Grid Map of London

May 30, 2010

Matt Lancashire has created this hand drawn map of London. It is inspired by the way that American cities are laid out in a grid pattern, and to the tube map of London.

Grid Map of London by Matt Lancashire

The name, Mappa Lundi, is a nod to the (Hereford) Mappa Mundi, which we mentioned in a previous post, and is available on a Creative Commons Licence.

Amazing Maps blog

May 23, 2010

One of the website that we follow about maps is Amazing Maps, which has a number of interesting maps. They don’t seem to post as often as they used to, but there is a rich heritage of maps in their archive.

http://amazing-maps.blogspot.com/

Amazing Maps Blog

World Sunlight Map

May 16, 2010

I have seen the following map before showing where in the world it is dark and light at any time. It is computer generated, with the clouds updated every 3 hours with satellite images, and i’m going to keep checking back to see if the Icelandic volcano’s cloud shows up!

World Sunlight Map

There is also an image of the moon on the same page, which helpfully says whether it is a waxing or waning moon and the dates for the next full and new moon!

Phase of the Moon

Phase of the Moon

They are both Google gadgets so they can be embedded into web pages, but I don’t know how to put them into this blog yet!

The Beauty of Maps

May 3, 2010

We can’t start this account without mentioning the two excellent BBC series about maps, The Beauty of Maps and Maps: Power, Plunder and Possession, which have been prompted by the exhibition at the British Museum:

The related BBC website has some great resources about the history of maps, including video tours of important historic maps: for example, about the original Hereford Mappa Mundi, and the idea that an artist can create their own version.

The Klencke Atlas, the largest ever atlas, seemed very relevant as it had maps with illustrations around the outside, like a 17th century version of Mapcaster.

Maps: Power, Plunder and Possession is at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00s5m7w

Magnificent Maps is at the British Museum, 30th April to 19th September – http://www.bl.uk/magnificentmaps/ and we’re hoping to make a visit in that time.
Free Art London List gives an introduction to the exhibition here, and,
The Guardian has an online gallery of images here.

Introduction

April 24, 2010

We have always loved maps, and we think they’ve got great educational value, both for showing information, and as a means of children recording information and being creative.

It is for that reason that we created our software program, Mapcaster, and in this blog, we want to share our love of maps and show different ways of using them in schools, and not just in Mapcaster!

To start, i’d better introduce myself, Peter Miles, a director of Storm Educational Software. We are a small company who have been making educational software for several years, and we are based in Shaftesbury in Dorset.

We’ve had a long line of software programs that involve maps to one degree or another: some of our older simulation titles such as Flight Path (planning aircraft journey’s), Search and Rescue (lifeboats), Coffee all had maps, and especially Smudge Discovers the World.

Mapcaster is a software program we’ve have been working on for a long time, and it is finally out and available for schools. It allows children to create or use a map of an area of interest and to add photos, videos or podcasts about of the places on the map, which can be presented by children to the whole class. Details about the program can be found on the webpage at:
http://www.stormeducational.co.uk/mapcaster.html
and a YouTube video about it is at:

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April 23, 2010

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