made available to teach us and simply things in the world around us. understanding relatability and awareness helps us to answer questions about geography that we might not know because of distance and allows those who are preparing to be social studies or history majors to communicate to their students a better understanding of the world around them, and as time passes more helpful resources will be teaching aides in the classroom
Interesting, educational and new learning for some.
" The Smithsonian Magazine recently dipped into David Rumsey's collection of over 150,000 maps to find some of the best representations of American cities over the past couple hundred years. With some simple programming, they were able to overlay images of vintage maps of some major cities onto satellite images from today. The results are fascinating."
The 'spyglass' feature gives thesse gorgeous vintage maps a modern facelift. The cities that are in this set of interactive maps are:
Tags: cartography, mapping, visualization, urban, historical.
Possibly a useful companion to the footprint infographic?
More than 1.4 billion airline passengers departed, landed, or connected through these massive facilities in 2012. Viewing them from above gives a sense of their gargantuan scale and global significance.
This ESRI storymap of the 25 busiest airports compliments nicely the storymap of the 50 busiest ports around the world. The busiest ports interactive clearly shows how East Asian manufacturing is impacting global economics (almost 90% of everything we buy arrives via ship). European and North American ports are few and far between on the busiest ports list but much more prominent on the busiest airport list.
Questions to Ponder: How do places of economic flows reshape the global economics? What do the rankings on these two lists suggest about regions of the world? What would strengthen in a particular mode of transportation indicate?
Tags: transportation, globalization, diffusion, industry, economic.
CD - The ways that places and people are interconnected with other places through trade in goods and services, at all scales.
Great site to see how globaliztions takes a hold. Many of the airport on the list of in the US and many are in China. Not surprising that the two leading economic powers in the world have the busiest airports. Also it is interening to see Las Vegas on the list. Seems that people need a place to blow off some steam from working so hard.
The Urban Observatory city comparison app enables you to explore the living fabric of great cities by browsing a variety of cities and themes.
Yesterday at the ESRI User Conference, the Urban Observatory was unveiled. The physical display contained images from cities around the world to compare and contrast diverse urban environments. The online version of this was announced during in a 10 minute talk by Jack Dangermond and Hugh Keegan. This interactive mapping platform let's users access 'big data' and have it rendered in thematic maps. These maps cover population patterns, transportation networks, and weather systems. This is a must see. Read Forbes' article on the release of Urban Observatory here.
Tags: transportation, urban, GIS, geospatial, ESRI.
Easy to find a picture of the city in the world.
I have been using Google Earth to check out a few different areas that I have and have not been to, particularly Washington D.C./Maryland, which I visited last month for the first time. I thought it was truly awesome and loved all the subtle differences as well as the larger and more obvious differences from RI. This Observatory is pretty interesting, and doesn't limit your observations to strictly visual perceptions, unlike most Astrological Observatories. It is a compendium of knowledge, information, and facts that define and characterize, categorize and redefine areas of the world. This seems like something out of Minority Report or Deja Vu (two really good sci-fi movies with visual observation technology that looks through time), both because of its appearance, and because of its general function. It also reminds me of some stuff that I've seen in the 1967 "The Prisoner" series, which really blew my mind about sociological portayals of the occasionally subversive human condition from entirely oppressing parties and circumstances. Hopefully this information will, as comes with great power, be treated with great responsibility... For all our sakes.
The Esri Thematic Atlas is a configurable web application that uses a collection of intelligent web maps with text, graphics, and images to talk about our world.
ESRI is moving towards creating a dynamic, authorative, living digital atlas and empowering users to create their own. See this great political map of 2008 U.S. presidential election that is a part of the altas; it goes far beyond simple blue and red states. StoryMaps are also democratizing the mapping process. Explore these excellent examples of storymaps (Endangered Languages and top 10 physical landforms).
Tags: GIS, ESRI, mapping, cartography, geospatial, edtech.
First unit is based on maps and atlases. Want to build a range of resources.
Today was the first of the T3G Institute at the Esri headquarters and the wonderful team has shared great resources that I found incredibly useful for teachers to use great web maps. So what makes a great web map. A great web map should be highly interactive, intuitive, and be able to function at various scales. This video helps to show the power of maps to help tell a great story or to share spatial content.
The presenters each shared an exemplary web map.
Tags: GIS, ESRI, mapping, cartography, geospatial, edtech, geography education, unit 1 GeoPrinciples.
Intresting and useful!
This interactive feature includes before and after satellite imagery of Moore, Oklahoma. With the remarkably desvasting tornado that hit this week, this is an user-friendly way to compare before and after images by using the swipe function.
Tags: remote sensing, disasters, environment, geospatial, esri.
This would be great to teach the power of tornadoes for Science!
En cas de catatrophe naturelle, les sociétés d'imagerie satellitaire mettent à la disposition du public leurs images. Ici deux images sont superposées et un volet permet de constater l'étendue des dégâts. A remarquer le fait que la tornade suit une trajectoire précise épargnant certains lieux tout proches.
Example of the "Swipe" pattern
Investigate for yourself the mechanisms of global trade
This more clearly shows the regional restructuring of the global economy than just about anything I've ever seen, especially manufacturing. The 8 largest and busiest ports in the world are all in East or Southeast Asia (and 11 of the top 13). A quick glance at the historical charts will show that most of these were relatively minor ports that have exploded in the last 20 years.
Tags: transportation, globalization, diffusion, East Asia, industry, economic.
I think this is perfect for my geographystudents this week. Worth to use in a study of global tradestructures.
Synchronized and permutable orthoimagery and interactive map visualisation
This set of 19 short essays (around 3-4 pages each) is a great supplemental text. I am eager to read them and other resources in the ESRI library.
"By 2025, the developing world will be home to 29 megacities."
Through this interactive mapping feature with rich call-out boxes, the reader can explore the latest UN estimates and forecasts on the growth of megacities (urban areas with over 10 million residents). These 'cities on steroids' have been growing tremendously since the 1950s and present a unique set of geographic challenges and opportunities for their residents.
Download the data yourself as a CSV file and your can import this into ArcGIS online and symbolize your map with any of the columns in the dataset.
Tags: urban, megacities.
This is a great video for GIS day (TODAY!) to remember why and how spatial thinking and spatial technologies can improve education and communities. GIS will be a mainstay in the emerging workplace.
By moving the slider, the user can compare 1990 false-color Landsat views (left) with recent true-color imagery (right). Humans are increasingly transforming Earth’s surface—through direct activities such as farming, mining, and building, and indirectly by altering its climate.
This interactive feature includes 12 places that have experienced significant change since 1990. This is an user-friendly way to compare remote sensing images over time. Pictured above is the Aral Sea, which is and under-the-radar environmental catastrophe in Central Asia that has its roots in the Soviet era's (mis)management policies.
Tags: remote sensing, land use, environment, geospatial, environment modify, esri, unit 1 Geoprinciples, zbestofzbest.
See how much the Aral Sea has changed due to the impact of humans on their environment for yourself. Drag the slider tool to see a before and after. Reference your textbook (p61) for the whole story.