Students build maps of historic plague outbreaks in MinecraftEDU and make mini-documentaries using iMovie on the iPad in the Plague Map Project.
I developed this project in collaboration with Cynthia Fogleman and Wanda Richards from the Carver Magnet School Science Department. The rubric represents the social studies side of the project.
Plague Map Project
Teaching math in geography? Yes! Social studies, or social science, involves mathematics. Geography is especially mathematical as maps, globes, and GPS systems are all based in mathematics. My trip to the HSTW14 conference convinced me that, as a social studies teacher, I could do more to reinforce math in my courses and thereby make them more applicable to the real world. I set a goal of doing five FALs this year along with at least two LDC modules. I’ll post here as I develop and test applications of MDC concepts in the geography classroom. Below are some links to help include mathematics in the study of geography.
Free Map Tools
Gizmodo: Google Maps Now Lets You Measure Distances
Sketch and Calc
WikiHow: How to Read a Map