The website FarandWide offers blogs maps on a wide variety of topics. Although the website is targeting US citizens who wish to travel, there are interesting topics that may be used by curious person. Particularly interesting are the many sets of maps available: geographical, social, political, historic, current social issues etc.
100 Amazing World Maps
Maps that changed the world
Recently a set of 75 maps were published with data on European countries that may be of interest when travelling. Most maps show when the data were gathered, though with some maps this information is missing. Though this can be a good exercise for students to look at data and information on the web critically.
Maps that show Europe in a new light
Wrong Historical Maps
Two examples of Maps that made us laugh and could be inspiration for students to search for or make their own maps.
See our other blogs on Maps for example: Critical on Maps and Maps of the World
Why all maps of the world are wrong. Or in other words: Why do all maps of the world present a wrong, distorted image.
Why do we use maps? How can we present the globe in two dimensions? What challenges do we face?
Start with one of the first two videos and then move on to the second one. The latter is spoken fast and uses a wide, scientific vocabulary.
The only correct representation of the world is a globe. Every projection serves a specific purpose. It’s interesting to explore the different projections and their use and purpose throughout history. It appears that projections and perpectives change over time and place and are culturally bound.
To get a good impression use the tool ‘The True Size‘. This tool makes it possible to drag a chosen country over the world and compare its (true) size with that of other countries. Visit the website https://thetruesize.com
This topic can be addressed from many different angles: geography, politics. history, mathematics, ethics….
The World Atlas App is a comprehensive educational app for geography. Position maps, flags, and data for more than 240 countries and territories of the world are available. Data from wikipedia is attached to the App. The App is suitable for secondary and higher education students.
The free edition offers political maps with regional units and comprehensive economic and statistical country data for all African countries. For extensive information on all countries in the world and for the complete Quiz function, the full version must be purchased.
See also Maps of the World,which is more suitable for primary and lower secondary students.
|| Basic version : Free
Full version : $ 4.00 (approx.)
|| iPhone, iPad, Google Play/Android
|| iOS 9.0 or later, Android 4.1 or higher
Maps of our World App describes itself as a geography quiz. yet, the App is more than a quiz, it is a training tool on topographic features such as countries, capitals, other major cities and rivers.ains etc. In addition it shows information on countries. The maps are highly clickable. The free version is very useful, shows mainly political maps, and is so far free from advertisements. The full package offers fysiological maps as well.
Many Apps that claim to offer World Maps have a strong focus on the USA. The App Maps of our World is a genuine tool for more than just the USA.
It ia a user friendly App which is a great tool for primary and lower-secondary students to train there knowledge on the position of countries and cities in the world and some main features.
For more extensive geographic information see the World Atlas App.
|| Basic version : Free
Full package : $ 12.99
|| iPhone, iPad
|| iOS 9.0 or later