Image above: The data visualisation site called Gapminder
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11 great sites to start planning courses
“Some are new, and some have been around awhile, but all have consistently been those resources that have fostered inquiry-driven, spatially-oriented, project-based education using GIS.”
Joseph Kerski, Esri Education Manager
As I was about to start planning my geography courses for this year, our GIS colleague in the US, Joseph Kerski posted his favourite 20 GIS/Geography orientated sites. Thanks Joseph, you have provided me (and others) with a great list to work with as we look for quality and engaging sites for studnet use. I have selected 11 of these sites to start my geographical planning for 2013. These 11 sites provide GIS platforms, data, visualisations, imagery, videos, lessons, activities and Web 2.0 capacity to communicate with other spatial educators. These web resources and sites I have previously posted as my favourite on Spatialworlds should keep me busy putting together my courses for the next few weeks. Gee, we are so lucky these days with such great resources, free and only a click away.
- Change Matters: http://changematters.esri.com/compare
Examine landscape changes resulting from natural and human causes using historical and current Landsat satellite imagery from NASA/USGS shown in a side-by-side online GIS from Esri.
- Worldmapper: http://www.worldmapper.org
I have always valued the effectiveness of teaching with cartograms, and this site allows you to create cartograms and analyze spreadsheets for hundreds of variables by country. It also allows you to download the data as spreadsheets and bring them into ArcGIS for Desktop for further analysis.
- GapMinder: http://www.gapminder.org
Understand the world’s past, present, and future changes through unique visual animated graphs of hundreds of variables.
- ArcGIS Online: http://www.arcgis.com
As my colleagues and I have written and created videos about for the past several years, Esri’s ArcGIS Online allows you to make your own customized maps, analyze thousands of data sets from local to global scale, map your own field-collected data, create map-based presentations, save and share your maps with others, and much more.
- NationMaster: http://www.nationmaster.com
and StateMaster: http://www.statemaster.com
Unique, powerful chart and graph comparison tools backed by data for hundreds of variables by country and US state.
- Geography Channel on YouTube:
1,000 geography-and-GIS-themed movies on ecoregions, scale, fieldwork, biomes, energy, water, population change, GPS, and other topics filmed on location.
- Geocaching: http://geocaching.com
Real-world outdoor treasure hunting game using hidden containers on the landscape requiring spatial thinking and GPS to discover them.
- Esri Education Community: http://edcommunity.esri.com
Connect with other educators using GIS in the curriculum; discover lessons, data, videos, blog posts, and other documents supporting spatial analysis in the curriculum.
- GPS Visualizer: http://www.gpsvisualizer.com
Online mapping utility that creates maps and profiles from GPS data, addresses, and coordinates.
- Geospatial Revolution: http://geospatialrevolution.psu.edu/
Professionally-produced series of videos illustrating the use of geotechnologies in society, and the importance of spatial analysis and GIS for 21st Century decision making.
- NASA Earth Observations: http://neo.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/Search.html
NASA Earth Observations is a set of georeferenced images for the planet on oceans, atmosphere, energy, land, and life, able to be examined online over space and time, and downloaded into a GIS for further analysis.