Saturday, November 30, 2013

Wikihood World Browser - Part Map, Part Wikipedia

Wikihood World Browser is a neat combination of Google Maps and Wikipedia. The goal of Wikihood World Browser is to provide visual, geo-located context for Wikipedia entries. You can explore Wikihood World Browser in two ways; you can simply browse the map by scrolling and zooming in on locations then clicking on placemarks or you can enter specific locations into the search bar. Wikihood World Browser will accept search queries for specific places and it will accept queries for some historical events like the Battle of Gettysburg.

After you choose a location in Wikihood World Browser you can open summaries about famous people, culture, economy, and physical geography of that location. You can also just jump to the complete Wikipedia page about your chosen location.


Applications for Education
Wikihood World Browser could be a great site for students to explore to learn about all kinds of places and events around the world. It's kind of like having an encyclopedia and an atlas side by side. I found myself just clicking around the map and learning about clusters of places that are close together. Geography teachers who assign students the task of researching a country may find that Wikihood enables students to get beyond general overview facts about a country and move into learning about the regional and or cultural differences within one country.