Do Maps Lie?

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Watch the video above introducing the variety of ways maps can lie. Make a list of the key ideas whilst you 3 people how maps can lie. Challenge those 3 people to tell another 3 people.
Use a search engine to find the answers to; What’s the most common map projection? What are the main problems with this projection? Then use ‘truesize of’ to explore the relative size of countries. how many countries you can fit into the continent of Africa and share this knowledge with a friend.
Explore the map projections in the book on p200 which show how we can flatten the earth and the resource link. Why were different projections used for different data? Why is one project better than another?https://www.visualcapitalist.comCreate a tiktok which explains the different types of map projections.
Facts alone don’t change people’s minds. Watch the video about how to effectively communicate an idea. Make a list of the key the techniques from the video to communicate and convince someone about one of the ideas from the Atlas of the Invisible book.
Watch the video exploring how to spot misinformation, disinformation and malinformation. Write a definition for each of the a checklist to help people spot misinformation, disinformation and malinformation.
Read about the five maps that will change how you see the world. Pick your favourite map and write an explanation of why it’s your favourite.theconversation.comPrint off a copy of your favourite map and stick it on the wall in your bedroom.
In 2020 a misleading map of Coronavirus went viral. Read the BBC article to explore the story of the map. Read the feature in First Draft News. Create a timeline of the spread of the map.
Help to stop misinformation spreading by reporting any misleading maps or information on social media.

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