Black Map: Using Local Knowledge of World History
A new and innovative educational tool called Black Map is designed to be used by first- and second-graders on a wide variety of topics. A student learns how maps have changed throughout history and one can compare it to today.
While the textbook used for a great deal of classroom use usually shows past historical maps, or a scanty overview, Black Map gives students an up-close-and-personal experience. The content of the curriculum focuses on global geography, which includes the relationship between places, places and people.
As mentioned before, maps show us our world history. Whether a handful of continents, or even just a couple of countries, we can observe the people moving through the regions, giving us an insight into the past. This can often show us the way that people live today, whether it is in urban areas or villages.
Some historical maps show the difficulties that travellers faced, such as the ones showing isolation of tribal people in New Guinea or the slave ports of North America. While the majority of maps show a simple snapshot, in Black Map they give more depth. This enables students to see where their geography can go and how the map can be made to depict more than just a plain, large circle.
While the category “city map” is the most familiar, some maps may show us what the views may have been like at night. Examples like this may show why modern cities have lights and what people were wearing. A map showing the gender makeup and wealth of a city could provide a good overview of what a society is like.
Mapping the future?
This piece of curriculum does a lot more than simply building students’ awareness about the geography and history of our planet. It empowers them to build their own maps by creating them with added detail.
Some students may create maps where their topics are only two or three cities, but those in a standard class will see six to eight maps, with an appropriate mix of architecture and perspective. There are examples out there of students who saw this as an additional tool to their reading and writing, helping them better grasp the symbolism behind maps, as well as explain their original use.
Since the focus of the initiative lies in first and second grade, Black Map means that it focuses on classroom learning. This allows students in the more elementary parts of their education to be exposed to this kind of information early on, paving the way for more sophisticated and intense courses in later grades.
Many students find this tool a pleasant change from regular textbooks. They can draw it themselves, by using pencil and paper, but many have an iPad or other tablet. These can either be used in the classroom, or for that matter, on the move to show content anywhere and anytime.
The programme is also iOS compatible and also plans to be available on Android. We should all hopefully be able to work with this on whatever mobile device or application is best suited to our age.
We hope that you enjoy this fun and informative product and have fun with it.