Friday, January 15, 2016

Interacting with maps to learn about ...

Image above: The statsilk interactive thematic map.

Related links to Spatialworlds
GeogSplace (a teaching blog for Year 12 geography)
Geogaction (geography professional learning blog)
Spatialworlds website

Australian Geography Teachers' Association website

Visual interaction with data - thematic maps galore

Following on from recent posting about data visualisation, it is worth having a look at the Statsilk site. The site offers a download of the StatPlanet software, a free application for creating fully customisable interactive maps. StatPlanet can be used to visualize location-based statistical data, such as life expectancy by country or demographic statistics and voting patterns by US state. In addition to maps, StatPlanet also has the option of including interactive graphs and charts to create feature-rich interactive infographics. StatPlanet can be downloaded as a desktop application and used as free educational software. The free download comes with up-to-date world statistics in a wide range of categories and includes a world map (country level) and a US map (state level) - with a limit of 5 indicators.

 If interested, you can pay to upgrade to StatPlanet Plus, an advanced version of StatPlanet which supports map importing (such as shapefile maps), has no data limit, and includes many more powerful features and customisation options. This purchased program will enable you to build your own interactive world, country or regional maps

Check out Statworld on Statsilk

Most useful for the geography classroom is the free Statworld platform on the site that uses open data to create interactive thematic maps. This section of the website provides hundreds of free interactive thematic maps. For example, the map below shows car theft across the world in map an graph form.

Click here to view the categorized list of all interactive maps in StatWorld

Statsilk also has a range of customised maps for free use.

Video support

Very useful YouTube videos on using the Statsilk site are to be found at:

The EduTube on Statsilk is also worth a look to help you make up your mind on its application and potential in the classroom.

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