TEACHERS: Check out these great resources from the Minnesota Alliance for Geographic Education! You can check out their website right here for more cool stuff.
Minnesota Alliance for Geographic Education Podcasts
Have you checked out the growing podcast list which M.A.G.E. is producing? They are all on Geography topics or skills and almost all are coded by Minnesota Geography standards. They range from lower elementary to HS and beyond in scope. Most are 10 minutes or under, and you can play them on your computer or iPod, iPad and other hand held devices. All devices will produce audio, and some devices will show visuals, clickable links and chapters. We will keep adding to this list which numbers well over 50 currently. The podcasts have standards, keywords and other helpful features. Go to the URL just below the title above and look on the right hand, lower side for “Podcasts”. We’d love to have some feedback on this project.
This site has a list of historic digital maps categorized by time, topic and other ways. A point on the down side is that I did find a number of dead links.
World Rankings Site
This is a very easy to use site which includes all types of categories which it ranks. Some of them are Geography categories. Younger kids should be able to use this site. Categories include people, sports, technology, environment, countries and entertainment.
U.S. Historical City Maps (from Perry-Castaneda Library)
The Perry-Castaneda Library is just a great site to find any map. But there is a nicely organized list of city maps here which can save you or your students a lot of time searching on your own.
National Climatic Data Center Maps (NOAA)
Select a variety of maps and time frames from easy to use menus and you will be rewarded with maps of the USSA with the appropriate data displayed. This link was posted on the M.A.G.E. Face Book page by Craig H from Hibbing. Thanks Craig!
World Climate and Temperature
This site contains more than 4,000 locations for climate information. The data is displayed in clear graphs and may be compared to other places by using the tabs in your browser. Search for places by the alphabet, key word search, or by an interactive world map with all of the locations showing. A great resource for teaching about climates and climate graphs!
Montessori Inspired Geography Activities
Lots of clever activities are outlined on this site. Many are for younger students.
Interactive Map of Undersea Cables
Jim H of Bloomington sent us this link which shows all of the 299 undersea cables which carry telecommunications across the world. I am sure there is a lesson plan waiting to happen with this map and the accompanying images on related pages.
Thousand Wonders (interactive site)
If your class is studying major cities, world attractions, or other categories, this is the site to see great pictures! You might start by clicking on “Map” at the top of the screen. That will open a world map with thumbnail images of world attractions. Roll your cursor over the thumb and see a larger picture of that spot. Click on the thumb and be taken to a page with more about that location. I wanted images of modern Bankok. This site has an interactive satellite map of Bankok with major city attractions shown on the map. Click on the attraction and a high quality, large picture will appear on your screen. This is a good way to talk about “Sense of Place” with your students, and includes far more than Bankok.
Global Metropolitan Urban Area Footprints
This page has 50 or 60 colored images which reflect the shape of the built up area in each city/urban area. The icons are color coded by continent, and the size allows approximate comparison of the area covered.
Latitude and Longitude Finder
Here is a quick and easy to use latitude and longitude finder. you may search for the country’s L and L, or enter the L and L to find what is there.
Top 10 of the World in Maps (from Maps of the World)
This is just a handy list to choose from. Your students might enjoy seeing a map of the world which shows things like the largest armies, largest cities, poorest countries, etc. Choose from a list and the map is displayed. Lots of advertising on this site, but it is free to use.