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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:

The World at Seven Billion October 28, 2011

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The World at Seven Billion: The world’s population is expected to hit seven billion in the next few weeks. After growing very slowly for most of human history, the number of people on Earth has more than doubled in the last 50 years. Where do you fit into this story of human life? Check out this fantastic little application from the BBC.

 

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.

The Big Picture April 22, 2011

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The Big Picture is a photo blog created by a select group of picture editors of The Boston Globe. Entries are posted every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The Big Picture is intended to highlight high-quality, amazing imagery, with a focus on current events.

The Big Picture provides a shot of reality: Great site to get a glimpse of real life around the world! Photjournalism at its best.

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

Taking Liberties January 25, 2011

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Taking Liberties is an interactive web site from the British Library that explores some of the most current and contentious issues relating to freedoms, rights and responsibilities in the UK today. Content includes liberty and law, Parliament and people, the right to vote etc. Using Taking Liberties with students will encourage debate on important issues that they should be considering in their own role in society.

Project: Global Inform January 14, 2011

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Project Global Inform (PGI) is an in-school project where students use media to spread awareness about human rights violations. PGI came out of the idea that we too often “teach” our students about genocide and human rights violations, but never “do” anything about it. This project’s main objective is to create awareness about current human rights violations in our schools, communities, and abroad. Through the use of media and technology students have the power to make a difference.”

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.

The Big Picture November 8, 2010

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The Big Picture: News stories in photographs.

The Big Picture is intended to highlight high-quality, amazing imagery – with a focus on current events, lesser-known stories and, well, just about anything that comes across the wire that looks really interesting. “

The imagery used in this site is fantastic. Photojournalism is not dead in this digital/video age. Congratulations to Alan Taylor, the developer of this site for collating and sharing such a wonderful resource.

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.

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