World Geography Games

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World Geography Games – features twenty-five, trivia question style, games to improve geographical knowledge. To play students choose one of the following topics:
– Countries of Africa, Asia, Oceania, South America, North America, Europe
-Metropolitan Areas
-Archipelagos
-Seas
-Earth
-Atmosphere
-Oceans
-Mountain Ranges
-Lakes
-Mountains
-Deserts
-Volcanoes
-Regions
-Islands
-Straits and Canals
Students are shown the name of a country, state, city, or geographic feature and then have to click on the correct locations. Students earn points for each correct answer. World Geography Games tracks how many attempts students make at correctly answering each question.  Students answer the question until they get it correct.  They are not provided the number of attempts it takes to get the answer.  I like this because it makes the user accountable for their attempts.  There is a “Give Up” link that will label the entire map.

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All countries of the world?
All 193 members of the United Nations (UN) are included in the quizzes.

*I learned about this website from Free Technology For Teachers

MapSkip

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MapSkip is intended to build short stories about places. You can navigate to any place in the world and find an existing spot with a story, or create a new one. For each place, a user can add a story that includes a title, year it took place, and the text for a story. You can upload up o 3 jpeg images, one audio file, and a URL for a YouTube video. Visitors can comment on stories.

A teacher can create an account for a class, and in this way, all of the stories her students create can be connected. The stories can be browsed on the site by place, person, media.

When viewing a photo, it can be shared via a link or send via email. A feature is listed to do automatic language translations via Google.

 

Interactive Learning – History, Languages, and Science

The Children’s University of Manchester presents online interactive learning materials for use on whiteboards or PCs; video clips which will bring the University to your desktop; downloadable resources and educational games. Content subjects include: History, Languages, Art, and Science.

For each lesson there is an introduction followed by interactive animations. For example, in The Earth and Beyond students can learn about each planet by clicking on them then drag and drop them into the correct positioning from the Sun.  Students can then see how the position of the sun affects the length of shadows. They can learn about how the positions of the Earth and Sun affect our view of the Moon.

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The Children’s University of Manchester offers great collections of animated science lessons covering The Body and MedicineEnergy and EnvironmentEarth and BeyondTeeth and EatingMicro-organismsThe Brain, and Exercise.

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History lessons include: Ancient Egypt, Black History, and Ancient Greece.

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Languages: the Words section of this page include:

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If It Were My Home

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live somewhere else?  Well Andy Lintner (site developer) and Annette Calabrese (site designer) have revolutionized that thought process and concept of possibilities by creating the website If It Were My Home. They have created a website (or online globe in my opinion) showcasing every country you could imagine and provided the perfect comparison opportunity for your current life/country and what you would face if you were to move, say, to the United Kingdom.  It also provides a list of books about the country you chose, as well as comments from other people about living there.  What a great way to put things into perspective!  It’s a simple concept, made even easier, and is blowing my mind that this has appeared in my life until now!

IfItWereMyHome.com is a great interactive that asks students to consider what their life would be like if they were born in a different country.  Would they be the same person?  It offers comparative statistics and its most impactful visual is an overlay of one country map over the other.  Students can easily visualize relative size of another country based on their own state or country.  Students will also see a break down of death rates, HIV/AIDS, birth rate, electricity availability, oil consumption, economic comparison, health care, and class divide.  Students have the ability to compare the country they selected with another country of interest.  Students can learn additional information about the country and vote to show if they would rather live in the chosen country.

This is a site that can be used to help students ask bigger questions.  It helps students with geography, but also reveals that there is a real world community that is interdependent and diverse.  This site helps students recognize the problems they face where they live in comparison to other students fight for survival.

Here is a comparison of the United States and China

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My Great Maps

 

My Great Maps offers a variety of maps that  students cant paint, draw, create lines on and add points of interest to. Users can choose from maps of the world, continents, the United States, countries, and flags.  This can be utilized as an assessment tool, for example – students could label the map of the Unites States with state and capitals.

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National Geographic Celebrates 125 Years

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A dynamic online hub at www.nationalgeographic.com/125 will include special features such as an interactive exploration timeline, videos, interviews and photo galleries updated regularly during the Society’s 12-month focus on the future of exploration.

TO VIEW TO UTMOST POTENTIAL: Set your browser to full screen and click the information link within each image.

FLASHBACK FIRST  – From a pioneering ascent of Everest to advancements in aerial, underwater, and space photography, the National Geographic Society has been exploring the world for 125 years.  These images will hopefully open students minds and inspire them to explore the world further.

3D TOAD – 360 Degree Interactive Images

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3D TOAD is a site I learned about from @rmbyrne‘s blog, Free Tech for Teachers.  It goes beyond your typical image library and has 3D images that students can rotate and explore from every angle.  The galleries of images include dissections, animal skeletons, human skeletons, music, geology, dental hygiene, coral, yoga, ballet positions, fossils, history, chemistry, emergency preparedness and computer networking.  Click and hold on any image to rotate it. Double click to zoom-in on it. Each image is accompanied by a short caption.

Use 3D TOAD as a visual glossary on classroom computers.  Students can visit this “visual glossary” center to explore objects and new vocabulary that they are learning.  It would also be great on an interactive whiteboard or classroom computer where students can examine objects together.