Sunday, March 25, 2012
Bits and pieces worth a look
Images: City spaces for the people in two large cities: left image: San Diego, US and right image: Brussells,Belgium.
Related sites to the Spatialworlds project
21st Century Geography Google Group
Australian Geography Teachers' Association website
'Towards a National Geography Curriculum' project website
Geography Teachers' Association of South Australia website
* The Maplecroft site: employing spatial technologies and maps to assess risk. As a follow up to the “Risky Geography” Spatialworlds posting this site just confirms the potential of examining risk as a concept in geography classrooms.
The site contains over 500 risk indices and indicators, 100+ interactive maps, plus scorecards, briefings and in-depth reports for all countries and risk issues. Every week there is a new map of interest to the geographer.
The site also has a mapmaker.
The Maplecroft blog is also full of some great geographical information.
* Harking back to another posting, this time on saving the humanities, the site “4Humanities: Advocating for humanities" provides more great discussion on the need for humanities education in our schools.
The article titled “On the Value of the Humanities” by Martha Nussbaum and John Armstrong is of particular interest.
The articles published in The Australian by philosophers John Armstrong and Martha Nussbaum make the case for the value of the humanities and for the need to speak to a mass audience about this value. Nussbaum, a professor at the University of Chicago and author of the recent book "Not For Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities", makes the case that the humanities are more important than ever in the 21st Century.
* Finds home! Here is a great human interest story involving spatial technology.
Read the story of an Indian man living in Australia being reunited with his birth family after 25 years with the help of vague childhood memories — and Google Earth.
* The World Water Day site is also a valuable resource for the geography teacher. The site will keep you informed on issues related to this years World Water Day theme of 'Water and Food Security' by watching interviews, documentaries and animations.
* Never get sick of this site! AirPano is a noncommercial project focused on high resolution 3D aerial panoramas. AirPano team is the group of russian photographers and panorama enthusiasts. During the next 2-3 years they plan to shoot the aerial panoramas and create the virtual 3D tours of the most interesting places of the planet.
* Another 360 site, this time of South Africa. This Virtual Tour Guide site gives 360° views of different areas in South Africa. It takes a little navigation but there are some great views, eg the Amphitheatre from the Sentinel in the ‘berg, the red desert near Port Edward (thought to be the world’s smallest desert) etc.
* A great new resource called Global Words was released last week.
The twelve units of work in Global Words have been produced by World Vision Australia and the Primary English Teaching Association Australia (PETAA) to integrate the teaching and learning of English and global citizenship education.
At the centre of both global citizenship education and the study of English is the aim of supporting students to become ethical, thoughtful and informed citizens, predisposed to take action for change. These units, and the supporting resources of Global Words, aim to build the essential knowledge, skills and values young people need to participate actively, critically and creatively as global citizens. A resource certainly worth looking at for geography.
* Indigenous languages map of Australia
The ABC language map is based on language data gathered by Aboriginal Studies Press, AIATSIS and Auslig/Sinclair, Knight, Merz, (1996). The map attempts to represent all of the language or tribal or nation groups of Indigenous people of Australia.
The Indigenous Language Map is just one representation of other map sources that are available for describing Aboriginal Australia. This map indicates only the general location of larger groupings of people which may include smaller groups such as clans, dialects or individual languages in a group. Boundaries are not intended to be exact.
* Another GIS option worth looking at
'A Gentle Introduction to GIS' at http://linfiniti.com/dla/
It uses Quantum GIS, which is free and open source and includes screencasts. The whole thing is downloadable so you can work with it offline.