Curriculum & Resources: Maps That Stretch the Mind
Did you know that Africa is 14 times larger than Greenland? Or that the continental U.S. is actually smaller than Brazil? If you didn’t it’s with good reason—most of us learned our geography from a map that was designed for navigation, not for area accuracy.
Every map is out of proportion in some way—it’s impossible to transfer a sphere to two dimensions without distortion—and each mapmaker chooses what to portray, depending on their agenda. ODT Maps’ mission is to teach people to see the world from a broader, more inclusive perspective, resulting in maps that show countries for their true size, and others with Australia up top—and why not?
ODT Maps provides maps and resources to help people see that there are many ways to see the world—and a need for many maps!
Peters World Map
The Peters World Map is an equal-area map, created to show the actual size of countries in comparison to each other. The exact shape of the land masses is off as a result. Ask your students what is gained with area-accuracy maps.
Click here to download a free Peters Map for your classroom.
LEARN: Background of the Peters World Map.
EXPLORE: The teacher’s guide for the Many Ways to See the World DVD. We recommend using the questions on page 3 for a Peters World Map discussion.
This map shakes up the concept of a traditional-use map by measuring people instead of area. Each square represents a million people. From this "human" vantage point, a different set of countries emerge as the largest. Use this map to start a conversation with your students about globalization, how value is measured, and how we are connected to populations across the globe.
- VISIT the teachers page for other products for purchase.
- EXPLORE: Many Ways to See the World The 30-minute DVD is available for a 30-day free trial to purchase or may be viewed free online is worth the buy. Don't miss the free teacher's guide that goes with it.
- BROWSE: Video gallery
- LEARN: ODT Map Resources that accompany each map.
VISIT WEBSITE: http://www.odtmaps.com
ODT Maps was thrust into the spotlight when the award-winning TV show West Wing asked for permission to feature its Peters Projection on an episode. ODT’s mission is to teach people to see the world from a broader, more inclusive perspective. The nuts-about-maps company offers dynamic visual representations of the world, pushing all viewers to think about the story behind the map.
- Mapping Social Change :: Chile
8 Hotspots of Progress. Explore this interactive map of the social movements, new leaders, and cross-border alliances that are transforming Latin America.
- My Journey Home
This documentary follows writer Faith Adiele, journalist Andrew Lam, and brothers Armando and Carlos Peña as they travel to their ancestral homelands to uncover the impact of global history on American individuals and society.
- YES! Recommends: Global Oneness Project
YES! recommends the Global Oneness Project for their inspiring and richly produced resources that explore how the radically simple notion of interconnectedness can be lived in our increasingly complex world
The above resources accompany the December 2011 YES! Education Connection Newsletter
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