Explaining information with maps

I like maps, always have. They are fascinating and allow for a lot of information to be viewed in a graphical way. They can also offer a means for comparison.


Worldmapper is a wonderful collection of world maps that allows viewers to see various types of information in a graphic way, ie. as a map. I found a reference to this site on the blog, Using ICT in education, and had to have a play.

The site has 366 complete world maps and about 600 in total. They keep adding more. The maps and data files”cover mainly United Nations member states, plus a few others. The maps are cartograms and each maps ” territories that have are re-sized according to the variable being mapped.”


When you choose a map, along with a very clear map, you get facts, links to data files, links to suggested comparison maps and you can also download a PDF poster.

It is also easy to find maps. You can do an alphabetical keyword search, a 32 page long listing if you look through all. They are also put into 32 categories, then divided up again. The categories include population, wealth, poverty, health, foods, religion, language, pollution, violence and resources. map_categories1

I spent some time looking at the education maps; who is educated in the different countries, literacy levels, levels of education, spending on the different levels of education, etc.

This is a site that would be useful in so many areas in schools. The comparisons of the socio-economic data, geographic information, religions and the list could go on. Our students are often looking at this information in many different contexts; for Italian and Indonesian studies as they look at the societies, in geography, in science (environmental data), English, in informative writing pieces and debating and these are the few I can think of at the end of a long week.  

Have a look at the site and see how easy it is to keep on looking through the maps….or is it just me?

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One Response

  1. Hi Rhondda
    I definitely think the maps could be used in many different subject areas. It’s a great factual and visual resource.

    Here’s another map one for you – a mashup of polls and maps – http://www.ask500people.com/, which I quite like 🙂

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