Sunday, September 28, 2008

National Atlas Map Maker

National Atlas Map Maker is a good tool for creating a wide variety of maps. The map maker can be used to generate thematic representations of large collections of data. Users select data from different categories and the map maker generates a map representing the chosen data. National Atlas Map Maker is similar in concept to the Thematic Mapping Engine that utilizes data from the United Nations to generate thematic maps.

Applications for Education
National Atlas Map Maker could be used by students to create maps representing data sets across a wide range of topics. The map maker has obvious uses for Social Studies classes and could also be used in science and math courses. Teachers can also use the map maker to create sets of maps from which students try to figure out what the map says about the data.