"5 Stars! I work in educational outreach and this series is fantastic - it's one of the best series on mapping I've seen." -Joseph J. Kerski, Geographer, USGS
Interactively blending on-location footage and computer graphics, this creative series makes maps and mapping easier to picture and understand. Produced Click for more
A combined version of 1. Basic Map Skills and 2. The Upper Great Lakes States is available.
1. Basic Map Skills
Throughout the world’s history people have created maps. Early maps were developed as humans began to explore the planet; later, maps defined countries and showed the relationship among features such as cities, lakes, rivers, mountains and roads. Maps have played an important role in human history and learning to use them has always been and still is an important skill. In this program viewers learn basic map skills: how to read a map and how maps are made.
2. The Upper Great Lakes States
This program helps us improve our maps skills, using the Upper Great Lakes States of Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin as a guide. We learn are how to look at a maps from its perspective (looking down); how to scale; how to match up compass directions with a map; how to determine the relative size of objects; also how to read a map's legend. We learn about boundaries; how useful maps are in determining boundary lines for states, yards, buildings etc. We are introduced to road maps. Then see how to read one of the more difficult types of maps: a topographical map. We learn with topographical maps that we consider the ocean at 0 ft in elevation; then start to rise as elevation increases. We view the development of how topographical maps are made and converted from old paper maps to updated computer maps. We meet cartographer Joseph Kerski, who explains the importance of these maps and their everyday use. 05/11DE/CC Closed-Captioned PIJSCA 30 min.
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