David Jakes–21st Century Cartography

November 2, 2007

21st Century Cartography

Google Earth and Google Maps

When I think about technology…

–fundament literacy, understanding place in Geography is more important now than ten-fifteen years ago
–added value, the question is why are students still coloring map when the technology exists

— Framed within a proper pedagogy, have to give students fifteen minutes to play (gets it out of the way)

–How do we know it works?, How does the technology extend the learning?

Resources:

JakesOnline!

I’ve got questions…

Can every discipline be studied within a geographical context?

–my response as an English teacher is yes. This is something I do not do enough. Historical and spacial context is important when reading literature. Where is this story and why are we reading it? Let’s go to the map and find out.

How will you help students make meaning of visual data?

How does this change teaching and learning?

Google Lit Trips

Fires in California

–Using Google Map that shows location of fires and the location of buidings and key landmarks within proximity of these fires

Can you build maps in Google Map
–Yes, but you need a log-in to do so. This limits some schools, mine included.
–Teachers can create maps in Google Maps and then export these to Google Earth
—-right click on KML file and save to export for student use
–What is the difference between maps in Google Earth v. Google Maps, question by Wesley Fryer
—-can overcome the limits of log-ins for Google. Google Earth runs independently on each machine
—-Google Maps does not require knowledge of html
—-Google Earth requires some knowledge of importing file type
Google Maps access to
Maplets, Street View, Profile Page

Maplets
–Log-in, browse directory
–Dig a whole through the Earth
Earth impact creators
–Area calculator
–Real-time earthquakes
Australian 2007 Election

KML file
–file type that Google Earth reads
–read time cloud feeds, just saw a hurricane forming in the Atlantic Oceans
–last year a student and I watch plane landings, delayed time, on my SMART Board during his free period. Yes that was killing the bandwidth at my school, but on a SMART Board it was cool to watch

Map Overlaps
–Historical maps
–I have view Hiroshima bombing and D-Day invasion using overlays, talk about the power of visual aide with literature.

Flyover Tours
–narrate voice tours, embed web 2.0 elements into Earth,
–several Social Studies and Literature ideas come to mind
–Google Earth, go to Add Content tab on right

Google Sky
–virtue tours of constellations, great science idea

PowerPoints
–embed PowerPoint via SlideShare into Google Earth
–see Media File Support heading on Dave’s wiki

Grapes of Wrath
–This teacher created tour provides a ridiculous amount of images, text, and spacial learning to accompany the text.

Best Places for Resources
–Google Earth Blog
–Google Earth Lessons
–Juicy Geography

Links to all above on David’s wiki site

Concluding thoughs:
Brain overload.  Glad I have a three hour drive and a free weekend to sort things out.  Last year we had David Rumsey Keynote our GeoTech conference.  He show his historical map collection and showed how to use similar tools.  Great stuff

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Geo Caching

March 6, 2007

After attending a great session on Geo Caching by Shauna Maggs of Groundspeak my wife and I went on to find our first cache together. I see a lot of potential for this in education: geography, science, history, english. In fact, I cannot see a subject which could not incorporate Geo Caching into a lesson. Shauna also introduced a new idea called WheriGo. WheriGo is an provides an opportunity for interactive field trips. It uses GPS and reminds me of the Web 1.0 game that most of use grew-up playing, Oregon Trail. Shauna provided us with some travel bugs and I plan on taking a couple with me to Italy and seeing if they can find their goals.

Enjoy your day,


GeoTech Keynote–David Rumsey

March 5, 2007

This weekend our school held the 18th annual GeoTech Conference. This year’s session proved to be the most interesting of the three I have attended. David Rumsey, President of Cartography Associates, presented the keynote. As I found out during the dinner the night prior to his keynote, Mr. Rumsey is more than just a collector of maps. He is someone who is on the forefront of technology. Through Luna Imaging, Mr. Rumsey is able to share his extensive collection of maps with everyone. Even better, it is free. Mr. Rumsey received offers from prestigious institutions such as Stanford and Yale to house his collection, but after understanding that few people would have access to his collection he declined. While currently only ten percent (a number just under 15,000) of Mr. Rumsey’s collection is available on-line, it is the software that is most impressive. Those familiar with Arc View or the klm files for Google Earth will appreciate Mr. Rumsey’s hand in pushing those applications to new limits. Those who are new to these features, enjoy the tour of Lewis and Clark’s expedition. For me the biggest treat came during the Friday night dinner. During his brief talk Mr. Rumsey outlined the process of scanning such historic maps. He mentioned his goals for the future, including a collaborative project with Flickr. Seriously? This guy is one of the top men in creating digital images of historic maps and he wants to work with Flickr to see that more people can find a use for his collect. I think that is pretty cool. Enjoy the audio of the keynote. I am working on mashing the audio with his presentation and hoping to make that available soon. Thanks to Mr. Rumsey for the book and a great presentation. To listen to the presentation go to iTunes and search for Final Curve.

Enjoy your day,