Showing posts with label MapMaker Interactive. Show all posts
Showing posts with label MapMaker Interactive. Show all posts

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

NatGeo Map Maker Interactive - A Good Classroom Alternative to Google Maps

National Geographic's Mapmaker Interactive can be a good alternative to using Google Maps in your classroom. Mapmaker Interactive offers a number of features that students and teachers can utilize without the need to enter an email address or register to use the Mapmaker tools. Those tools include measuring distances, adding placemarks, layering information, and switching between base map layers. In the video embedded below I provide an overview of the features in National Geographic's Mapmaker Interactive.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Measure Distances Between Places on NatGeo's Mapmaker Interactive

Late last week I received an email from a reader who was looking for some help with Google's My Maps tool. She wanted her students to be able to measure distances between two or more places without having to sign into the map as editors. This can be accomplished by simply right-clicking on the map and selecting "measure distance" then click two or more points on the map to measure.

While we're on the topic of maps, I want to remind you of National Geographic's Mapmaker Interactive which also has measuring tools for students to use. Students can measure distances on Mapmaker Interactive by selecting the polygon drawing tool on the left side of the map. As students draw lines the distances appear on the map.

National Geographic's Map Maker Interactive offers seven base maps on which users can create custom map displays. After choosing a base map students then choose layers to add on top of the map. For example, students can select the Ocean base map then choose Tropical Cyclones layer to display on the map. Map Maker Interactive also provides drawing tool and marker icons that can be added to any of the maps.

Applications for Education
One drawback to National Geographic's Map Maker Interactive is that your maps cannot be embedded into other sites. But you can download your maps, print them, and share links to them.Overall, the ease of use and the variety of themes makes Mapmaker an excellent alternative to creating maps on Google Earth. In fact, in some ways it's better because you don't have to install anything or register to use Map Maker Interactive. Adding layers to Map Maker Interactive is also more intuitive than adding layers on Google Earth.

Monday, November 10, 2014

A Map of Staple Food Crops of the World

Next week is Geography Awareness Week. The future of food is the theme of this year's Geography Awareness Week. National Geographic has created a collection of resources about the theme of the future of food. One of the resources in that collection is a map of the staple food crops of the world. The map depicts where in the world ten staple crops were produced and the quantities produced. All of the layers of the map can be used in National Geographic's MapMaker Interactive.

Applications for Education
MapMaker Interactive is a good tool to use to introduce concepts of map creation to elementary school and middle school students. You could have students use the staple food crops map layers in conjunction with other layers to have formulate ideas about why a particular country or region produces a type of staple crop.