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 Tips marks 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.
The Spatial History Project at Stanford puts together some fantastic geovisualization that is an awesome site that allows you or your kids to spatial and temporally the diffusion of Nazi concentration camps. It has some clickable 'GIS-like' layers to help students contextualize the data and to make some important interdisciplinary connections. Originally spotted on http://ushistoryeducatorblog.blogspot.com/
Great description from Seth Dixon: "The London Transportation Museum is currently hosting an exhibit entitled “Mind the Map: Inspiring Art, Design and Cartography” (which is a clever play on the omnipresent London Underground caution to ‘Mind the Gap’ when exiting or enter the subway). From May 18th to October 28th this geographically-inspired exhibit will be open to the general public. Yesterday at the Grand Opening, there were artists, authors and urban planners discussing their work, all of which dealt with the importance of transportation networks as an essential component to creating alternative urban visions. There are also humanistic works of art that see transportation as the lifeblood of the city, pulsating to the rhythms of the diverse demographic segments and uniting Londoners. This exhibit is absolutely for all London geographer teachers, or anyone visiting London before the exhibit closes on Oct 28, 2012."
This cartogram shows the distribution of one major fast food outlet brand (McDonalds's). By 2004 there were 30,496 of these McDonald's worldwide with 45% located in the United States. The next highest number of these outlets are in Japan, Canada and Germany.
The world average number of outlets of this one brand alone is 5 per million people. In the United States there are 47 per million people; in Argentina and Chile the rate is a tenth of the American rate; the rate in Indonesia, China and Georgia is a hundredth of the American rate. In all the territories of Africa there were only 150 outlets: mostly in South Africa. What does this say about consumption, economics, development, globalization and branding? Search http://worldmapper.org for more excellent cartograms.
Interactive map for the upcoming 2012 presidential election. Use it to predict which candidate will reach the necessary 270 electoral votes. The road map to 270 lets you see all remaining combinations.
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