Teaching With Maps: Home
This guide to select selected map, geographical data and teaching resources is a starting point for incorporating maps into teaching. Please refer to our many other UB Libraries guides for additional map resources.
Teaching Resources and Other Materials
- Dictionary Of Abbreviations And Acronyms In Geographic Information Systems, Cartography, And Remote Sensing by Philip Hoehn (David Rumsey Collection) and Mary Larsgaard (Map & Imagery Lab, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara Library). Designed by John Creaser (Earth Sciences & Map Library, Univ. of California, Berkeley). Comprehensive list of all acronyms. Good for identifying map data.
- Discover Diplomacy. Geography learning site by U.S. State Department. Includes a variety of materials for K-12 and higher education. One page, on Social Studies contains much for teachers and students.
- Resources for Teachers (USGS). Educational resources in a variety of media explaining the mapping sciences and earth resources.
- Digital History Historic Maps (Univ. of Houston). Resources for using historic maps in teaching. Also great site for historical maps.
- How Far is It? At this site, you can enter the names of two cities in the World, and it will return distance in miles, kilometers, and also latitude/longitude coordinates.
- Guide to Map & Compass. Excerpt from The Backpacker's Field Manual by Rick Curtis, 1998. Useful for learning simple navigation/orienteering for teaching. Also has link to purchase book.
- Gazetteers. Identify names of geographical features, and their locations on maps.
- Map History/History of Cartography. Links to cartography and geography sites that provide educators and parents with resources for teaching with and about maps.
- Teachers and parents: web resources relating to early maps. Some useful resources.
- Teaching about Africa with Historical Maps. Class presentation for K-12.
- Teaching About Africa for K-12 (Stanford Univ.). Many resources.
- National Geographic Classroom Resources (National Geographic Society). A website developed for teachers and students (K-12, though many good concepts are available for older learners).
- Latitude: The Art and Science of Fifteenth-Century Navigation. (Rice Univ). Basic history of the development of latitude. Also has: Portuguese Nautical Master Charts (on the origin of nautical charts).
- Topographic Maps. USGS page describing terms and concepts relating to topo maps. Also see USGS Topographical Map Symbols page for a list of symbols and their meanings.