Visual Media

The Visual Media page through COGA provides sites and collections that can be useful in the study of Geography or Social Studies in general.  Ranging from rare color images of the Great Depression, to before an after satellite images of natural disasters, this media can help to explore and enliven your classroom.


Al Franken Draw the U.S.

"Al Franken Draws the United States of America" - U.S. Senator for Minnesota and former Saturday Night Live comedian shows off his amazing ability to draw the U.S.A. state-by-state freehand during a fundraiser in 2007

Geospatial Revolution

Geospatial Revolution Project - from Penn State Public Broadcasting, the mission of the Geospatial Revolution Project is to expand public knowledge about the history, applications, related privacy and legal issues, and the potential future of location-based technologies.  This series of four episodes covers how geospatial technology is being used to track climate change, investigate disease, strengthen bonds between cultures, and expand democracy.  The videos can be watched online for free but are also available for purchase on DVD.  This site also includes resources to use in the classroom such as lesson plans and learning materials.

Brisbane Floods

Before and After - these aerial images of Brisbane were taken during flyovers on January 13th and 14th, 2011.  The first set of images were taken before massive flooding, and the second set afterward.  A slider effect allows users to easily view the massive destruction caused by the rising waters.  This resource is useful for helping students to understand the effects on communities of flooding, as well as possible impacts of rising sea levels caused by global climate change.  A really neat resource and well worth your time to check out. You can view a similar set of aerial images before and after the earthquake and tsunami that impacted the Fukushima Daichi Nuclear Plant on March 11th, 2011 here.

Cool Globes

Cool Globes - Cool Globes: Hot Ideas for a Cooler Planet, is a public art exhibition designed to raise awareness of solutions to climate change.  Cool Globes grew out of a commitment at the Clinton Global Initiative in 2005, and was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 2006.  Since that time, Cool Globes premiered in Chicago and went on tour across the country from Washington DC to San Francisco, San Diego, Sundance, Los Angeles, Houston and Cleveland.  In the fall of 2009, Cool Globes opened the first international exhibit in Copenhagen. From there our globes were in Geneva, Marseille, Vancouver, and Amsterdam.  Includes activities and lesson plans for a variety of age groups.<

tour of rome

Imago Urbis: Giuseppe Vasi's Grand Tour of Rome - Giuseppe Vasi's Grand Tour presents an innovative geo-database (geographic database) and website that references the work of two 18th century masters of Roman topography: Giambattista Nolli (1701-1756), who published the first accurate map of Rome (La Pianta Grande di Roma, 1748); and his contemporary Giuseppe Vasi (1710-1782), whose comprehensive documentation of the city and its monuments, especially in Delle Magnificenze di Roma antica e moderna, published from 1747-1761, establishes him as one of Rome's great topographers. Both Nolli and Vasi excelled at describing Rome in geo-spatial terms, one through scientific measurements and the ichnographic plan, the other through careful observation within a pictorial tradition that relied on mathematical perspective

Time Life Image Gallery

The Photo Archive - The relaunched site -- accessible to everyone but especially useful to educators -- makes the entire archives of photo giants Life magazine and Getty Images available free. Users can view galleries curated by the site's editors or search the library by names, dates, subjects, and locations. The archive chronicles current events, too, with daily news galleries and the addition of 3,000 new Getty photos a day.


National Gallery of Art Kids

National Gallery of Art - Adventures with Art for Kids.  NGAkids Art Zone interactives offer an entertaining and informative introduction to art and art history. Featuring a variety of art-making tools that encourage exploration and creativity, these activities are suitable for all ages. 



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