Sunday, February 6, 2022

Map Puzzle - Test Your Knowledge of World Geography

MapPuzzle is a simple online geography game that I recently learned about through the Maps Mania blog. The game is based on the premise of political boundaries being the lines in a jigsaw puzzle. You have to drag the countries, states, or provinces into their proper places on the map. 

MapPuzzle offers a dozen puzzles to complete. You can complete a puzzle of the whole world, puzzles of regions of the world, and puzzles based on the U.S. states and Canadian provinces. 

Watch this short video to see how MapPuzzle works

Applications for Education
MapPuzzle doesn't require registration in order to play. In fact, there isn't even an option to register on the site. You can play it over and over by just clicking the reset button. For these reasons it could be a good game to list as a practice resource on your classroom website or in the "materials" section in Google Classroom.

CanvasMol - Online 3D Models of Molecules

Canvas Mol is a website that provides 3D, interactive, rotating models of simple and complex molecules. There are more than fifty models of relatively common molecules like glucose, fructose, and morphine. Each model can be altered to show or not show bonds, to show or not show individual atoms, and to rotate on the X,Y, or Z axis. Canvas Mol works best in Chrome or Opera, but it can also be used in Firefox and Safari.

Applications for Education
Canvas Mol could be a great resource for chemistry and biology teachers and students. Teachers can manipulate the models to include or not include all parts of the model. Teachers could choose to not display one element of the model and challenge students to identify the molecule.

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