Bell Ringers

Bell Ringer: Interpreting Maps and Identifying Misinformation

Interpreting Maps and Misinformation

Dr. Anthony Robinson, director of Online Geospatial Education Programs at Penn State University explained how viral maps shared on social media can be used portray misinformation. He specifically discussed the role that thematic maps can be manipulated and mislead consumers.

Description

Dr. Anthony Robinson, director of Online Geospatial Education Programs at Penn State University explained how viral maps shared on social media can be used portray misinformation. He specifically discussed the role that thematic maps can be manipulated and mislead consumers.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • What does Dr. Robinson mean when he states that "there aren't any 100% truthful maps?"
  • According to Dr. Robinson, why do people trust maps?
  • What are the dangers of maps going viral on social media? What are examples of this?
  • How can viral maps distributed on social media be misleading?

Additional Resources

Participants

    Vocabulary

    • Cartography
    • Electoral College
    • Thematic Map
    • Viral

    Topics

    GeographyMedia

    Grades

    High SchoolUniversity