Friday 5: Geography/Travel Sites
Maybe I should turn the Friday 5 into the Saturday or Sunday 6. It seems I’m not meeting my self-imposed deadline these days. Life is busy!
Enjoy this week’s selections,
The first two sites were suggested by readers this week… both contributors are named Nicole and both read the Friday 5 via the Web Institute for Teacher’s listserv! Thanks, Nicoles!
1) Google Earth
I started playing with Google Earth this week as the Mac version recently was released for beta testing. I didn’t realize what all the fuss was about until I tried it, and it’s highly addictive! I’ve heard the PC version is much better, too. My students also LOVED playing with it, which makes me think that using Google Earth to introduce geography related concepts to kids would be highly motivating. Try it…. you’ll like it. By the way, check out Google’s logo celebrating Dr. King’s birthday if you happen to read this during the weekend of January 15th.
2) State Capitols: A Never Ending Hobby
This site has everything you’ve ever wanted to know about state capitols and then some!
3) Education World’s Lesson Planning: Five Times Five: Five Activities for Teaching Geography’s Five Themes
Despite the plethora of advertising on Education World’s site, I love its content. Activities are presented on this specific page to aid in the teaching of concepts related to location, place, human-environment interaction, movement and regions.
4) Zoom Into Maps
This is from the highly regarding American Memory web site.
5) Historic Maps in K-12 Classrooms
Here is a great resource from Chicago’s very own Newberry Library. It is very well organized with lots of primary source material and additional resources.
6) A9.com Maps
Suggested by my colleague, Marty Billingsley, this site should be explored and probably will intrigue you almost as much as Google Earth!
Widget of the Week: Yahoo! Widgets
Podcast AND Blog of the Week: Travelvlog
Blog and video clips are available here: http://travelvlog.blogspot.com/
Video and audio is also available in iTunes if you search for Travelvlog by Graham Walker.
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