Showing posts with label Bing Maps. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bing Maps. Show all posts

Thursday, October 27, 2022

Finding and Exploring 15 Minute Cities

City Access Map is an interactive map that anyone can use to find and explore the walkability of cities around the world. Specifically, City Access Map lets you explore cities in which residents can access needed services within a fifteen minute walk. City Access Map calls these cities 15 Minute Cities

You can explore City Access Map by browsing through the listing of cities or by simply panning, zooming, and clicking on an interactive globe. Once you've chosen a city to look at it in more detail you can adjust the display based on filters that you select. Those filters are things like schools, hospitals, libraries, parks, and public transportation centers. 

Watch this brief video for an overview of City Access Map

Applications for Education
As I explained in the video above, to be listed on City Access Map the city needs to have at least 500,000 people. That leaves a lot of towns and small cities off the map. That inspired me to think about having students use tools like Google Maps and Bing Maps to evaluate where they live to determine how many services are available to them within a fifteen minute walk and how "walkable" their communities are in general.

H/T to Maps Mania

Monday, July 18, 2022

Create and Share Collections in Bing Maps

Google Maps is one of my favorite tools for geography lessons and for some elementary school math lessons. In fact, next month I'm hosting a webinar all about using Google Maps in your classroom. That said, there are some alternatives to Google Maps that I do use from time-to-time. Bing Maps is one of those alternatives. 

Bing Maps has a collections feature that you can use to create thematic collections of places. In this brief video I demonstrate how I created a small collection of National Parks in Bing Maps and how I enabled sharing of that collection. 

Applications for Education
Creating and sharing a thematic collection of places in Bing Maps could be helpful in preparing an introductory geography lesson. It can also be an activity that you have students do to create a collection of places related to a theme that you assign to them. 

Monday, October 5, 2020

How to Measure Distances in Bing Maps and Google Maps

This afternoon I received an email from a reader who was frustrated by how slowly Google Earth loaded on her students' Chromebooks. She had designed some activities about distance that she wanted her students to complete using the measurement tools in Google Earth, but it was loading so slowly for many students that the activity was taking much longer than necessary. She reached out to me for ideas for alternatives to Google Earth. 

My suggestion if you need an alternative to Google Earth for geography-based distance measurement lessons is to try using Bing Maps or Google Maps in your web browser. In my experience Bing Maps generally loads a little faster, but both tools load much faster than Google Earth. In the following videos I demonstrate how to measure distance with Google Maps and with Bing Maps. 

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

New Streetside Views on Bing Maps

Bing Maps recently announced updates to their Streetside Views for desktop browsers. The new Streetside Views offer better panoramic views of city streets and landmarks. In the past exploring Streetside Views was a double-clicking point-to-point experience. Now in Streetside Views you can slide through the panoramas to virtually tour streets in major U.S. cities. The Streetside View includes an overlay of business names and street names when available.

Here's a landmark in Streetside View for all my fellow Red Sox fans.

Applications for Education
Streetside doesn't have nearly same quantity of views that Google Streetview has. But for the places where Streetside is available, the viewing experience is better than that in Google Streetview. If you would like your students to take a virtual tour of a major U.S. city, give Bing's Streetside Views a try.