Combining any of the 160 MyReadingMappedTM maps of history and science with the hundreds other maps and the 3D technology available on ClimateViewer 3D enables you to customize your individual self-learning, classroom teaching, or homeschooling efforts. Making it a unique educational resource where you get to customize a powerful self-organized learning environment. Consider it an individual-learning pedagogy and teaching experience or a self-learning andragogy where you can digitally experience history and science for yourself the way you want to learn or teach it. By combining maps in this manner encourages critical and analytical thinking and the power of “what if I combine this with that…?” to a wide degree of subject matter from ancient ruins, to famous explorer expeditions, climate classifications, paleontology, oceanography, environmental disasters, disease outbreaks, wars, evolution, migration, green energy solutions, landscape painting sites, architecture, sunken ships, and more.
MyReadingMapped addresses the issues raised in Education Week's article Personalized Learning: Modest Gains, Big Challenges, RAND Study Finds
"The RAND study found that personalized learning remains hard to distinguish, harder to implement, and even harder to expand and replicate across schools. Futhermore, RAND found, the personalized-learning schools wrestled with a lack of high-quality digital instructional materials." This is where MyReadingMapped fits in. For example, consider the educational value of the map examples below.
The above map is 1) hands-on so they digitally experience it for themselves, 2) it takes them somewhere they cannot go on their own, thus there is the curiosity factor, 3) concise definitions of the ocean floor features are provided, 4) the information is color and symbol coded to the definitions, 5) the information is linked to other more authoritative sources, 6) the base map is appropriate for the subject, 7) each placemarker contains a short informative discussion of a specific topic or place, and 8) the map itself is an example of how to effectively organize and communicate information.
Quality Sources and Users: The placemarks in these maps quote and/or link to many quality sources like government agencies such as the EPA, NOAA, the Census Bureau, and the U.S. Geological Survey. They link to some of the leading universities and libraries, media articles, books written by explorers, and publications by organizations like The Linnean Society of London. It also utilizes Wikipedia as a starting point in your research due to its wide accessibility. When these maps first appeared on the original MyReadingMapped web site, these maps were linked to by such organizations as United Nations Spaced-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER), a Smithsonian Libraries Unbound article on Dr. Livingstone, Future Teachers Learning Together, freetech4teachers, Integrating Technology into the Classroom Curriculum, National Association of Educators (NEA) article on Lewis and Clark, Perry-Castañeda Library at the University of Texas at Austin, The University of Alaska Fairbanks, the Center Moriches Secondary Library Center, and the Charles Darwin Foundation. They were even embedded in school web sites like the Dowell Middle School social studies assignment on the American Revolution. Media articles also featured MyReadingMapped in The Atlantic, The Nation and Google Earth Blog.
Want proof of the above authoritative inbound MyReadingMapped links? Then check out the many pages of them in this Google search for the old MyReadingMapped web site. This image seach indicates the impact that the old MyReadingMapped site had on the internet. At the point the site crashed Google Map reported MyReadingMapped's custom Google Maps had a total of over 475,000 map views in a four year period including school web sites.
How young is too young to use MyReadingMapped? As soon as they want to know night from day they qualify. Just show them how to turn on the sunlight and timeline features on the home page and use the mouse to rotate the solar system with the green pop up timeline compass shown on the lower left of the image above. With it they can see for themselves the stars, the sun and night and day and the process of learning begins. Other maps youngsters might find interesting with parental guidance are the maps of Rollercoasters, The World's Best Zoos, Mind Blowing Pit Mines, Top 10 Longest Suspension Bridges, The World's Largest Sports Stadiums, Ancient Ruins, and Oceanic Trenches and other Undersea Phenomena
As shown above, you can combine the over 100-year-old Geography of the Köppen Climate Classification System map with today’s NOAA 24-Hour Radar map to see whether or not climate change has occurred in a given geography. Note how the highlighted color-coded dry steppe sits in an area surrounded by an east moving storm. What is going on there? Does the biome impact the weather as much as the weather impacts the biome?
Instructions: To combine the maps you first click the Go To Maps link above or at the bottom of this page. Open the Climate Classification map from the Geoscience section of the map directory, and then add the Radar map from the Precipitation section. You can even view both maps with mountains by activating the terrain mesh located at the bottom of the map directory. When you select a map from the map directory, a list of placemarks opens that list them in the proper chronological order. If you select a placemark from the list it will automatically zoom in on that location. You then click the placemark in the map to read its content about that location and any links that are available.
How to share or save your combined maps: To share or save your combined maps once they are displayed as combined, click the shared link symbol to the left of the map directory and copy the shared link or embedded code provided. Keep in mind that many of the weather maps work in real time and what you see today will be different tomorrow. So if you are looking to share a specific event you observe today, like the example above, a screen shot will be the only way to preserve or record it. Here is an example of a combined map.
Or, combine the Geography of the Köppen Climate Classification System map with the Wind Velocity map, no longer shown as shown above, to see how much wind there is in the highlighted green-color coded vegetated subtropics, but not in the orange- color coded desert. The Wind map is found in the Live! Weather section. Try it merged here.
Combing the Sunken Ship of the Great Lakes map with the NOAA 24-Hour Radar map indicates how weather affects shipping as shown above. The Sunken Ship map is found in the Abandoned and Sunken Ship section.Try it merged here.
Combing the Oregon, California, and Mormon Trail map with the Santa Fe and El Camino Real Trail map, and the In Search of Utopia map to understand migration across the continental United States. The maps are found in the Migration and Goverment sections of the map directory. Try it merged here.
Combing the How Stanley Found Livingstone map and Livingstone’s Source of the Nile Expedition map enables you to understand where Livingstone was during Stanley’s search for him. The two maps are correlated to each other to help explain it. Both maps are found in the Explorer section of the map directory. All the Explorer maps on this site are based on the online books listed at the bottom of this page and can be read while tracking book in the map. Each location placemark is quoted and page referenced. Try it merged here.
Combing the Earth Atmosphere map with the MODIS Terra Cloud Top Temperature map enables you to see where the Terra Satellite is and what kind of data it scans. Or you can combine it with the Infrared Clouds - NRL map in the Other Satellite section to see clouds. To give the map some scale, you can activate the terrain mesh to see how the 150 mile high atmosphere level yardstick sits atop a 3D Mount Everest. You can even adjust the brightness, opacity and contrast of the temperature map. By activating the "Timeline" feature to the left of the map list and adjusting the "Timeline" compass at the lower left of your screen will rotate the cosmos in real time when viewed as shown above to give you a senation of being in space. Thus, you can see the sun, stars and planets go down over the horizon as seen today, tomorrow, last week or next week. If you activate the "Sunlight" feature with the "Timeline" feature you can simulate changes between night and day. The more you increase the compass the faster it rotates. The Atmosphere map is located in the Geoscience section, while the Satellite map is located in the Live Satellites section. Try it merged here.
You can get investigative by combining the map of the Stages of Evolution map with The Rise, Fall and Migration of Civilization Due to Climate Change map to see if there is any correlation. Both maps are located in the Migration section. Try it merged here.
But that is not all you can do.
You can digitally climb the route of Hillary’s Mount Everest Expedition. Yes, the one so many people died on in 2017. Just activate the terrain mesh at the bottom of the map list, zoom down to the ground and adjust the navigation compass from looking down to looking straight ahead or up as necessary. This map is located in the Mountain Climbing section. Try it here and add the STK terrain mesh.
You can digitally walk the path of Lewis and Clark’s Expedition or any of the other 40 explorer maps in order to see it similar to what they did based on information from their own journals and books. This map is located in the Explorer section. Try it here.
You can rotate the Battle of Waterloo map to view it from either Napoleon’s or Wellington’s camp. This map is located in the Conquers and Wars section. Try it here.
You can investigate all the issues involved in The El-Niño Zone such as hydrothermal vents, volcanoes, trade winds, and currents and its effects around the world. This map is located in the Geoscience section. As shown in the lower image you can combine it with the Infrared Clouds - NRL map. Note how the storms align with the hydrothermal vents within the El-Niño Zone. Try it here.
You can go down deep in the ocean to see where the hydrothermal vents and cold seeps are based on coordinates and permissions provided by The Linnean Society of London. This map is located in the Geoscience section. Try it here. There is even a map of The Topography of Giant Wave Zones
All this is available free and can be linked and embedded in school web sites 24/7 on a wide variety of personal devices. You can even download many of the educational maps and edit them to your suit class needs. To do this select the "I" symbol at the end of each map name. However, we could use your help to cover the server and other technology costs. Please, any help you can offer is greatly appreciated.ClimateViewer GoFundMe
The Explorer and Conqueror maps are based on the following online books.
Each placemark in each map is quoted and page referenced to the book.
If you are among the 475,000 former MyReadingMapped map views from 120 countries, a lot has changed since the web site crashed. By merging MyReadingMapped with ClimateViewerTM 3D has increased its educational value as an online educational resource. Now, you can view these maps in 2D or 3D, rotate the map, change the elevation, and digitally walk the map in 3D, and combine them as you see fit. You can even change the base map from the default aerial satellite map to an ESRI Oceans map. And the maps as an open source are no longer dependent on Google. Unfortunately, the maps as you see them contain links to the original MyReadingMapped web site and contain some other broken inks that no longer function the way they once did that slightly impacts the maps. However, the new capabilities far and away compensate for this inconvenience. Now that there is renewed interest in these maps, I will be upgrading the maps and fix these problems over the next few months. I am editing them on the basis of which maps are most popular. At this point I have edited about 20% of the maps that represent about 80% of my viewership based on the 80-20 Pareto principle where 80% of my map usage is from 20% of the maps.