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Then and Now – 1913 v. 2013 – Infographic

1913 v. 2013

As we approach the halfway point of 2013, let’s take a look back at life today compared to that of 100 years ago.  We’re beginning to enter an age now when 100 years ago was relatively modern by most standards in technology and entertainment, leading to many more tangible comparisons we can easily relate to, or even have access to, such as the top movies or songs.  Today’s infographic gives us a snapshot of life as it is today in 2013 and was in 1913 in the United States.

100 Years of Change

 

 
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Posted by on June 7, 2013 in Infographics

 

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Show: A New Way to Look at the World — Interactive Maps

Show: A New Way to Look at the World

Show: A New Way to Look at the World is a fantastic interactive site that takes demographics and societal data and displays it in a unique way for the United States, Japan, and the world as a whole.  Show would be a great resource for not only history and social studies classrooms (It’s a sociological goldmine!) but also geography and math classes as you can use the data, correlations, and spatial relationships to interpret the maps.

Begin using Show by choosing the region you wish to view, either the United States or Japan (divided by states and prefectures, respectively) or a world map that will deal with countries.  You can then choose a category for study, whether they be broad concepts such as basic demographics (population, language, religion, etc.), more specific concepts like natural resources, GDP, and education, to the more unique categories like distribution of Wal-Marts and number of UFO sightings.

Take some time to explore before you try using this unique resource in class or have students use it during a free period or as a different way to research.  I got lost in the maps on Show for quite a long time myself and still haven’t seen half of it!

 
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Posted by on May 29, 2013 in Websites

 

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