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using New and Emerging Technologies to enhance Learning Provider's "current Practice" - John is a retired eLearning Adviser, but keeping up to date, and all views are his own
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Mapmaker Interactive - National Geographic

Mapmaker Interactive - National Geographic | technologies | Scoop.it
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MapMaker Interactive is an online tool that can be used to introduce concepts of map creation to learners.
It's been redesigned to support interactive mapping on tablets. And new features have been added to help users view and customize maps.
Three New Features:
   - Saving Maps - Customize the map and save to make it your own.
   - Bookmarks - Bookmarks let you experience and create geographic stories. Scroll through the bookmarks in the bottom bookmarks bar. Save your own customized views of the map as bookmarks.
   - Drawing Tools - Add location markers, draw on the map, and measure distances. You can add notes to markers and drawings from the link settings in the edit panel. Click the edit button and then click a marker or drawing to see the edit panel.

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Photogrammar

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An archive of 170,000 Photographs, Documenting the "Great Depression", has been launched by Yale.
The Farm Security Administration—Office of War Information (FSA-OWI) hired photographers, during the Great Depression, to travel across America to document the poverty that gripped the nation, hoping to build support for New Deal programs being championed by F.D.R.’s administration.
Now Yale University has launched Photogrammar, a sophisticated web-based platform for...
   -  organizing,
   -  searching (by photographer), and
   -  visualizing
...these 170,000 historic photographs.
Photogrammar also offers a handy interactive map that lets users gather geographical information about 90,000 of the photographs in the collection.

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The Sounds of Street View

The Sounds of Street View | technologies | Scoop.it
Sounds of Street View is a digital explorative 3D sound framework for street view environments. Developers can now easily craft virtual-reality sound experiences with ease using the framework.
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Sounds of Street View currently features three Street View locations with sounds matched to them.
Google Maps Street View provides learners with a great opportunity to view the places that they learn about in their various courses.
Amplifon has undertaken an attempt to give learners the chance to hear what it sounds like to visit a place.
Hopefully, the gallery of sounds will expand soon.
Practitioners and learners are encouraged to attempt to create their own Sounds of Street View.

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Timelapse Stunning Satellite Images of Earth

Timelapse Stunning Satellite Images of Earth | technologies | Scoop.it
Exclusive timelapse: See climate change, deforestation and urban sprawl unfold as Earth evolves over 30 years.
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Timelapse a visual satellite timeline powered by Google.

Practitioners can get their learners to choose from some highlighted Timelapse views including: Las Vegas, Dubai, Shanghai, Oil Sands, Mendenhall Glacier, Wyoming Coal, Columbia Glacier, and Lake Urmia.
Alternatively, they can get learners to use the search box to view a satellite timelapse of any place in the world.
The speed of the timelapse can be altered or paused and users can zoom in or zoom out.
Imagery begins in 1984 and goes through to 2012.
Below the Timelapse, learners can read about how satellites are used to capture the imagery they are exploring. Well worth the read!

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quikmaps.com :: new

quikmaps.com :: new | technologies | Scoop.it
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Quickmaps allows users to draw a quick map.

It is very easy to use but it requires a sign up which is completely free. Users can create maps using different tools and once finished they can then get a link to embed it in their web presences or share it with others via email.

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JST VIRTUAL SCIENCE CENTER

JST VIRTUAL SCIENCE CENTER | technologies | Scoop.it
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The Japanese Science and Technology Center currently offers nine science lessons. The list of lessons and activities covers topics in...
- physics,
- biology,
- psychology,
- geography, and
- space science.
Each virtual lesson...
- presents a manageable chunk of information followed by activities in which learners are tasked to use that information.
- has multiple parts (some have 20+ parts) and multiple activities.
- is appropriate for middle/secondary school use.
Some lessons offer more depth than others, but all of the activities offer excellent content.

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GCSE revision and A level revision | S-cool, the revision website

GCSE revision and A level revision | S-cool, the revision website | technologies | Scoop.it
S-cool Revision is the UK’s leading FREE revision website. We provide high quality A Level and GCSE revision guides, revision questions and revision notes to over 3 million students a year!
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Does what it says! This site is idealfor learners preparing for assessments and or revisiting workcovered to refresh memories, practice, prepare etc.

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A free revision site that may help with particular topics.

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BP Educational Service

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The BP Educational Service (BPES) provides free curriculum-linked teaching resources for primary and secondary schools and colleges.
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I've posted in the past about BP Educational Services who provide a large range of curriculum-linked teaching resources targeting primary and secondary schools.
Ideal for practitioners is such learning providers and/or those on Initial Teacher Training Courses.
I try to revisit such website and, on one such visit, found the site has recently been redesigned and features hundreds of...
- lesson plans,
- videos and
- online activities,
...most of which are related to Science, Design & Technology and Geography.
Registration is required to access the resources, but this is free.

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GeoGuessr - Let's explore the world!

GeoGuessr - Let's explore the world! | technologies | Scoop.it
GeoGuessr is a geography game which takes you on a journey around the world and challenges your ability to recognize your surroundings.
John Dalziel's insight:

GeoGuessr is a simple game based on Google maps.
An image is provided of an unknown place somewhere in the world and users have to guess where it is and click that place on the map.
As it's based on Google maps street view, users can actually explore around the image and look for clues.
Once they click on the map they will see the real location and how close or far away they were.
Points are awarded depending on how close users are to the real Users have five turns to score as many points as possible.
Using an Interactive White Board, and Triptico to randomly select learners, practitioners can...
- show learners provided images
- ask them to guess where it is and
- ask them to justify their answers by describing what they can see.

A great way to bring the world into the learning environment; good for learners to explore inside the images and pan around to look for clues. Could be used for discriptive language development; get learners to write short descriptions of each of the five places visited during one game.
I found it fun and a little addictive.

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Freerice.com

Freerice.com | technologies | Scoop.it
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Freerice is owned by and supports the World Food Programme.

For every correct answer 10 grains of rice are donated through the World Food Programme.

Users can answer questions in several categories. Learners can sign up (under 14s need parents permission) or login easily with their Facebook account to track their totals and join and create groups.

Practitioners can now register a class.

Ideal for revision, Functional English/Maths and more.

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Writing Britain: Pin-a-tale - view map

"Pin-a-Tale - Please tell us a little about your chosen work and how the author has captured the spirit of the place and what it means to you."

 

The British Library recently started a crowd-sourced mapping project that could be an ideal resource for British Literature Practitioners.

 

Pin-a-Tale is becoming a map of places that have influenced British literature over the last 1,000 years.

 

The pins on the map contain images and short stories about how places in the British Isles have influenced writing.

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Panoramio - Photos of the World

Panoramio...

- is a lesser known tool from Google and an extremely engaging tool for the educational world.

- allows users to view photographs of various sites around the world.

- displays photographs on a virtual map of the world, creating an interactive and awe-inspiring excursion through various parts of the world.

- pictures are both beautiful and educational.

 

Learners can use this tool to...

- interact with parts of the world and cultures they might never experience on their own.

- consider projects on ancient architecture, history, environmental science, and much more just by using Panoramio to explore the world.

 

Notice that there aren't many photos of friends and family posing in front of places, or photos of interesting surfaces--Panoramio's all about seeing the world.

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Cultural Institute – Google

The Google Cultural Institute helps preserve and promote culture online...

 

Includes...

- World Wonders Project; bringing to life the wonders of the modern and ancient world

- Art Project; The World's art at your fingertips

- Yad Vashem; remembering the Holocaust

- Dead Sea Scrolls; digitizing the biblical manuscripts

- Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory; presenting Nelson Mandela's legacy online

- La France en relief; 17th century France in Google Earth

- Le Pavillon de l’Arsenal; a Liquid Galaxy digital display of Paris in 2020

 

Visitors can spend quite a bit of time on these 7 project sites even if you are not a history learner/practitioner.

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MAPfrappe - Move Outlines

MAPfrappe - Move Outlines | technologies | Scoop.it
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Countries have so many different shapes and sizes, so it can be hard to appreciate the true size of a country unless it is placed over another location. MAPfrappe is a Google Maps mashup in which users are provided with two maps.
On one map they can then “sketch” the initial area they want to use in their comparrison.
They can then use the second map to place it (overlap) wherever they wish.
Practitioners, and/or learners may want to show others what they’ve done, and/or want to come back to it at a later time. If that's the case, a button is provided that generates a permanent URL associated with current outlines and map views.
When users, and/or others, use the generated URL, they will return to the outlines and map that was created.

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Embed Google Maps - Supports Street View and New Google Maps

Embed Google Maps - Supports Street View and New Google Maps | technologies | Scoop.it
The Embed Google Maps is the easiest tool for embedding the new Google Maps in your website. You can even embed Google Street View panoramas.
John Dalziel's insight:

Embed Google Maps lets users easily and quickly embed Google Maps in their webpages, blogs and other web presences.

They can embed a basic Google Map or the 360° Street View panorama.

To get started, users search for a place using the Search box and pan or zoom to ensure that the map they’d like to embed appears in the current window.

Next copy the IFRAME embed code and paste it in their chosen web presence template.

So many uses within Education!

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Smarty Pins: Trivia & Google Maps

Smarty Pins: Trivia & Google Maps | technologies | Scoop.it
Smarty Pins is a Google Maps based geography and trivia game.
John Dalziel's insight:

Google has released this new game called Smarty Pins which uses Google Maps for its layout.
It's a game that tests players geography and trivia skills. It could be ideal for use with learners.
Players in Smarty Pins are asked a wide variety of geography-based questions to which they have to provide answers by dragging and dropping a pin in Maps. 
Scores are converted into miles and players are given 1000 miles at the start of the play .
With each incorrect answer a number of miles are subtracted from the players' score.
The trick is to answer questions as quickly as possible before the number of miles reaches zero.
First select a category. The categories available are...
   - Arts and Culture,
   - Science and Geography,
   - Sports and Games,
   - Entertainment,
   - History and Current Event.
Players will then be provided with a question.
If they find the question too hard to answer they can get help by using the "take a hint" button.
To answer the question players need to drop the pin on the correct location.
The final score you reach can be shared with others using social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.

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GeoStories

GeoStories | technologies | Scoop.it
GeoStories combine interactive maps, media, and narrative. This collection contains all GeoStories from NG Education.
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GeoStories are short, map-based stories featured on National Geographic Education.

The stories combine text, maps, and pictures to tell a story as a series of slides connected to placemarks on maps. National Geographic Education currently offers twenty GeoStories.

The current GeoStories cover subjects in the areas of...

- politics,

- ecology,

- music, and

- exploration.
The Geostories offer a good model of using maps to enhance the telling of a story.

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Melissa Marshall's curator insight, December 21, 2013 8:06 PM

GeoStories are published by National Geographic and contain a narrative, a map and media. It  would be a great idea for students to make their own GeoStory about a significant historical character, ancient civilisation or a journey of discovery! 

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Scribble Maps - Draw on google maps with scribblings and more!

Scribble Maps - Draw on google maps with scribblings and more! | technologies | Scoop.it
Draw on google maps with scribbles, squares, circles, and more!
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Scribble Maps provides an easy Way to Draw and Share Maps!
They've focused on making a tool that makes it easy to draw on Google Maps.
In addition to being able to draw, with Scribble Maps users can:
- Add Custom Images / Overlays
- Place Text
- Place Markers
- Create custom widgets
- Export to Google My Maps.
- Export to Google Earth.
- Save as KML/GPX/JPG
- Create 3D JPEGs & Widgets
- Send Maps to Others and
- Print

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Todd M. Deschane's curator insight, September 24, 2014 2:18 PM

A great way for students and people to practically work off of Maps!

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Map your Recipe

Map your Recipe | technologies | Scoop.it
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Map Your Recipe Shows learners where food originated from.
Map Your Recipe allows users to enter a recipe and find out where the vegetables in that recipe were first domesticated.
Visitors to Map Your Recipe, can try it out with one of the sample recipes or the can enter a recipe of their own.
Entering single items gives users far greater control and understanding.

Map Your Recipe Could be used to gather data, for the production of graphs and more.

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Teaching Ideas Video Gallery

Teaching Ideas Video Gallery | technologies | Scoop.it
Discover videos that can be used to enhance learning in your classroom... along with related teaching ideas and resources!
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The new Teaching Ideas Video Gallery, for younger learners, is now online.
This new part of Teaching Ideas features some videos that can be used as a starting point for learning.
Lots of related lesson ideas, suggesting ways of using the videos, to support work in...

- Literacy,

- Maths,

- Geography,

- History and lots of other subject areas, are also included.
Although the video gallery is quite small at the moment, we are assured that new videos (and related teaching ideas) will be added on a regular basis.

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Sport: Cycling the Alps

Presents a fullscreen 3D experience of all the paved passes in the Alps. Enjoy Google Earth 3D tours, streetview tours, games, detailed profiles, video's, pictures and much more in a great user experience.
John Dalziel's insight:

Virtually tour 2013's Tour de France race route through Google Maps. Cycling the Alps has published a Google Maps tour of the race. Learners can zoom in on the course, see the elevation profiles of the stages, and navigate through the stages.

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Instant Google Street View

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Instant Google Street View
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Simply start typing an address, place name or location, to be instantly taken there via Google Street View. If no Street View exists at the location, or if your search is too broad (e.g. "Germany"), a map will be shown instead.

Try it out!

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The Plasma Screen & Whiteboard Room

The Plasma Screen & Whiteboard Room | technologies | Scoop.it
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A free website where practitioners in special schools can download teaching resources, created by other practitioners, that they can use on their plasma screens, interactive whiteboards, etc.  All the resources have been created by practitioners and are free to use for educational purposes.  Copyright remains with the owners of all the resources on the site.

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DIY

DIY | technologies | Scoop.it

DIY.org is a website aimed at kids but, where educators can find dozens of DIY projects that their learners can do on their own or with their peers.


DIY.org provides videos and instructions on how to do the projects.


After going through the directions learners can then try to complete the project(s).


Practitioners can take the role of parents, having their own DIY.org dashboards that they can use to track the activities of their learners. Learners registered on DIY.org will have aliases and cartoon avatar pictures.

 

DIY.org is a source of project ideas for practitioners and their Learners to work on together.

 

Through the project challenges, students can learn about a range of subjects including...
- biology,
- computer science,

- electricity,

- geography,
- music,
- physics,
...and more.

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4 Tools to Compare the True Size of Maps - Instant Fundas

4 Tools to Compare the True Size of Maps - Instant Fundas | technologies | Scoop.it

Maps are intrinsically inaccurate. It is impossible to accurately represent the surface of the earth on a piece of paper because the earth is spherical while a map is flat.

 

This post looks at...

- OverlayMaps that lets the user compare the sizes of different countries, states/provinces, lakes/rivers and other landmarks around the world.

- MapFight another map comparison tool that lets users compare countries and continents against each other. It also tells you how big or small the compared regions are using figures.

- MAPfrappe is a similar tool but with the advantage that you can actually define your own area to compare.; and

- BBC Dimensions an excellent size comparison tool.

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