12 June 2011

Maps, Maps Maps!

I've always been fascinated by maps. Old and new maps alike, they held my imagination captive.  Whether it was an ancient map spurning my mind to life in the past or a current map, both held the promise of adventures  - either in the imagination or adventures to come in life, new boundaries to explore and learn about.  Maps change too as the world changes. Maps are not always territories, even if we find it easier to believe that they are. 

In our digital world, we also find maps. Newspaper map  is where you can find newspapers both by language and country. You can add and correct as well as find historical newspapers. In the upper left hand corner you can search for a particular newspaper by language and place.

aMap is an entirely different kind of map. aMap is short for argument map.  Students can use aMap for discussions, sharpening their critical thinking skills and practicing diplomatic ways of disagreeing with their opponents. Begin by raising a question and by stating your position. Then, let the arguments begin!

100 People: A World Portrait is yet another different kind of map. It's a great project for educators and students all around the world to join, explore and share with others. I'd like to thank David Deubelbeiss (@ddeubel) and EFL Classroom 2.0 for having pointed this project out. There is a wealth of information on global issues for both educators and learners. 

Having travelled through three different kinds of maps, how do you feel?

WeFeelFine is "an exploration of human emotion in six movements". Begin exploring by clicking on "Open We Feel Fine" and from there an applet (seen here on the left) will appear. 

And then?

Well, some maps need to be explored and imagined before one can truly appreciate them. Happy explorations!

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