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Why We Travel...

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Morgan Halsey's comment, September 8, 2012 10:13 AM
I really like this quote and it got me thinking. One who does not experience what other places are like can only base life off of what they know. They don't know how blue the water of the Bahamas is or how it feels to stare up at the Eiffel Tower. They haven't been able to see the different cultures of the world and how they act. They only know what they know because of what they've seen in pictures or heard from other people. This does not give them the knowledge that they need about other places.
Kendall Dickson's comment, September 11, 2012 9:21 PM
St. Augustine hit this saying out of the ball park. Sometimes when I try taking picutres of the sky or of a scene, I will delete the picture because it just isnt the same as in realy life. I really think that traveling gives people a reality shock when seeing new phenomena.
Lydia Blevins's comment, September 12, 2012 10:14 PM
What i think this quote means is that you may think you know a lot about the world but until you go and travel to different places you will not fully understand the world. I also think it means that there is so many different things to experience on earth.

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GPS2GoogleEarth - Android Apps on Google Play

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GPS2GoogleEarth is a handy app to log your travel routes, mark your interested places, and view them on your PC with Google Earth later, using fantastic 3D play. 1.2...


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Map iPhone Users In a City, And You Know Where The Rich Live

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"Our stuff often says a lot about us, whether we own a hybrid car or a station wagon, a MacBook Pro or an ancient desktop.  Among other things, cell phone brands say something about socio-economics – it takes a lot of money to buy a new iPhone 5 (and even more money to keep up with the latest models that come out faster than plan upgrades do). Consider, then, this map of Washington, D.C., which uses geolocated tweets, and the cell phone metadata attached to them, to illustrate who in town is using iPhones (red dots) and who's using Androids (green dots)."


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Mary Everhart's comment, June 26, 2013 10:59 PM
I keep wondering what impact commuting has on the patterns shown on the maps.
Timothy Roth's curator insight, July 8, 2013 4:38 PM

This just amazes me! The information that geography relates to us will never cease to amaze me.

Fleur Farah's curator insight, May 27, 7:06 AM

Would Sydney show these trends?

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Tech-ing the Classroom: Two Maps for History Class

Tech-ing the Classroom: Two Maps for History Class | Spatial in Schools | Scoop.it
Two Maps for History Class. Historypin is a photo sharing site that uses Google Maps to display collections of historical photos. Historypin offers several projects and tours that users can engage with as well as specific ...
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Tracking Satellites in Google Earth | Google Earth Blog

Tracking Satellites in Google Earth | Google Earth Blog | Spatial in Schools | Scoop.it
On the right is a map view to show the current location of the satellite, with an embedded Google Earth window below to the view from the satellite. On the left is a very innovative feature that allows you to choose your location ...
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Create-A-Map Assignment Using Google Maps

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I love creating my own maps through Google Maps (MyMaps). Here is my favorite local canyoneering spot, Eaton Canyon.  I have implemented a few assignments where my students create a map as a projec...
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Maps & Earth - Resources for using Google in the Classroom | iGeneration - 21st Century Education

Maps & Earth - Resources for using Google in the Classroom | iGeneration - 21st Century Education | Spatial in Schools | Scoop.it
Maps & Earth - Resources for using Google in the Classroom on iGeneration - 21st Century Education curated by Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) (RT @TDOttawa: Maps & Earth - Resources for using Google in the Classroom -
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The England cuts map: what's happening to each local authority and council?

The England cuts map: what's happening to each local authority and council? | Spatial in Schools | Scoop.it
Where will the cuts fall between the last election in 2010 and 2015?
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I can't wait to see the Queensland version!

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38 Maps You Never Knew You Needed

38 Maps You Never Knew You Needed | Spatial in Schools | Scoop.it

"Some prime examples of fascinating maps." 


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Jordan Macpherson's comment, November 4, 2013 11:50 PM
CRAZY!
Lona Pradeep Parad's curator insight, May 27, 7:46 PM

This shows 38 maps of the world in completely different formats with different map projections and colorings. 

Jake Red Dorman's curator insight, November 13, 11:43 AM

Map number 7 shows what New Yorkers complain about the most in their beloved city. The complaints are split into noise, graffiti and litter. It is no surprise that most New Yorkers complain about noise in Manhattan, well because it is one of the largest cities in the world, of course there is going to be noise. And then looking on the outskirts of the main city in Manhattan there are mostly complaints about litter. The map is mostly blue in most areas. As for graffiti there are a couple pockets spread out which is where I’m assuming most gang activity takes place. Queens, the Bronx, and Brooklyn is where most of the graffiti is located according to this map. I liked this ma because it shows what you’re going to see or hear in certain places in the City area.    

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What Coke Contains — Food for Thought

What Coke Contains — Food for Thought | Spatial in Schools | Scoop.it
The Vons grocery store two miles from my home in Los Angeles, California sells 12 cans of Coca-Cola for $6.59 — 54 cents each. The tool chai…
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Globalisation that kids can really relate to.

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Freedom of the Press

Freedom of the Press | Spatial in Schools | Scoop.it

"Freedom House has been at the forefront in monitoring threats to media independence since 1980. A free press plays a key role in sustaining and monitoring a healthy democracy, as well as in contributing to greater accountability, good government, and economic development. Most importantly, restrictions on media are often an early indicator that governments intend to assault other democratic institutions." 

 

This interactive map shows some intriguing spatial patterns about the freedom of press internationally.  What other patterns to you see in matching up with the most free presses in the world (in green)?  How does a free (or not free press) influence the cultural and political values of a country? 


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10 Amazing Google Earth and Maps Discoveries

10 Amazing Google Earth and Maps Discoveries | Spatial in Schools | Scoop.it
Explorers have used Google's satellite technology and services to discover wonders around the world that have never before been touched by science.

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Interactive World Statistics

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The Brazilian government's geographic department (Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística-roughly equivalent to the U.S. Census Bureau) has compiled an fantastic interactive world factbook (available in English and Spanish as well as Portuguese).  The ease of navigation allows the user to conduct a specific search of simply explore demographic, economic, environmental and development data on any country in the world.    

 

Tags: population, worldwide, statistics, mapping, zbestofzbest.


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Leonardo Martins's comment, October 20, 2012 11:08 AM
So cool…thank you very much!
Jesse Gauthier's comment, October 24, 2012 10:23 AM
The world, here, is literally at your fingertips. It is a simple way for anyone to locate a multitude of data about any given place around the world. It is another way that brings the whole world that much closer in this technological era.
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Image Analysis

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One of a number of large wildfires that have affected northern California in 2012, the Chips fire burned more than 75,000 acres by the time firefighters had contained it.

 

2012 is going to go down as the year in United States history as the year with the most acrec burned in a single year (statistics only go back to 1960).  The two featured images were taken earlier this month to display a Northern California wildfire; both with the same spatial resolution and acquired for the same instrument (Advanced Land Imager on EO-1 satellite), yet they are quite distinct.  One shows an aerial photograph, displaying exactly what standard visible portion of the electromagnetic spectrum (showing us what our eyes would normally see).  The other image displays a false color (near infrared) image. 

 

Questions to ponder: what advantages does each image have for analyzing the fire damage?  Drawbacks?  How does the data from both images work together to create a more complete picture of the situation?     

 

Tags: remote sensing, images, environment, land use, disasters, biogeography. 


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Lisa Fonseca's comment, September 17, 2012 10:22 AM
The first image displays a better visual of exactly where the fire damaged the land, the second image doesn't provide a clear visual to someone, the land effected is foggy. If I was going to visit this specific area in Northern California I would much rather use the first aerial image.
Jesse Gauthier's comment, September 17, 2012 10:31 AM
The first image gives a good spatial shot of where the exact hot spots are located that cannot be seen by the naked eye. The second photo will give you a spatial view of what you can actually see. Both are needed to put out the hot spot because they each will provide two different solutions to stop the burning acres.
Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 25, 2013 8:33 AM

2012 is going to go down in United States history as the year with the most acres burned in a single year (statistics only go back to 1960).  The two featured images were taken earlier this month to display a Northern California wildfire; both with the same spatial resolution and acquired for the same instrument (Advanced Land Imager on EO-1 satellite), yet they are quite distinct.  One shows an aerial photograph, displaying exactly what standard visible portion of the electromagnetic spectrum (showing us what our eyes would normally see).  The other image displays a false color (near infrared) image. 


Questions to ponder: what advantages does each image have for analyzing the fire damage?  Drawbacks?  How does the data from both images work together to create a more complete picture of the situation?     


Tags: remote sensing, images, environment, land use, disasters, biogeography.

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Esri Thematic Atlas

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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.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, June 21, 2013 5:04 PM

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.

JMSS_Geography Resources's curator insight, June 26, 2013 1:20 AM

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.

Carol Thomson's curator insight, July 17, 2013 4:53 AM

First unit is based on maps and atlases.  Want to build a range of resources.

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16 Inspiring Examples of Interactive Maps in Web Design

16 Inspiring Examples of Interactive Maps in Web Design | Spatial in Schools | Scoop.it

Interactive maps link everything from music to food
SUMMARY: Interactive maps are becoming standard for websites, as geotagging and Fusion tables are becoming more popular, notes Rhys Little. Some of the best interactive maps on the Web include a map of bands that have appeared on the radio show "Best of British Unsigned" and a map showing activities and restaurants around Mobile Bay, Ala.

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20 Google Tools for Today’s Classrooms | Digital Learning Environments

20 Google Tools for Today’s Classrooms | Digital Learning Environments | Spatial in Schools | Scoop.it

20 Google Tools for Today’s Classrooms

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By Laura Turner 

Google continues to provide a wealth of useful easy-to-use tools that can be used well in the classroom. Some of these are newer and some have been around for a while. All of these tools, as well as additional tools can be found at Google Options.

1.   Google Sky - http://www.google.com/sky
 Allows you to view celestial objects, including stars, constellations, galaxies, planets and the Earth's moon.

 

2.   Google Scholar http://scholar.google.com/schhp?hl=en
This site allows you to search scholarly online material.

 

3.   Google News - http://news.google.com
Aggregated headlines and a search engine of many of the world's news sources.

 

4.   Google Image Swirl - http://image-swirl.googlelabs.com
Is a visualization tool that organizes image search results into a hierarchy of groups and sub-groups.

5.   Google Video - http://video.google.co.uk
Search and watch millions of videos. Includes forum and personalized recommendations.

 

6.   Google Books - http://books.google.com/books
Search and preview millions of books from libraries and publishers worldwide

 

7.   Google Docs – http://docs.google.com
Create and share your work online and access your documents from anywhere.  Manage documents, spreadsheets, presentations, surveys and more.

8.   Google Trends - http://www.google.com/trends ;
Google Trends, provided insights into the search terms people have been entering into the Google search engine. 

9.   Google Insights http://www.google.com/insights/search
Google Insights provides a visual representation of regional interest on a country's map. It displays top searches and rising searches that may help with keyword research. Results can be narrowed down with categories that are displayed for each search terms.

 

10.         Google Art Project - http://www.googleartproject.com
Users can explore 17 museums from around the world, discover and view hundreds of artworks at incredible zoom levels, and even create and share their own collection of masterpieces. This is an awesome resource for Art related activities

 

11.         Google Swifty (beta)  http://www.google.com/doubleclick/studio/swiffy   
Annoyed that you can’t view Flash files on your iPad?  You’re not alone,  Google “Swiffy converts Flash SWF files to HTML5, allowing you to reuse Flash content on devices without a Flash player (such as iPhones and iPads). 

12.         Google Earth -  http://earth.google.com
Google Earth lets you fly anywhere on Earth to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings, galaxies in outer space, the oceans, Mars and the Moon. GEarthHacks  http://www.gearthhacks.com Download 3D overlays that can used with Google Earth

13.         Google Building Maker - http://sketchup.google.com/3dwh/buildingmaker.html
Building Maker is a 3D modeling tool for adding buildings to Google Earth. It's fun to use, and an easy way to get on the 3D map. Here's how it works: Select a city from around the world. Make a building with photos we provide. Save your building and it will be reviewed. See your 3D building in Google Earth!

14.         Google Reader http://www.google.com/reader/view/#overview-page
Google Reader is a Web-based aggregator, capable of reading Atom and RSS feeds online or offline

15.         Google Sites - https://sites.google.com  
 Google’s web creation tool

16.         Google Talk http://www.google.com/talk   
Google Talk is Google’s approach to instant online communications. GTalk has an in-browser chat function, tied to the iGoogle and GMail pages, with both Video chat and Voice over IP connectivity available.

 

17.         Google Alerts - http://www.google.com/alerts
Google Alerts are email updates of the latest relevant Google results (web, news, etc.) based on your choice of query or topic. Enter the topic you wish to monitor, then click preview to see the type of results you'll receive.

 

18.         Google Finance http://www.google.com/finance
 Google Finance is a wonderful tool include stock quotes, business information and news and interactive charts.

 

19.         Google Translate http://translate.google.com/?hl=en#
Google Translate is a free translation service that provides instant translations between 58 different languages. It can translate words, sentences and web pages between any combination of our supported languages. With Google Translate, we hope to make information universally accessible and useful, regardless of the language in which it’s written.

 

20.         Google for Educators - http://www.google.com/educators/index.html
At Google, we support teachers in their efforts to empower students and expand the frontiers of human knowledge. That’s why we’ve assembled the information and tools you’ll find on this page. Here, you’ll find a teacher’s guide to Google Tools for Your Classroom. And to spark your imagination, you'll find examples of innovative ways that other educators are using these tools in the classroom. While you’re here, you can sign up for the quarterly Google for Educators newsletter, as well as check out the latest from The Infinite Thinking Machine, a Google-sponsored, WestEd-produced blog for educators, by educators.

 

 


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An Ingenious Way Of Using Google Maps To Tell Where Rich And ...

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Reddit user IamNorris came up with a pretty ingenious use of Google Maps to instantly identify where poor people and rich people live in a region. His clever trick — which looks at California's Bay Area — is on the top of ...
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Print 3D terrain with the Terrainator - Google Earth Blog (blog)

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Print 3D terrain with the Terrainator
Google Earth Blog (blog)
Over the years we've seen a few companies offer ways to print 3D models, such as this example from 2009.

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This looks great, imagine students printing out their own landscapes.

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Henrik Safegaard - Cloneartist's curator insight, March 13, 2013 11:43 AM

New website called The Terrainator lets you select your favourite geographical features and get 'em 3D printed. Check it out. Click above or go directly to the site:

http://terrainator.com/

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Maps & Earth - Resources for using Google in the Classroom


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Another great bunch of resources to help get you inspired to use these awesome tools.

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Matthew Rowland's curator insight, April 14, 2013 10:47 PM

This is awesome! #csusmedu13

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Google Maps brings you to Everest, Kilimanjaro with all your toes intact

Google Maps brings you to Everest, Kilimanjaro with all your toes intact | Spatial in Schools | Scoop.it
Living vicariously just got a bit more exciting. Google Maps had added some of the most famous (and highest) mountains in the world to Street View.
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They've been under the ocean, under ground, inside; now we go up.

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MapMaker Interactive

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Use our tools to explore the world, learn about human and physical patterns, and make your own maps.

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Google Maps Mania: Australian Bushfires on Google Maps


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Google Maps for iOS in final testing phase, includes turn-by-turn navigation | Digital Trends

Google Maps for iOS in final testing phase, includes turn-by-turn navigation | Digital Trends | Spatial in Schools | Scoop.it
There's good news for any iOS users still missing their beloved Google Maps app.
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Coastal Hazard Threat Map

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This interactive map of coastal Massachusetts and Rhode Island shows some basic flooding data including: 1) where are the flood warnings (essential the entire coastline), 2) how high the storm surge is, and 3) how high the waves are.

 

Tags: Rhode Island, water, disasters, geospatial.


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Archeology from Space

TED Talks In this short talk, TED Fellow Sarah Parcak introduces the field of "space archeology" -- using satellite images to search for clues to the lost sites of past civilizations.

 

The uses of geospatial technologies is NOT limited to studying geography, but it is the bedrock of many research projects that involve spatial thinking (as demonstrated in this TED talk).  Geographic principles and geographers can be very important  members of interdisciplinary teams.

 

Tags: spatial, remote sensing, geospatial, TED, MiddleEast, historical. 


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Joshua Lefkowitz's curator insight, January 15, 11:13 PM

This sounds really intruging to me; I have heard of astroarchiology before in the aplication of finding undiscovered large objects (cities, towns sttlements) by using satellites to map deviations in teh earths surface accurately enough to distingush structures like a building foundation. I just find this sort of thing fascinating. I am still in awe that this dort of thing is possible.