Introducing school children to the power of maps by learning to navigate the LOF interactive map!
GIS stands for Geographic Information Systems. You might know what "geographic" means from studying geography in school. Geography describes where things are located around the world. Information Systems refers to the people, data, and equipment used to gather information to make maps!
Maps are used to visualize spatial information like:
Lindsey does a great job of explaining maps!
Shows location and topography, or shape of features on Earth.
Provides boundaries or locations, such as city boundaries, state lines, or countries.
Emphases a particular theme or subject, like climate, population density, or vegetation types.
A title of a map should be short and to the point.
A legend is the key to decoding the symbols on a map. It tells what colors represent and what symbols stand for!
A north arrow tells you which way is north on a map so you know what direction you are looking in!
A scale bar tells you how far the distance is between items on a map
A neatline is just what it sounds like! It is a border around the map that makes it look neat and gives extra white space around the imagery.
There should be some information to cite where the data came from!
In the past, maps were hand drawn (pre computers).
Satellites, the machines up in space that have been used to make phone calls and watch TV, are also designed to take pictures from SPACE!
GPS stands for Global Positioning System and is what you use when you open Google Maps to drive someplace!