Check here for answers to
the Mapping the World By Heart and Geography Trivia Questions posted on Facebook
You can review the questions at the MTWBH facebook page ANSWERS Nov 30: N'djamena, Chad; Santiago, Chile
Dec 2: Yamoussoukro
Dec 3: Abuja
Dec 4: Dodoma
Dec 5: Lesotho's low point is in the Drakenberg Range, along the source of the
Orange River, about one mile above sea level.
Dec 6: Answer available here Dec 6
David Smith provides all kinds of school consulting, often working
in assemblies or classroom visits, and also providing in-service programs for teachers,
and evening programs for parents and families. I also do a great many on-site or
virtual author visits; I love to do classroom visits, and I do them in-person, via
Skype, via mail or text, and fees are low. For information about these services, please
see my school consulting page or click
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"This is a wonderful book. For those of us working in the child protection sphere, this is a welcome addition to the education of people, young and old, about the challenges that children face...and the ways to meet them. Well done."
– Dr. Susan Bissell, Chief Child Protection, UNICEF International
"This is an inspirational book for children of all ages that clearly shows you can make a difference at any age."
– Joelle Berdugo Adler, Founder of ONEXON
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• school assemblies and author visits
• in-service programs for teachers
• curriculum audits
• website evaluation
• credit-bearing summer institutes
David Smith travels the globe sharing his enthusiastic and innovative approach to teaching and learning about our world community.
WHAT THE STUDENTS ARE SAYING:
"Before, when I heard the name of a country, I just thought of it as a name, and it didn't really matter to me. After you do a memory map, it's kinda neat because you can picture it in your mind, not only that country and what it's like there, but everything else around it. You have a map in your head wherever you go." - Seventh Grader, Belmont, MA
WorldViews Maps From the Washington Post WorldViews blog. A recent post swept
the web, entitled "40 Maps they didn't teach you in school"; this is the Washington
Post's own collection of maps that are detailed and fascinating and mostly original to
the author, Max Fisher. Starts with a politcal map of the world from 200 AD, and ends
with an image from space, showing the North Polar ice cap over a 12-month period.
24 November to 1 December, 2013
Global Forest Change From the University of Maryland, an analysis of Landsat images
from 2000 to 2012, showing forest extent, and forest change, as an interactive map.
Fascinating. You can watch the whole world change, or zoom in one one area of interest.
Worth a visit
17 to 24 November, 2013
ArcGIS "My Map" A very comprehensive and thoughtfully-constructed GIS
application to allow you to create a map of any place, with any content, with any
basemap, and then to add notes or features, and share with others. You can start by
zooming in or out to a particular area, or even choose an address or a place, and build
from there. Great fun to play with.
10 to 17 November, 2013
Language Mapper From the U.S. Census Bureau, this tool maps language use as
found in the 2010 census. The information gathered includes how many in a household
speak a language other than English at home, what language(s) are spoken, and whether
English is spoken well or poorly. The Mapper Tool lets you choose languages to view on
a U.S. map, and it also lets you choose a basemap -- a blank map, imagery with or
without labels, or all the way down to street level (and several other base maps). Be
sure to begin by reading the pop-up entitled "Where do I start?" A fascinating and
informative tool for research or just for exploration.
3 to 10 November, 2013
Railway The Vancouver Public Library has digitized and made available
this fascinating collection of images of the building of the Canadian Pacific Railway.
In their words: "The pictures portray rural and urban railway stations; railway bridges
that are true engineering feats reaching out across the challenging topography of the
province; the workers who laid the tracks and manned the locomotives; the passengers who
travelled on the railway; and a myriad of buildings, hotels, yards and ships, all of
which were part of the Canadian Pacific Railway in British Columbia. The pictures were
captured by various photographers and they range in date from the 1880s to the 1950s."