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Maps & Mapping, Time and Place

It seems as though every teacher I know is heading into a unit of inquiry which at least touches on maps, if it's not totally focused on maps and mapping, or geography in general. I've been looking for resources for various ages and approaches, and have tried to pull them together here because of  Richard Byrne, who posted recently about 3 excellent sites for finding historic maps: The amazing David Rumsey Historical Collection, Old Maps Online, and Historic Map Works.  (Click through to Richard's post to read about each of these sites.)  

Historic Map Works is not as visually exciting as the other two, when you first open the page, but if you click on "Browse", choose an area, and then choose "Gallery View", you will find a lot to explore visually (which may be useful if you don't know what you're looking for by name)!

Screen shot of http://www.historicmapworks.com/Browse/antique.php?c=World

Our Primary classes looking at "Here and There" have used this wiki as a resource. Last time it was used, the central idea was "Maps are visual representations of place and help us locate where we are in relation to other places." and the lines of inquiry were:
  • How we create maps and share information
  • Maps of place through time
  • The relationship of our location to other parts of the world
A wiki for a Year 9 MYP Humanities unit, "Renaissance, Exploraion and Wealth" includes some maps for study, 14th century maps, and resources about map making.  Another wiki for a DP HL History Route 1  (Medieval History) course has a map page.

There's a YouTube playlist for Mapping our World,  Pinterest Boards Maps and Mapping and Maps for Swiss History.

All the mapping websites used in our various wikis, sites, blogs, etc., are bookmarked to this list on Diigo.


One of the aspects of collecting, or curating these resources which continually fascinates me is the many ways they can be shared, for different purposes and different audiences. We try to present them as text, as image, as video when possible, and to find resources for different levels of understanding, as well as language use.