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Tour Builder - Put your story on the map.

Tour Builder - Put your story on the map. | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
Tell your stories with photos, videos and rich text on Google Earth.
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I came across something called myHistro a couple of years ago. It is a web based app that lets users create location based time lines using maps. Really very good, but students found it a little bit clumsy to use. I was so excited when I found Google's TourBuilder. It does pretty much the same as myHistro but is more user friendly. My students really like using it. So, I cannot for the life of me understand why they would make impossible to use in Chrome. Does this mean they're going to can it? I hope not!

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Google holds a mirror up to the world

Google holds a mirror up to the world | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
The team behind Google Maps won't stop until it has every last inch of the planet stored on its servers. Would we really be so lost without them?
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This is interesting. I am somewhat torn here. As a kid I imagined being able to see myself moving on a map and how cool that would be. When I was at university and studied GIS, I could imagine it even more clearly. And now that I can look at my phone and actually see a wee dot on screen moving along the road as the bus/taxi I'm on does, just blows my mind. However, as a teacher I am concerned about the "dumbening" of people, especially kids. People question whether getting kids to physically draw maps & diagrams is relevant these days. Yes, I say! A thousand times, yes! I think is really important that we (all of us not just kids) go analogue sometimes. To read an actual book (especially if it's an atlas!), write or draw something with a pen and/or pencil, use our own brains to do things rather than Google's. We need to exercise our brains in a variety of ways so that we can forge new pathways and strengthen our minds. I'd love to hear other people's thoughts on this. 

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The Politics of Google's Mapping - GIS Lounge

The Politics of Google's Mapping - GIS Lounge | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
Being one of the world's leading online web mapping service means also trying to walk the impossible tightrope between the political bickering of countries.  More ...
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Although border disputes are not a new phenomenon, perhaps the prospect of national governments suing companies because of the way things are portrayed or not is a 21st century issue. This article raises all kinds of discussion points. For me, the first couple are how much do we reply on the likes of Google and what can go wrong with an over reliance on technology like this? Intriguing, no?

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Tour Builder - Put your story on the map.

Tour Builder - Put your story on the map. | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
Tell your stories with photos, videos and rich text on Google Earth.
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This is something new from Google. It is in beta testing at the moment. I think it is pretty cool and dead simple to use. If you are familiar with myHistro you probably find this a little more user friendly. 

 

I use an app called Ghostery to block website tracking. It is very interesting that I was unable to upload photos until I stopped blocking Google Analytics and Google +1.

 

Never the less, a user friendly teaching tool.

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Tony Hall's curator insight, November 16, 2013 8:58 AM

Really user freindly app from Google. Very useful in the classroom.

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How Google is mapping out our lives

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The company's foray into the public space could have drastic implications.
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This is a little bit spooky and raises some very interesting questions.

Is it possible to trick Google's algorithm? If so, how? Should people choose not to use Google if they don't like the way they operate? What are the alternatives? Are they any better? Is this the realisation of Orwellian notion of "Big Brother"?

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Google Maps Mania: Asteroid Impacts on Google Maps

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This is quite interesting. Not sure if it completely fits the IB Geography Hazards topic:)

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