Resources for Teaching and LearningA Map of the Online World in Incredible Detail - This map of the internet by Halcyon Maps was inspired "by the look and design of historical maps" and "provides a snapshot of the current state of the World Wide Web, as of April 2021."
Vice: Millions of People's Location Data Revealed a 'Universal' Pattern In Study - "A team modeled recurring visits to various city locations using billions of mobile phone datapoints across four continents." The new universal law from the Sensibility Lab at MIT suggests, "...the number of visitors to any location decreases as the inverse square of the product of their visiting frequency and travel distance.”
Apple Books: Human Geography Project - Michael Hernandez's free book teaches how to integrate digital storytelling into your curriculum. "Nationally award-winning teacher Michael Hernandez takes you behind the scenes of one of his most popular experiential learning projects for teachers and students: The Human Geography Project. Learn how to produce video documentaries, and how to integrate digital storytelling into your curriculum and learning community. See examples of student work, and hear from teachers who participated in this event as they share how digital storytelling transformed how they approach teaching and learning."
Monterey Herald: Water: Amazing new map shows the path of every raindrop that hits the United States - The app River Runner "allows anyone to click on any place where a raindrop would fall in the United States, and then track its path through watersheds, into creeks, rivers, lakes and ultimately the ocean."
Sports Illustrated: Olympic Athletes Competing in Tokyo Games May Be Subject to GPS Monitoring - "The GPS will not track athletes' real-time movement. Instead, athletes will be tracked retroactively in case issues of COVID-19 arise."
Vanderbilt: Vanderbilt faculty collaborate to develop tools for teaching personal geography and spatial awareness "Mapping Self in Society (MaSelfS) is a collaboration among faculty in learning sciences, archaeology and spatial analysis at Vanderbilt University and Georgia State University. The team recently launched a public website offering teaching frameworks and curricular tools for educators working in different disciplines, including social studies and computer science."
Esri: This Spatial Data Science in Higher Education resource website provides tools, recorded webinars, teaching materials, and case studies for educators and researchers. "This web page is your first step in learning how to incorporate spatial data science into your curriculum through capabilities, examples, success stories, and training."
GIS for wildlife conservation - Free beginner course uses QGIS and runs June 14 - July 11. It's from Verdant Learn and is part of Open Education for a Better World 2021.
On and Off Campus
Global News: Student maps Saskatchewan’s growing opioid deaths: ‘It’s heartbreaking’ - "Dan Richert has used his map-making skills to illustrate the “heartbreaking” opioid crisis in Saskatchewan. The Saskatchewan Polytechnic student chose an issue he was passionate about for an assignment while taking the geographic information science (GIS) certificate program." The StoryMap is here. Via Adam Carnow.