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 June 15: Only the Bronx is on the mainland
June 16: The 11 highest mountains in the US are in Alaska.
June 17: Mt Logan, 19,551 feet (5959 m), is Canada's highest peak and the second
highest in N America
June 18: Only Hawai'i
June 19: Answer available here June 19
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
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• in-service programs for teachers
• curriculum audits
• website evaluation
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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
Visa Hunter A site that seems quite authoritative and complete -- caution is
always advised, but this might be a good place to start in that search for elusive
information on visas and entry and exit regulations between countries. Search for a
country of interest, and read the rules for visas -- who needs them, how long they last,
how to get them, etc. Lots of information here.
2 to 9 June, 2013
Geoguessr Great fun -- a really creative and challenging Google Map
Mashup. You get a photo from google, and a map, and you have to identify the place in
the photo by clicking on the map. About 4000 points possible per picture (depending on
how close you are to the real location), and you get 5 pictures. Some are quite easy,
but other pictures remind you that a lot of places in the world have similar features.
26 May to 2 June, 2013
Azimuthal Map Generator The most common Azimuthal maps are polar projections, with North
or South Pole at the center, and all the lines of latitude shown as concentric circles
around that Pole. But these maps can be centered anywhere, and can tell you useful
things; they preserve directions from the central point, and great circle routes from or
through the central points show up as straight lines. So you can quickly calculate what
direction to travel from the central point to get somewhere else, and how far away it
is. Ham Radio Operators use these to see which direction to turn their antenna arrays
for best reception of signals from remote places, and so it's unsurprising that Ham
Radio Operators have created generators for these maps. This one does all the
calculations and creates a map for you that is then automatically downloaded as a pdf.
azimuthal map generator.
19 to 26 May, 2013
A "Who Do You Hang With"
Map of America An NPR report on a project to track the circulation of dollar
bills, to see where people "do stuff together". Using data from Where's George, the researchers tracked where
money goes, and -- also interesting -- where it doesn't go. One discovery -- virtual
borders, lines that money rarely cross.