Showing posts with label atlas. Show all posts
Showing posts with label atlas. Show all posts

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Kids US Atlas - Learn About Animals of the United States

Kids US Atlas is an iPad app that features an interactive map of the United States. On the interactive map you will find twenty-five animals that are indigenous to the United States. Tap on the animals to read about them, to hear about them, and to watch videos about them. The text passages about the animals are accompanied by a picture and a narrator who reads the text aloud. The videos show the animals in their natural habitats. Each video is roughly thirty to ninety seconds long.

Kids US Atlas is a freemium app. The map that features animals of the United States is completely free to use. As you can see in the screenshot below, there are some interactive maps in the app that are only available through in-app purchase.

Applications for Education
Kids US Atlas provides a nice way for elementary school students to learn about animals indigenous to the United States. A follow-up activity to students exploring the app would be to have them create their own maps of other places in the United States that their favorite animals live. For example, if a student chooses the Moose that is depicted as being in Maine he or she could then make a map that shows the other states in which Moose are regularly found.

On a related note, if you have been thinking about updating your iPad, Amazon still has brand new, current generation iPads on sale for only $249!

Sunday, September 9, 2018

The Online Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States

The Digital Scholarship Lab at the University of Richmond hosts the Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States. This online atlas contains more than 700 historical maps of the United States. The maps within the atlas are arranged into eighteen sections. As a student and teacher of history I was drawn to the sections devoted to population, territorial expansion, political parties and elections, and military history.

Many of the maps within the Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States can be animated to show changes over time. For example, in the section on States, Territories, and Cities you can view individual maps for each decade from 1790 to 1930 or you can click the "animate" button to see the maps put together in a time lapse animation. All of the historical maps in the Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States are displayed on top of a contemporary outline of the United States.

Many of the maps have interactive elements. For example, in the section on Political Parties and Opinions you can click on a county or state to see how people voted in that area.

To help students understand what they are seeing on each map, the Atlas of  the Historical Geography of the United States includes a text option that can be selected while viewing a map. Clicking the "text" box will display relevant information in the sidebar of the map.

Applications for Education
The Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States is a treasure trove of resources for teachers and students of U.S. History. In looking through the maps I could see a number of activities in which students compare maps from two categories and try to develop correlations between them. For example, I might ask students to compare maps from the section on Transportation with maps from the section on Boundaries.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Concharto - Atlas Meets Wiki

Concharto combines two easy-to-edit tools into one dynamic place to find geographic and historic information. Concharto is an atlas that can be edited by anyone just as Wikipedia can be edited by anyone. The basic layout of Concharto is a Google Map on each page and in the left margin is information about each placemark on the Google Map. If you find a map that you want to edit or information that you want to edit you can do so. If there are maps that you think need to be added, you can do that too. The policies of Concharto require that entries be written in an encyclopedic style, in other words, gossip/ tabloid stories are removed.

Embedded below is an example of a map from Concharto.

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This screen shot captures what the Concharto atlas page looks like for the map above.

Applications for Education
Concharto is a good example of the type of collaborative projects that teachers and students can build together. To duplicate the same functions of Concharto simply create a wiki using your favorite wiki program (I like Wikispaces and PB Wiki) and embed a Google Map. If you have never tried to create a Google Map I recommend visiting the Google Maps User Guide.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Atlas of Our Changing Environment

The United Nations Environment Program has constructed a Google Maps mashup to displaying more than one hundred examples of environmental change. Each placemark on the map has close-up views of the land and a story about environmental change at that location. For example clicking on the placemark for Manaus, Brazil will reveal close-up imagery of site and detailed information about the environmental changes taking place. Users of the UNEP Changing Environment Map are also able to download the imagery or view the sites in Google Earth.