Welcome to Mr. Tredinnick's Cartography Program
Welcome to the site for Mr. Tredinnick's Cartography program. This project based approach will give students an introduction to some basic concepts of Geography, with a focus on map making using Geospatial technologies and the philosophical backings behind it. Students will get a brief overview of what are some of the technologies that are available for geography, and how they can be used to better understand the world. A particular emphasis will be on the use of the cloud based service ArcGIS and the ideas of map basics, design, and advanced techniques of map mapmaking.
Module 1: The Craft of the Geographer
Opening Activity: Geographic Perceptions
Goal: Teach participants the importance of being open and willing to look past preconceived notions.
Activity: Where in the World
Goal: Test students' abilities to recognize human and physical characteristics
Notes: Five Themes of Iceland
Goal: Students will understand the 5 Themes, and how they pertain to geographic study, using the example of Iceland to recognize them. These themes are the basis for geographic study, including cartography.
Module 2: Using Latitude and Longitude
Opening Activity: Finding Absolute Location
Goal: Get used to finding a location's absolute location using a number of different methods.
Activity: Latitude and Longitude in Google Earth
Goal: Practice using latitude and longitude in Google Earth to find different locations.
Notes: Basic Map References
Goal: Learn about different geographical reference points included on maps.
Module 3: Cartographic Principles
Opening Activity: Making a Mental Map
Goal: Use geographic principles to make a map of a known location or route.
Notes: Basics of Cartography
Goal: Have an idea of the philosophical and geographical background of cartography.
Notes: Elements of Maps (TODALSIGS)
Goal:Learn about the elements of a map and how they contribute to making maps that are informative, and easy to read.
Activity: Using TODALSIGS
Goal: Practice working with TODALSIGS to make a map that is easily readable.
Module 4: All about Maps
Opening Activity: Dealing with a Spherical Earth
Goal: Understand the complexities of mapping locations from a spherical globe onto a flat map by trying to transfer locations from a fictitious place.
Notes: Map Projections and Types of Maps
Goal: Get students to understand the types of maps that can be made and the benefits of different styles and projections.
Activity: Merits of Maps
Goal: Judge different maps from the internet for their cartographic and geographic value.
Module 5: Blending Cartography
Opening Activity: EarthXplorers - History of Cartography
Goal: Students will complete this online module about the ideas of cartography as a way to bring together all the elements of the previous modules. Students will also begin working with GIS to learn basic cartographic skills and make a map of their own.
Module 6: Principles of GIS
Opening Activity: Mapping You
Goal: Students will practice making a rudimentary dot map by adding map notes in ArcGIS Online (AGO).
Notes: Introduction to GIS
Goal: Understand the philosophical basis for web-based mapping and the uses for it.
Lecture: TED - GIS
Goal: See real world applications of web maps.
Module 7: Adding Data to a Webmap
Opening Activity: Simple Dot Map
Goal: Participants will get an idea of how to compile data into a .csv file and create a webmap of their own.
Activity: Multi-Category Dot Map
Module 9: Location Join to Create a Choropleth
Opening Activity: The Population Reference Bureau
Module 8: Interpolation Isoline Maps
Opening Activity: Analyzing 2016 Election Data