18 Geography Based Exercises

As you work through these examples, both in-class and out-of-class, I want you to Twitter some information. You need not tweet on any specific sites or set of sites — I simply want you to tweet when you find something you really like, are really impressed by, or could see will be really useful.

#bit330 #geog NameOfTool: yourReaction

  • Your reaction should be just that — highlight what you liked or didn't like.
  • I expect at least 7 tweets sent from each of you.

You should finish these exercises and these tweets by the beginning of next Monday's class.

  1. Find a list of search engines for Australia
  2. Does Yahoo have a search engine home in Australia?
  3. Look through the directory of popular content on Google Maps.
    1. Find what's on the opposite side of the earth from your home town.
    2. Find some other content that you want to add to Google Maps
  4. Look through 100 things to do with Google Maps mashups; see if there's anything that you want for your project or personally (there's some good stuff)
  5. Look through the home page of GoogleSightseeing; read one of the recent posts.
    1. Under Sights by Locality or by category, find one that interests you.
  6. Use Kayak to find out possible destinations for a trip you'll take the first summer after you have gotten a full time job.
    1. Use TripWolf, Uptake, or WeGo to double check the information that you just found.
    2. Use one of the hotel/hostel search tools to find an appropriate place to stay.
  7. Pick a U.S. city that you would like to visit, or just pick Ann Arbor or Detroit if you'd like. Use several of the local search engines (a couple of the big ones, a couple of the small ones) to find restaurants and local events that would be of interest to you.
  8. Pick a U.S. city that you would like to visit.
    1. Use a couple of the travel directions sites to plan out the driving trip. When building the route, see if you can use the tool to specify several different stops along the trip.
    2. Use Roadside America to find some interesting tourist attractions along the way.
  9. Just in case you're going to either planet, you might want to check out Google's Moon map or Mars map.
  10. Explore the variety of US and world maps available. You should especially note the maps that you can print (HRW, NG) and the CIA World Factbook maps.
  11. Look over the maps of current interest (they always change).
  12. Try out this map maker. Add different layers and see how they can be combined. I am sure that there are projects that you have done (or might do) in other classes or in a future job that this will be useful for.
  13. Explore World Mapper. This is another amazing tool.
  14. Where is the sun currently rising and setting in the world?
  15. Use EarthTools in order to determine the time of day in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  16. Look at some of the tools available on EarthPulse.
  17. Use AuctionMapper to find some eBay auctions going on near here or near your home.
  18. Use either Oodle or LiveDeal to find search for some good (maybe some electronics?) for sale locally.
  19. Explore the value of houses in your home neighborhood using one of the real estate search tools.
  20. Look for some foreclosures in your home neighborhood using a couple of the real estate tools.
  21. On, either MapMyRun or Gmaps Pedometer, plan out a walk (maybe your normal walk during the day) and see how long it is.
  22. Simply explore Wikimapia.
  23. Use a couple of the clock/time zone tools to find the times in Moscow, Tokyo, and Buenos Aires.
  24. If you don't download Google Earth to your own computer, I will have failed you. It is the most fun you can have (within context of a school-related activity, of course).
  25. For some random fun to test your mapping skills, try Sporcle.com
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