Saturday, November 13, 2021

How to Overlay Historical Maps on Current Maps

Next week is Geography Awareness Week. Google Earth is my favorite educational technology tool to use to teach history and geography lessons. And one of my favorite things to do with Google Earth is to overlay historic maps onto current maps. It's a great way for students to see how borders have changed over time, how landscapes have changed over time, and how our understanding of the world has changed throughout history. 

There are a couple of ways to overlay historical maps on current maps in Google Earth. The first is to simply use the Rumsey Historical Maps collection layer in Google Earth. That method is demonstrated here. The other method is to find a historic map, download it, then use it as an image overlay in Google Earth. That method is demonstrated here





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PowerPoint, PBL, and Mountain Lions - The Week in Review

Good morning from Nebraska where I'm visiting my good friends Kris and Beth Still. Long-time readers of my blog will remember that Beth filled in for me when my daughters were born and before that was responsible for the NECC Newbie Project that sent me to my first NECC (now ISTE) conference way back in 2009. Beth probably had more impact on the course of my career than anyone else. 

Earlier this week I took Veterans Day off and took my daughters to the Maine Wildlife Park. It's one of our favorite places to visit and this time the mountain lions were even kind enough to pose for pictures (not really, we were just in the right place at the right time). I hope that you had a great week and have a great weekend as well. 

These were the week's most popular posts:
1. ClassPoint - Turn PowerPoint Into an Interactive Teaching Tool
2. How to Create a Random Name and Group Picker
3. Solving Problems With Simple Machines
4. Try Tract for PBL and Win Prizes
5. Lumio - Connect With Your Class
6. How to Hyperlink PowerPoint Slides for Choose-Your-Own Adventure Stories
7. How to Create Live, Subtitled Translations of Presentations

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