Geocube

Geocube runs in English, Spanish, German and Italian. It would be good to get some more languages onto it because it is an amazing tool for learning geography. It makes good use of the visual and graphics capabilities of the internet and our current hardware . It presents material like a Rubrik’s cube. There are 54 pre-prepared topics and it really is a very appealing site. You need to play with it and see what it does.

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Compare the size of two countries

mapfightWe wanted to compare the size of Australia and Quebec in class. It wasn’t an option on the other site I blogged about in Compare Two Countries. I found MapFight which offers quite a number of places to be compared. Once my class could see Quebec fitted into South Australia and then stretched into the Northern Territory they understood how big an area Quebec covers . These students know how big Australia is so to find something equally massive was impressive.

Compare two countries

France

Australia is 14 times bigger than France.

This site, comparea.org, allows you to compare the sizes of two countries and then gives you a little bit of information about both countries. Very handy for clearing up perceptions. A lot of people do not realise how huge Australia is and then many Australians don’t understand how small and densely populated other countries are. I got the link from the Teaching Ideas Facebook page, a site well worth subscribing to. It always has some really practical and relevant ideas for the classroom.

Take a Google Earth Flight

Google Earth flight simulatorYou need your 3D glasses, your armchair and a downloaded version of Google Earth. Windows 8 does not have an app in the app store. Once you have installed the Google Earth app onto your desktop, you go to Tools in the menu bar and click on the flight simulator. Choose your plane and start destination. The app will then come up with a tour guide bottom left and the images will be shown across the screen. Quite fun, really. Check out the rest of Google Earth because there is a lot more on offer than the flight simulator. I tried turning off the 3D but it doesn’t seem to want to co operate. I am not a fan of special 3D effects. That is what real life is for.

Australia is massive

Australia is bigThe one thing the internet does very well is give you visual feedback which is mindboggling. The capacity of the internet to deliver information in a visual form which will really make you think is astounding. As Australians, one of the things we find hard to explain is just how big Australia is. People don’t get it. These 17 maps put Australia into perspective for the rest of the world but even Australians will get a clear vision of just how big Australia is and will be able to explain it better. Buzzfeed is where you can look at 17 maps of Australia which will give you a clear idea of how massive Australia is. I love map 17.

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