Friday, February 16, 2007

Social Sciences Tools

DiscoverOurEarth is based on the research done in the geoinformatics lab at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (University of California, San Diego). There is a wide range of information related to the Earth sciences, accompanied by images, graphs, maps, and movies. Discovery topics: Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Topography, Plate Tectonics, and Sea Level Change. Web tools for on-hands learning such as: interactive mapping, virtual experiments and interactive 3D graphics.

USGS (US Geological Service) website has an online tool called Map-It that is a simple form that you fill in the longitude/latitude pairs as input and the form "plots them on a Mercator projection map along with land/sea and political boundaries."

Strange Maps is an mapping blog that has postings on a wide range of interesting maps and wonderful annotations. Today's posting is a world map on driving orientation....who drives on the left or the right hand side of the road. Some great stories and maps to spark discussion in your class.

PRI's The World is a is a co-production of the BBC World Service, PRI and WGBH Boston.
With podcasts, colourful pictures and stories with a global perspective, this site brings the world to your students. Check out the Geo Quiz that has a new question posted everyday for your students to ponder.

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