Interpreting climate graphs

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Oct 062010

This week I’m republishing an old post that featured theĀ Interactive Climate Map. I’ve used it this week with Year 8 in conjunction with with a simple activity that I’ve written up on Juicy Geography


Students interpret climate graphs, and then design an appropriate costume based on the data in the graph. I sold it as a kind of Project Geography Catwalk and it’s been very successful once again.

May 062007

Another demonstration of the usefulness of the Google Map Embedder tool.
The original Earth As Art Google Map was created by Jonathan Perkins. I’ve taken his KML overlay of images from the NASA/USGS website Our Earth As Art and displayed them on the map below, using the satellite view instead.

Our Earth As Art

Here’s a great classroom example from a UK geography teacher who has created a map of a local fieldwork enquiry:

Updates to Google Maps and Live Local

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Apr 052007

New developments to the leading online mapping applications are widely reported today. Geography teachers should be aware that some of these features are going to be really useful for writing up fieldwork notes and coursework projects, especially as some form of GIS experience is required by the new Key Stage Three proposals.

Mapperz highlights the new version of Live Local, which is an essential resource for teachers who work in an area deprived of acceptable Google Earth imagery. One of the best new features is the opportunity to subscribe to collections via RSS. At some stage I’m going to repost my own Live Local Collections with the feed link in case anyone would be interested.

Ogle Earth has compared the relative merits of the drawing tools in Live Local and Google Maps in a useful article. I’ve pleased that a number of my students seem to have enhanced their GCSE projects this year with quite good annotation of map and photo data.

Finally, Google Earth Blog is one of several blogs to comment on the new My Maps feature of Google Maps. What’s really exciting is that you can create a My Map and then see the results in Google Earth.

Google Earth Library

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Apr 042007

Despite being just a couple of days old, Google Earth Library looks set to become an essential blog for news of content rather than placemarks. The editor plans on addidng 70 to 100 posts per week until he has worked through his backlog which means that I won’t be subscribing to the feed just yet!

It’s a collaborative blog with several really useful files already posted. I’m particularly looking forward to the development of the education category and wish topomat all the best in his endeavours!

Geograph superlayer

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Mar 152007

News of a great new Google Earth layer that is UK-specific (for a refreshing change!)

Barry Hunter of the extremely useful website has created a superlayer that displays images from the Geograph project (Creative Commons photographs that will eventually represent every square kilometer of the UK.)

The link to the layer can be found on Barry’s blog

This is what you see:
Zoom in to the concentric circles identified by OS reference letters

Camera icons appear at higher zoom levels…

…which are then replaced by picture icons ( a little slowly)

Click the picture icons to display the Geograph photo in the info balloon.

Literary Geography: Using Google Earth to investigate Svalbard, the setting for Northern Lights.

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Mar 102007

I have written up a new Google Earth teaching idea that combines a study of the modern classic Northern Lights by Philip Pullman, with an investigation of Svalbard, one of the settings for the book. The book is published in the USA as The Golden Compass.

source: Wikipedia

Students act as location-scouts, examining the terrain in Google Earth and adding placemarks to indicate where they would film the various action sequences.

Example outcome:
bear palace

google earth placemark download Google Earth placemark

The film version of the book entitled The Golden Compass, is in production. There is an official site for the film.

Go to the lesson page on Juicy Geography