December 05, 2002

Amazing Maps

This afternoon I attended a session on Tapped In providing a whirlwind tour of the Library of Congress Map Collections. What a resource for teachers or map lovers! Leni Donlan, who was an early WebQuest fan and a longtime creator of great curriculum, led us at a breakneck pace through the collection.

"The focus of Map Collections is Americana and Cartographic Treasures of the Library of Congress. These images were created from maps and atlases and, in general, are restricted to items that are not covered by copyright protection."

So these are images you can have your way with without worrying about lawyers. There are maps dating back to the earliest exploration of America at all levels of detail. The site includes MrSID, a tool for zooming in and navigating around maps. I found a map of Waterbury, Connecticut from 1899 and was able to zoom in on the block I grew up on. The first tree in the center of this picture is where our crappy 6 family apartment building was built a few years later. The Scovill factory is right across the street... now replaced by a huge shopping mall.

Anyway... next semester I'm going to work this site into EDTEC 570 and try to get some great WebQuests written around it.

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