MAPS101 ANNOUNCES NEW INTERACTIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT USING BING MAPSSanta Barbara, CA — [April 14, 2010] — Maps101 will provide students and teachers with a new way to explore the world using Microsoft Corp.'s Bing Maps.
Users of the online K-12 resource will now be able to explore streets, neighborhoods, cities and countries, search for relevant content and share their experiences as part of a host of exciting new Maps101 features developed with Bing.
For the initial launch, subscribers can use the dynamic map to find Maps101 content — including National Geographic videos, Maps, Lesson plans and Educational games and activities — for a specific geographic location. Students can also take 'virtual field trips' — for example touring Maps101's 'Monuments of Washington DC' map in 3-D or at street level view.
Bing Maps includes bird's eye views and stunning aerial and satellite imagery, and enables users to zoom down progressively closer for more detail, or use wide angled map views to illustrate broader concepts. "Bing Maps will help teachers communicate complex issues in a geographic context, using stunning imagery and an immersive mapping experience," according to John Serpa, CEO of Maps101. "From the Science Teacher comparing regional climates to the History Teacher illustrating the progression of the civil war, Bing adds yet another Maps101 facet that will engage students."
Because Bing maps is a browser based tool, schools and individuals do not need to download and run a separate application in order to use the new feature (although a browser plug-in is necessary for 3-D viewing). "First and foremost Maps101 is about content. Bing offers a unique way of presenting great support materials in a way that will capture the imagination of students, and help them retain information," Serpa continued.
Bing Maps incorporates a host of exciting features, which Maps101 developers hope to bring to classrooms, including Photosynth, where user-compiled photos of a location are used to create a 3-dimensional view, and a recently unveiled augmented reality feature allowing map users to zoom in from street level, for a live, interactive view of a location. The ability to share content and experiences with other users will also introduce a social aspect to the Maps101 environment.
"We are delighted to be working with Maps101 in the development of a true 21st-century learning tool that has the potential to change the way students learn about their world," said Eric Waldman, Bing Maps Geospatial Specialist
For more information or for a free trial of Maps101 for review, contact Stephanie Jensen at (805) 685-3100 ext. 108 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Formed in 1998 as a division of Maps.com, Maps101 gives the K-12 teacher a unique online resource for engaging, interactive, social studies content at a cost of only pennies per student. This dynamic online resource saves time by providing teachers with comprehensive, geography-centric lesson plans, maps, educational games and support materials.
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