Interactives I'm using in class - Central/South AmericaFri 12 February 2016 by Kyle Walker
The last couple weeks, I taught students about topics in Central and South America; here are a few of the interactive graphics I used in class.
Series of web maps built in ArcGIS Online and shared by Joseph Kerski that cover the physical geography of Mexico, and include some demographic information such as a population cartogram and locations of Mexico's indigenous populations. I use these maps to introduce the general geography of Mexico, and return to them throughout our thematic discussions of agriculture, migration, and race/ethnicity in Mexico.
Absolutely stunning series of interactive visualizations by Diego Valle-Jones that provide up-to-date information on the geography of various crimes in Mexico. I explore the maps and charts with my students; for example, we look at trends in homicide by state in Mexico, highlighting Guerrero as an introduction to the story of the 43 students kidnapped in Iguala, Guerrero in September of 2014. I also use the visualizations to point out the wide variations in crime rates by state/locality in Mexico.
Dot map of the Brazilian population by race by pata inspired by the Racial Dot Map of the United States. Each dot represents a single Brazilian resident, and the dots are color-coded by major racial/ethnic groups in the country. The map provides fascinating context for our in-class discussions of social inequality in Brazil; we also compare the racial geography of Brazilian cities such as Sao Paolo, as seen in the image above, to that of American cities.
This interactive map of global forest change prepared by the University of Maryland's Department of Geographical Sciences is a fantastic resource for teaching students about the dynamics of forest loss around the world. I use it here to discuss deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon; in the above image, forest cover is colored green, and forest loss between 2000 and 2013 is colored red. This helps contextualize our discussions about the scope of deforestation, and I use the map as well as part of our discussions of the sometimes-competing imperatives of economic development and environmental preservation.
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