On the Road with CyberBee

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Our lives are filled with destinations, whether it is a jaunt to a fast food restaurant or a trip to a favorite vacation spot. In each case, we need to know the directions. Sometimes we simply know how to go from point A to point B, other times we have to study maps. Think about how you give directions for navigating to your house. Do you say turn east, west, north, or south on such and such a street; or do you say left or right? Do you provide landmarks like turn east just after McDonalds or if you pass the fire station you have gone too far? If the landmarks were not there, would people be able to find the street or your house? When you have been given directions, have you ever gotten lost? How many times did you have to stop before someone could give you more precise instructions? We know that understanding how to read different kinds of maps, plot routes between two points, and interpret the data in a concise manner are important concepts for students to learn. Where on the Web can we find tools to help us? Let CyberBee show you the way.

Maps

Atlapedia

Find facts, figures, and statistical data on geography, people, history, and economy in the Countries from A to Z section. Maps of the World serves as a quick reference to fun-color physical and political maps organized by regions. A nice linking feature allows you to toggle between the physical and political maps.

Color Landform Atlas of the United States

The Color Landform Atlas of the United States supplies a topographic, satellite, county outline, and postscript map for every state. An 1895 Rand McNally Atlas provides maps for states during that time period. On the 1895 maps, railroads are shown instead of roads because rails were the primary mode of transportation. States are listed alphabetically on the main page. The ease of use will appeal to students.

Flags and Maps of the World

Based on information from the CIA World Fact Book, this easy-to-use site is perfect for students. Click on a continent, then choose a country. A large color flag and map are returned, ready to print for a report.

How Far Is It?

This service uses data from the U.S. Census and a supplementary list of cities around the world to find the latitude and longitude of two places and then calculates the distance between them (as the crow flies). It also provides a map showing the two locations, using the Xerox PARC Map Server.

Map Machine-National Geographic

Locate broad geographical areas with this sophisticated interface. Political/satellite maps are returned. You can print, save, or e-mail the images.

Map Generators

Expedia

MapBlast

MapQuest

Yahoo! Maps

Are you looking for a map that you can use on your school Web page, driving directions to the amusement park, or a place to save maps you find? Several sites allow you to create, save, e-mail, and link to maps. MapBlast has a cool feature where you can select icons to represent places you designate by clicking on the map. Expedia provides an overview of the region on the same page. MapQuest appears to have the most up-to-date mapping system for new roads. Yahoo! utilizes MapQuest, but has its own easy-touse interface. While these map services are great tools for finding places, you need to keep in mind that the maps are not totally accurate.

Historical Maps

American Memory Map Collections

Seven categories of maps from 1597 to 1988 are presented in this amazing collection. Categories include cities and towns, immigration and settlement, conservation and environment, military battles and campaigns, discovery and exploration, and transportation and communication. Specially designed software from Lizard Tech allows you spectacular zooming capabilities.

Cultural Maps-University of Virginia

Color-coded U.S. Territorial Maps show the progression of Westward expansion from 1775 to 1920. …