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Spotzi February 5, 2012

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 ”Spotzi shows you the world in a unique and astonishing way. It not only shows you street maps and high detail areal maps. That’s just a starter. Spotzi goes beyond any political border and zooms in to any aspect of our planet. By clicking the themes at the left you can start browsing for almost any theme you might be interested in. Locations of animals, temperatures on earth and the grand tectonic plates are just some examples. It is all map based. Why? A map tells you more than a thousand words. Each theme has its own map and will be activated by clicking on the theme of your interest.”

The Earth At Night:

UNESCO World Heritage Sites September 16, 2011

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Currently there are 911 places on the UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites list. The site features a Google Map of them all. You can zoom and click on the map to find and explore sites all around the world. Here is an example of my local heritage site New Lanark which has always been a special place to me.

TOPOROPA May 19, 2011

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Toporopa provides educational and entertaining quizzes about Europe. The focus is on the map of the European continent that brings together geographical, political, historical and economical knowledge.
The games are primarily interactive identification games. For example, in the Capitals of Europe game players earn points by clicking on a country then entering the name of that country’s capital. In Battles of Europe players earn points by dragging the name of a battle to its proper location on the map.

Many Eyes April 14, 2011

Posted by Mr Sexton in : Applications, Business Education, Computing, Cross Curricula, Geography, History, Mathematics, Numeracy, RMPS, Science , add a comment

Many Eyes is set up to allow the entire internet community to upload data, visualise it, and talk about their discoveries with other people. If you’re not interested in creating visualisations but just want to explore the visualisations created by others, you can do that on Many Eyes too. Here is an example I looked at on average soccer attendances: 

Average Attendance Of Top-Tier Soccer Leagues Many Eyes

You will find common visualisations like line graphs, bar graphs, maps, and word clouds. You will also find some less commonly used and or more difficult-to-create data visualisation displays like treemaps for comparison, block histograms, bubble charts, and phrase nets.  Many Eyes makes visualising data interesting and accessible

If It Were My Home March 30, 2011

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“The lottery of birth is responsible for much of who we are. If you were not born in the country you were, what would your life be like? Would you be the same person?

IfItWereMyHome.com is your gateway to understanding life outside your home. Use our country comparison tool to compare living conditions in your own country to those of another”.

So keeping it current. If I had been born in Libya rather in the UK@

These summary facts (and many more) are covered in greater depth within the comparisons. 

The one downside to the site is the amount of non relevant advertising.

How Igloos Work December 29, 2010

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Over the past few weeks here in the UK we have had loads of snow (far more than normal!). All over the place snowmen were appearing as many of our school children were given a few days extra holidays. Some of the more adventurous even had a go at building igloos. So for future reference please use How Igloos Work to discover many of the interesting facts on Igloos, the Inuit people and how igloos are constructed.

Data Blog November 29, 2010

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Data Blog(provided by guardian.co.uk) is an intruiging site full of snippets of interesting data that you know that some day you will find a use for. Today for example it is considering the cost of Leeds’ Lord Mayor. There are many topics considered by Data Blog and the data is given in various different forms. You could easily spend a few hours just searching and getting answers to questions you didn’t even know you had. Just in case you did want to know the cost of Leeds’ Lord Mayor was £1,585,367.92 from 2005-10.

On a far more serious/topical issue here is  a map of every incidence of diplomatic or armed hostilities between North Korea and South Korea over the last sixty years created by Data Blog. Click on the image to find out more about each incident.

Newsmap November 7, 2010

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Newsmap: an experimental news site combining Google Maps with Yahoo News which helps you locate world news stories by location (Country and in some cases local/city)

Newsmap would be useful for providing students with a variety of perspectives on world news and a variety of stories from which to make comparisons.

Target Map November 2, 2010

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Target Map:

Just choose a country and a way to create your map by color, type values or by uploading your excel files (you can even use your postal code column to get the best and most accurate maps!)

View more maps

GRID-Arendal October 28, 2010

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Environmental Knowledge for Change

GRID-Arendal is a collaborating centre of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).   GRID-Arendal has a massive maps, graphics and image database with some interesting topics being covered and some  stunning imagery.  A MUST go to site for eco-groups.

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