Posts Tagged With: geography

Mental Maps and the World

This week’s lesson plan suggestion comes from National Geographic. We’re all familiar with the upside-down maps of the world (McArthur’s probably most known version), but here are some other sample that could be used to teach math (proportions), political analysis (point-of-view), geography, and more. [EF]

Today I noticed a humorous map of the U.S. that highlighted the following of college football in every state, according to the institutions that had the greatest number of fans. I thought it was very clever and probably took a good amount of knowledge to draw up. For instance, in my home state of Virginia, the map shows a greater proportion of maroon (representing Virginia Tech) than blue (for the University of Virginia, VT’s collegiate rival) which is very true. Then I got to thinking about what it was that controlled how this informal cartographer decided to assign the appropriate amounts of school colors all over the 49 states–the absence of Alaska is conspicuous…

Beyond the world of NCAA sports, I remember seeing many maps created simply from a specific perception of the outside world, whether it was truthful (not usually), humorous, or meant as a way to spread awareness of an issue. Here are a few examples of other “mental maps” that I came across…

FULL ARTICLE:  Mental Maps and the World

POST SOURCE:  My WonderfulWorld Blog (National Geographic)

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Global Economics Gets a Facelift With The Atlas of Economic Complexity

Economists Ricardo Hausmann and César Hidalgo released their Atlas of Economic Complexity at the Harvard Center for International Development on Thursday. The 300-plus page atlas is unlike any you’ve seen before—it doesn’t inform readers where they are geographically, and it won’t be any help when charting pan-continental adventures. But from an economic perspective, the atlas will tell readers where their countries rank in terms of productivity—and, most astonishingly, where it will be in 10 years.

It’s not a crystal ball, but it could very well be a map for global investment over the next decade. Plus, it sure is pretty to look at.


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Xpedition Hall

On National’s “Xpeditions,” The Mental Mapper Shows the use of mental maps to organize information in a spatial context. Illustrates how children and adults differ in the ways they map the same environments. Lesson plans for grades K-12…

Xpedition Hall – Xpeditions @

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