Friday, March 18, 2011

Catch of the Day - Dimensions - 3/18/2011

Dimensions from the BBC overlays significant places, events, and things onto a satellite view of any location you choose.


The Dimensions overlays can give students a sense of the size and scope of things when related to more familiar surroundings. For example you could overlay the Great Wall of China on the northeast United States and see that it extends all the way from Missouri in the central US to Nova Scotia in eastern Canada.


You can choose things to overlay in the following categories:

  • The War on Terror
  • Space
  • Depths
  • Ancient Worlds
  • Environmental Disasters
  • Festivals and Spectacles
  • The Industrial Age
  • WWII-Battle of Britain
  • Cities in History


Some Dimensions overlays can be transformed into walks, further enhancing the appreciation of the physical distances involved.

Dimensions is part of a BBC effort to find new ways to communicate history. Dimensions originated with a series of workshops and research in the summer of 2009, into what new forms of digital media could bring to the field.


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