A follow-up to Tuesday’s GeoDart post, Brian said it took a little while, and there are some things he will change in future map-game-making endeavors, but ultimately he was able to create exactly what he wanted to for his students and was pleased with his final product which he graciously allowed me to share with you. To see it, click here and scroll to the bottom of the page. Thank you, Brian! 🙂
My colleague Brian was looking to find some make-your-own map game/activity/quiz today. We know that QuizStar allows users to upload images so we were thinking that would be an option, but we found UMapper’s GeoDart Game. Introduced in 2009, Users select a map from Bing, Google, OpenStreetMap, CloudMade, or Yahoo and then create an interactive map game which will become an embeddable flash game. By the end of the day, Brain was well on his way to making a map game of Southeast Asia. I was a little surprised that there weren’t more quality “map game generators” out there, or at least easily identified, but GeoDart is looking like it has great promise.
Interactive maps are a great way to help students learn and explore information.
Show is an engaging website that allows visitors to explore the US and the World comparing states and countries through statistics and demographics and displays the information visually. The data is so up-to-date that the US maps show a comparison for stimulus and stimulus impact. When you are finished creating your map, you can download the data as an Excel file, save your maps as image files, and/or embed your image in other sites. While data can always be presented in different ways, Show is a great starting point for discussion and demographic study.
Show would be a great starting point for sociology, geography, history, government and math courses.