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Helping Children Learn the Art of Mapping

Helping Children Learn Cartography

Where in the world are you? Learn to read, understand and create maps

Recently at a yard sale, we discovered this simple book for kids that teaches them about the Art of Mapping called “Maps and Mapping for Canadian Kids” and thought we would include it in our Geo-Books section for others to discover and use when they are trying to introduce kids to maps.Maps and Mapping for Canadian Kids

  •  Maps and Mapping for Canadian Kids
  • Authors: Laura Peetoom & Paul Heersink
  • Toronto, ON: Scholastic Canada, 2011.
  • 38 pages, paperback
  • ISBN 978-1-4431-0493-7
  • Grades 2-5 / Ages 7-10
  • “Best Books for Kids and Teens” by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre in 2012.

Maps and Mapping for Canadian Kids

Children can learn to read, understand and create maps using this easy to follow Scholastic book by Laura Peetoom & Paul Heersink.

Maps and Mapping for Canadian Kids helps introduce children to the basic elements used when reading a map including map scale, symbols, and colours. It makes use of vibrant colors, simple diagrams, and various pictures to help children easily understand the process of creating and reading maps.

It shows them how maps are made, how they work and teaches them how to read maps including basic principles of navigation and how early explorers were able to chart the world, and Canada in particular.

The book then goes beyond the basic elements of maps providing some deeper aspects of cartography such as the minimum amount of colors to use when creating a map to the meaning of contour lines on topographic maps. It also includes a special section about explorer David Thompson highlighting some of his achievements as a great Canadian cartographer. This is a really great resource to use when introducing your children to what maps are, and how to create one.

Click here to order yourself a copy of Maps and Mapping for Canadian Kids

Maps and Mapping for Canadian Kids “maps are inspiring: there’s nothing like reading a map that makes you want to get out and explore!” (p. 2)

A map is a picture of a place, but not like a painting or a photograph, which shows us what a place looks like. A map is a picture of information about a place. (p. 4)

The earliest known maps of Canada were drawn by seafaring explorers from Europe. Our whole continent was a surprise to them. When they found it, they were looking for something else – an easy passage to India and China.

So early maps of North America highlight information useful to readers looking for a way through: the shape of coastlines, the location of waterways and how far they travelled into the land. (p. 14)

The word “map” comes from the Latin word ‘mappa,’ meaning cloth. In earlier times, maps were drawn on animal skin or cloth. “Cartography” was borrowed from French: ‘cartographie’ means “map drawing.” (p. 16)

Bring Spatial Skills to Canadian Children: Become a GIS Ambassador

Do you have a passion for geographic education and recognize the importance of understanding maps, GIS and spatial thinking? Then you should consider becoming a GIS Ambassador

“Spatial thinking involves understanding the relationships between objects based on location and learning the importance of answering the question “where” to understand “why” things occur. GIS technology helps develop spatial thinking by enabling people to visualize information as maps and see patterns and trends from within the data. To help bring spatial skills to children in K-12 schools across Canada, Esri Canada invites professional GIS users, educators and university and college students to volunteer their skills and knowledge through the Program.” [Esri Canada]

Bring Spatial Skills to Canadian Children, Become a GIS AmbassadorEsri Canada’s GIS Ambassador program was designed to inspire geospatial minded people to work together with educators and youth organizations to help them better encourage young people to understand, use and do more with geographic information.

As of April 2016, more than 930 schools have registered into the GIS Ambassador program and more than 125 volunteers have signed up to become GIS Ambassadors (including Esri Canada staff, university & college students, geospatial professionals and many more) – see the map below …

Who can become a GIS Ambassador?

Anyone who recognizes the significance of geography and has an interest in helping young people can join. As a GIS Ambassador you volunteer to work with a school, classroom or a club / organization and provide support that can help educators and youth develop geographic thinking skills.

The program is always looking for new people, so consider volunteering some of your time to help engage the next generation of GIS specialists allowing them to develop a deeper understanding of the world around them. For more details visit http://esri.ca/en/content/gis-ambassador-program or contact k12@esri.ca

Get involved in your community by supporting schools and local youth groups as they explore their world using GIS.

City Maps: A coloring book for adults

City Maps coloring book for adults

City Maps: A coloring book for adultsRecently adults all over the world have suddenly started to go crazy over coloring books. This coloring book fad started a few years back, when “Secret Garden – An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book” by Scottish illustrator Johanna Basford was published in 2013.

These days, you will find adult themed coloring books almost everywhere and featuring a wide range of themes from Harry Potter to Star Wars.

Now Gretchen Peterson, a well known author in the cartography world has brought this latest craze to the geospatial community. Coloring maps can be very relaxing, especially when it is for fun and you do not have to worry about the end product.

City Maps coloring book for adults

Preview of some of the pages in the City Maps coloring book for adults

City Maps: A coloring book for adults” includes over 44 black and white maps from all over the world (from Paris to New York City …) , just waiting to be customized with your own cartographic color combinations.  Anyone can color these real world maps any way they want! A great book to add to your growing cartography library …

“City Maps: A coloring book for adults” will become available April 1 2016, but is available to pre-order here …

http://candiangeo.info/City-Maps-coloring-book-for-adults

 


Canada Explained in 7 Maps

Maps‬ that show How Important Canada isMaps‬ that show How Important Canada is

7 Maps that show how important Canada is [source: Business Insider CandianGEO.info/1XWPndh]

Canada is one of the top energy producers in the world. Our country is simply huge, with a sprawling vast wilderness landscape. This video will show you how truly expansive Canada is with 7 maps

 

Fortress of Louisburg Maps

Recently we purchased some old maps at a yard sale, and one of the old map books contained a tattered map featuring the Fortress of Louisbourg that we scanned, cleaned up in photo-shop and then reproduced. While searching for the date and source of our map print we also noticed that there have been several old Fortress of Louisbourg maps created and have included a few the links here to share with others …

The Art of Illustrated Maps

 

The Art of Illustrated MapsThe Art of Illustrated Maps

A Complete Guide to Creative Map making’s History, Process and Inspiration

The Art of Illustrated Maps by John Roman is the first book ever to fully explore conceptual, “illustrated” style mapping.  Author, educator and map illustrator John Roman correlates common not-to-scale maps as the “creative non-fiction of cartography,” and in his 208 page book, reveals how and why our minds instinctively accepts the artistic license invoked in creating imaginative maps.

“For the ancients, maps were the most valuable tool in comprehending and conceptualizing the complexities of their planet and the universe.”

The book maps the origins and history of creative cartography, analyzes why our brains so easily relate to conceptual style maps, presents how professional artists create illustrated maps, and showcases some of the works of contemporary map illustrators from all around the world.

http://candiangeo.info/Art-of-Illustrated-Maps

 

 

GIS Appreciation Day

March 2, 2016 will be the first GIS Appreciation Day

Last month on Twitter, Gretchen Peterson, a renowned cartographer and author from Colorado, thought that we should all celebrate a fun GIS Appreciation Day on social media.

GIS Appreciation DayShe thought that unlike the traditional GIS day that takes place every year, during Geography Week and used to help promote GIS and geographic education, GIS Appreciation Day would be celebrated more via social media as a fun way to promote GIS, cartography and maps.

After learning that several social media influencers from the geospatial community on Twitter also thought it was a great idea, she picked March 2nd as the day and then encouraged everyone to spread the word.

We are very active on social media and plan to participate, and hope that you will join us on March 2nd by using the hashtag #GISAppreciationDay with all your social media postings on Twitter, FaceBook, Instagram and Google+. Also do not forget to include lots of great maps, geospatial info, funny GIS memes, videos and various GIS related images.

We have included links to several of our social media profiles for those who have yet to follow us:

So get involved and have some fun sharing GIS related maps and images March 2nd.


 


Canadian Cartographic Association Student Mapping Competition

Canadian Cartographic Association Student Mapping Competition

Canadian Cartographic Association Student Mapping CompetitionAre you a University or College student passionate about mapping? Then you will want to participate in the 2015-16 Canadian Cartographic Association Student Mapping Competition. Chances are you have already made some great maps for your projects or course work, so why not submit a copy to the CCA Student Mapping Competition and get recognized for creating your spatial master piece while earning some cash at the same time.

CCA President’s Prize

The CCA President’s Prize recognizes excellence in student map design and production and is open to all post-secondary students who have completed and produced a cartographic project in the preceding school year. The year’s President’s Prize Competition will consist of two prizes of $250, one for entries from college-level or CEGEP students, and one for entries from university-level students in the thematic map category:

A thematic map is a map that is meant to communicate a specific single subject matter within a particular geographic area. They are often defined as special purpose maps and can be either quantitative or qualitative in nature. The International Cartographic Association (ICA) defines the thematic map this way: “A map designed to demonstrate particular features or concepts. In conventional use this term excludes topographic maps” (Dent 1999, 8).

The cartographic project will consist of a single map. There are no restrictions on size but the project must have been completed and produced during the school year preceding the competition. Cartographic projects will consist of a map or a map series forming a coherent whole and may be submitted in any finished form (on paper or other medium). Entries submitted in electronic media, whether GIS or internet mapping applications, should not require specialized software for viewing.

Each entry must be accompanied by a clCanadian Cartographic Association Student Mapping Competitionear and succinct statement of design objectives that will weigh heavily in the judges’ decision. In addition, entries will be judged on the basis of creativity and overall effectiveness in communication as well as excellence in compilation, design, and layout. Students must be enrolled at a Canadian University or College to be eligible to submit their maps made in the 2014/15 academic year. Deadline for submission is May 20, 2016.

Carto-Québec Prize

The Carto-Quebec prize is a special annual competition for the best student-authored cartographic product created in French. Theaward has been established through a gift from the former Association Carto-Québec to promote and recognize excellence in map design.

The competition is open to all post-secondary students in Canada who have completed and produced a cartographic project in the preceding school year. The Carto-Québec Prize will consist of two awards of $500, one for entries from college-level or CEGEP students, and one for entries from university-level students. The Carto-Quebec prize must be in French. Deadline for submission is May 20, 2016.

Carte soumissions pour ce concours suivent les mêmes lignes directrices que le Prix du Président, mais sont nécessaire pour être en français. Remarque: Pour les deux concours, tous les étudiants inscrits dans une université ou un collège canadien sont admissibles à soumettre leurs cartes faites dans l’année scolaire 2014/15. Date limite de soumission est le 20 mai 2016.

Download the Student Mapping Competition entry form here 

Creative Art/Map Competition for Nova Scotian Students

International Map Year Canada

The Geomatics Association of Nova Scotia (GANS) have announced that they are hosting a Creative Map Competition for Nova Scotian Students for International Map Year.

The creative mapping GANS contest is open to students of all grades including post secondary students and is intended to help encourage young people to participate in creative cartographic activities while learning more about the geography, heritage and history of Nova Scotia.  
 

Creative Map Competition for Nova Scotian Students

Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place entries in 7 different categories thanks to several generous sponsors including Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia, Centre of Geographic Sciences (COGS), Esri Canada, Geomatics Association of Nova Scotia (GANS) and Canadian Geographic.

Nova Scotian teachers/students may submit maps, on the theme “Nova Scotia – A Province Rich in Heritage”.

Categories of competition: Creative Map Competition for Nova Scotian Students

  1. Primary – Grade 2 – Creative Maps
  2. Grade 3 – Grade 6 – Creative Maps
  3. Grade 7 – Grade 9 – Creative Maps
  4. Grade 10 – Grade 12 – Creative Maps
  5. Grade 10 – Grade 12 – GIS Story Maps
  6. Post-secondary – Creative Maps
  7. Post-secondary – GIS Story Maps
Contest rules,  guidelines and more details are available from the GANS website: http://gans.ca/map-competition.html

Ontario Trail Maps

 

Ontario Trail Maps

Ontario Trail Maps

Ontario Trail Maps: The Ontario Trails Council is a charity that was created to promote the development, preservation and management recreational related trails in Ontario. Several Ontario trail maps have been created to help people find cycling routes and loops with descriptions, hiking and walking trails, and other recreation related trails such as ATV, snowmobiling, canoeing and many more.

Ontario Trail MapsOntarioTrailsMap.com is an Ontario Trails Council online mapping application that has a quick selection menu with search functionality that allows users to quickly narrow down their search to any region in Ontario and desired trail type. Details about the various trails provided include trail type, trail lengths, difficulty rating and other details such as photos and descriptions.

OntarioTrailMaps.ca provides users with a series of of easy-to-read full color regional maps featuring recreational related trails in Ontario. Their maps are published by AdverMap and available in paper hard copy or scanned digital versions. AdverMap has distributed more then 100,000 trail maps throughout Ontario

Start exploring trails in your area, or venture out and explore some of Ontario that you have never been to before …

 

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