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Old Maps Online -Historic Maps

Old Maps Online -Historic Maps | technologies |
The easy-to-use getaway to historical maps in libraries around the world.
John Dalziel's insight:
Looking for old maps, perhaps for a local history course/workshop? Maps that learners' could use for a local history comparison activity - comparing their current vision of where they live with what it looked like in the past?
This is one on-line resource worth a closer look; a map that users can browse and search to... 
  - find historical maps to view on-line, 
  - download, and 
  - print. 
Users can search Old Maps Online by entering a location or they can just pan and zoom around the world to find historical maps. 
It's well worth taking a look at Richard Byrne's Vido, demonstrating how to use Old Maps Online at ;
So many maps to explore on the web and... 
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360° Aerial Panorama, 3D Virtual Tours Around the World, Photos of the Most Interesting Places on the Earth

360° Aerial Panorama, 3D Virtual Tours Around the World, Photos of the Most Interesting Places on the Earth | technologies |
AirPano is a not-for-profit project focused on high-resolution virtual tours from a bird’s eye view. Being the largest resource for 360° aerial panoramas in the world – by geographical coverage, number of aerial photographs, and artistic and technical quality of the images, AirPano has already photographed over 300 most interesting locations on our planet. There are more than 3000 spherical panoramas on our website at the moment.
John Dalziel's insight:

The free website contains hundreds of beautiful 3 dimensional virtual tours of beautiful locations all over the world.
The airpano website interacts with a tablet and the gyroscope built into the tablet to enable users to move around and visit these places, virtually.
As users pan theirr device around, so the image moves with them, in stunning high definition.
There are AirPano apps, not free, available both for Android and iOS which users can download from the respective App stores.
Unlike conventional photographs, spherical 360° photo panoramas allow users to rotate an image, change the field of view, and zoom in on a particular detail.

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Click2Map - On-line Map Creator

Click2Map - On-line Map Creator | technologies |
Click2Map is a mapping software that allows you to make maps quickly and easily.
John Dalziel's insight:

Click2Map is a web application that enables users to easily create maps and add points of interest to any geographic location of their choosing.
Click2Map allows users to...
   · import data,
   · geocode multiple addresses,
   · perform batch updates,
   · display directions,
   · customize their own database.
When their map is complete, they can download and use it on their own website and/or blog and/or other web presences.

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National Geographic Education

National Geographic Education | technologies |
National Geographic Education brings geography, social studies and science to life. Using real-world examples and National Geographic's rich media, educators, families, and students learn about the world and the people in it.
John Dalziel's insight:

National Geographic Education provides a treasure trove of educational resources to use with learners.
The content provided aims to enhance geo-literacy learning among learners and raise their ecological awareness of a variety of ecological topics.
The resources and programs featured in the site are about wide-ranging topics in geography, social studies, and science and the learners' roles as global citizens.

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Google Maps Special Collections

Google Maps Special Collections | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

Google Maps Special Collections is a great place to find and explore the Street View imagery of interesting places all over the world.
The Street View imagery allows learners to virtually explore places in a way that can't be done by simply flipping through static pictures in a book or on websites.

They can also be embedded in blogs, websites etc.

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Mapmaker Interactive - National Geographic

Mapmaker Interactive - National Geographic | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

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 | technologies |
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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 |
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.
John Dalziel's insight:

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 |
Exclusive timelapse: See climate change, deforestation and urban sprawl unfold as Earth evolves over 30 years.
John Dalziel's insight:

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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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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John Dalziel's insight:

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 |
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!
John Dalziel's insight:

Does what it says! This site is idealfor learners preparing for assessments and or revisiting workcovered to refresh memories, practice, prepare etc.

MCS Learning Support's curator insight, November 4, 2013 6:55 AM

A free revision site that may help with particular topics.

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BP Educational Service

BP Educational Service | technologies |
The BP Educational Service (BPES) provides free curriculum-linked teaching resources for primary and secondary schools and colleges.
John Dalziel's insight:

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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 PAT - free, open source, portable atlas

 PAT - free, open source, portable atlas | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:
PAT is an excellent resource for geography and history teachers in need of some free, printable maps to use in their learning environments. The collection includes maps of every country in the world. The collection also includes maps of... U.S. states, Canadian provinces, Australian states, and regional maps. Practitioners, and/or learners, can download any and all of these detailed maps for free.
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Scribble Maps - draw on maps and/or make them.

Scribble Maps - draw on maps and/or make them. | technologies |
Easily Create and Share Maps. Share with friends, embed maps on websites, and create images or pdf.
John Dalziel's insight:

Scribble Maps lets users create and customize their maps the way they want.
When using Scribble Maps users will be able to...
   · embed images,
   · add text and markers,
   · create custom widgets and
   · share their final product with their peers and/or Assessor/tutor/practitioner etc.
NOTE: - The Pro version of Scribble Maps has the added features of publishing maps with no adverts.

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ZeeMaps - An on-line Map creator

ZeeMaps - An on-line Map creator | technologies |
Create a map from location list, crowd source, spreadsheets, etc. Publish, share interactive maps. Mapping of radius, administrative, and other regions. Map images.
John Dalziel's insight:

   · is a great tool for creating interactive maps.
   · provides unlimited markers per map and
   · has 3 level access control for each map: viewer, member and admin.
   · allows users to add video, photo or audio with their markers.
There are many other features provided by this tool.
Well worth a closer look!

Ressources pour les cours d'anglais's curator insight, June 28, 2015 4:17 AM
Pour créer des cartes interactives. On peut ajouter de l'audio, de la vidéo, des photos.


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NatGeo Mapmaker Interactive

NatGeo Mapmaker Interactive | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

National Geographic's Map Maker Interactive offers seven base maps on which learners can create custom map displays.
After choosing a base map learners can then choose layers to add on top of the map.
Map Maker Interactive provides a drawing tool and marker icons that can be added to any of the maps.
Learners can also measure distances on Mapmaker Interactive by selecting the polygon drawing tool on the left side of the map.
As learners draw lines the distances appear on the map.
NOTE: National Geographic's Map Maker Interactive maps cannot be embedded into other sites. But they can can be downloaded, printed, and/or learners can share links to them.

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Journey to the Centre of the Earth

Journey to the Centre of the Earth | technologies |
How far would you have to travel to reach the Earth's core? And what would you see along the way? Discover what lies beneath...
John Dalziel's insight:

Journey to the Centre of the Earth is an interactive infographic, produced by the BBC.
As users scroll down the infographic they will see little pieces of information slide into the graphic from the sides. Each of these pieces of information is a fun fact like the maximum depth of a metal detector, the depths of sunken boats, the depths of the layers of the Earth, and the pressure you would feel at various depths below the Earth's surface.
NOTE: the depth references made throughout the infographic are ones that most learners will understand.
All of this provides an excellent way for learners to get a sense of just how far it is to the centre of the Earth.

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MAPfrappe - Move Outlines

MAPfrappe - Move Outlines | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

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 |
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 |
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 | technologies |
GeoStories combine interactive maps, media, and narrative. This collection contains all GeoStories from NG Education.
John Dalziel's insight:

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.

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 |
Draw on google maps with scribbles, squares, circles, and more!
John Dalziel's insight:

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

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 |
John Dalziel's insight:

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 |
Discover videos that can be used to enhance learning in your classroom... along with related teaching ideas and resources!
John Dalziel's insight:

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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