Ralph Covino combined a lesson on map-reading skills with a lesson on the Byzantine and Mongol Empires. By creating backstories for the maps of fantastical lands in Martin O’Leary’s “Uncharted Atlas,” students explored the many reasons behind borders throughout history. Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Considering the ‘Why’ Behind Fantasy Maps
GEOGRAPHY While discussing his new plan to combat global warming, President Obama referenced one of the most striking shifts in the history of National Geographic maps. (Nat Geo News) Learn more about the “Twilight of the Arctic Ice” with our beautiful map. (Download the full-size version here.) Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Note: Current Event Connections … Continue reading Yes, Mr. President, We Remade Our Arctic Atlas
UNITED STATES A new digital project reproduces all maps in the legendary 1932 Historical Geography of the United States. Many of these beautiful maps are enhanced in ways impossible in print, animated to show change over time or made clickable to view the underlying data. (University of Richmond) Check out our own collection of historical maps! Listen to University of Richmond President Ed Ayers explain … Continue reading Old-Fashioned Atlas Gets a New-Fashioned Update
The Global Action Atlas is a new initiative at National Geographic. What is it, exactly? The Atlas is an interactive, map-based tool highlighting local projects around the world. Visitors can connect with the organizations and individuals behind the projects to volunteer, advocate, donate and support worthy causes in a range of ways. The Atlas is easy to navigate; projects are organized into broad categories such … Continue reading Global Action Atlas
In the January newsletter (join the campaign now to receive our monthly e-newsletter) we challenged readers to get an atlas and use it like a dictionary of the world. Tell Us: What’s the most surprising fact you learned from your atlas? I learned that the newest country was Montenegro, which declared independence from Serbia in 2006. As of this week, however, that information is old, … Continue reading Tell Us: What did you learn from your atlas?