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Google Maps is an excellent tool to use with students to develop their spatial thinking. Beyond getting driving or walking directions to the other, this tool enables students to discover the world right from their classrooms. It is also a very good way to teach students about geography concepts, distance measurement, map readings and other fundamentals of mapping such as longitude, latitude, locations and many more.
There are actually several ways to use Google Maps with students. Here are some few examples suggested by Google:
first published week of: 02/09/2015
In the 20 years since the U.S. Air Force first developed the satellite-based Global Positioning System (better known as GPS), its use as a free public utility has skyrocketed. For most of us, “GPS” is that screen in our car or that app on our smartphone that helps calculate drive times, avoid traffic jams, locate a nearby restaurant or navigate unfamiliar neighborhoods.
What we know less about are all the thousands of effects GPS has on our everyday lives. Here are ten little-known ways GPS helps to keep us on course:
first published week of: 08/10/2015
In the days prior to one-click buying online, the practice of geo-marketing — advertising that is tied specifically to a business’s location — was manifested in billboards, cinderblock-size business phonebook listings, local TV, radio, and so on. But the rise of mobility and the “always on, always connected” lifestyle of smartphone-toting consumers has prompted a shift in how the idea of place-based marketing has evolved.
Over the course of 2014, the use of geo-data, geo-fences, beacons, ultrasound, even LED lighting and magnetic positioning systems, have coalesced around geo-targeting consumers both outside and inside store locations. 2014 showed these tools more strongly embedded in digital ad campaigns than ever before. Here location-advertising news site GeoMarketing takes a look back at 10 campaigns that pioneered in the space. continued…
first published week of: 01/12/2015
There was a time when smartphones didn’t have apps in the way that we have them today. The devices were still revolutionary, but it was the introduction of apps that truly changed the world. Google Maps is a perfect example of an app that fundamentally changed the way we do things. No longer do we need giant paper maps, MapQuest printouts, or clunky navigation systems. The world is literally in your pocket.
Google Maps is one of the most powerful smartphone apps available today. There is tons of information at your fingertips. If you use Google Maps a lot you might be missing out on some great features. Google has jam-packed a bunch of great stuff inside of Maps, but not all of it is easy to find. We’ll help you get the most out of Google Maps with these tips and tricks. continued…
first published week of: 08/10/2015
The 2015/2020 U.S. Esri Updated Demographic data is now available across the ArcGIS platform, and it reveals some very interesting trends about population growth, aging, diversity, housing and more.
This release of 2015 U.S. Esri Data also includes updates to the following databases: continued…
first published week of: 05/11/2015
Geography can serve as a starting point for building strong, long-lasting relationships with communities.
“Our business is about building friendships and enduring relationships. The culture of our agency is merely a reflection of the work we doe”Larry Norris, CEO of Lewis Communications, Matthew Porter, Lewis Communications: “Putting People First,” Communication Arts, March/April 2015.
Have you ever been walking through your neighborhood and seen a geyser of water shooting up from a broken sprinkler head, or a fallen tree branch lying in the middle of the street, or a tagger’s graffiti scrawled across a bus stop shelter, and wondered how you could notify the right people to come and take care of it? It’s common that people lack the tools to facilitate community engagement. continued…
first published week of: 04/06/2015