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Resources for Activities and Competitions

In this section you will find tools, maps and thematic links to help you contributing to the Spring Day activities and competitions.

Tools

Webquest
Please find the needed template on the competition page in the section of ‘Becoming teacher for one day’. Just click on the ‘take part in’ button, login and access the webquest template. Submit us your entry from there!

Quiz
Quizzes might be built using the following on-line open source suggestion .
Instructions: Go to download and choose the appropriate link according to your operating system. Then choose ‘Run’. A page showing different exercises possibilities will appear. Choose the JQuiz (Create a short-answer or multi-choice Quiz). We also suggest you to have a look at our tutorials to create quizzes using Hot Potato software.
Tutorial 1 (avi, 64,1 MB)
Tutorial 2 (avi, 6,83 MB)
Tutorial 3 (avi, 12,1 MB)

Power point presentation
To send us entries in Power Point format use this Power point template (EN, 1,69 MB).
In case you use this template for an activity or a competition, be aware that final size of your presentation should not exceed 2 megabytes (2 MB).

Maps

1. GRID-Arendal
This website offers a library of maps and graphics, as well as an interactive map collection. GRID-Arendal is an official United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) collaborating centre that collects and catalogues all graphic products that have been prepared for publications and websites in the last 15 years in a wide range of themes related to environment and sustainable development.
There are currently 1,841 graphics available in the database, with the last update February 25, 2010.

2. Mapsof
This website offers a comprehensive list of various different types of maps including physical, political, climate and thematic maps, among others.

3. Up2Maps Thematic Maps Editor
See and publish your research data on Thematic Maps & Share results with the World Community!
This website offers the possibility to create thematic maps that can be edited in many ways (colors, labels, legend etc)

Here’s what you can do:
• Maps can be exported to image (png) or embedded in blogs.
• Data can be uploaded in excel files or typed directly in the application.
• There are 2 levels of detail for each country.
• Runs on Google Maps Flash API
• Data includes territory names, zip/postal codes and international codification like FIPS and ISO.
  
Browse through the example UE Parliamentaries by country to get a better idea.

4. European Environment Agency
This site offers European environmental datasets, maps, charts and applications.

5. EUROPA – Treaty of Lisbon in your country
Interactive map that allows you to view the ratification procedure and adopting dates
Provides links per country.

6. Cartography and Geographic Information Systems Laboratory
University of Nebraska Omaha

This website offers several types of maps, including: general reference maps, thematic maps, environmental map and historical Maps. They are only a few though and the last update was performed in 2001. The following link concerns only European maps.

7. Geographic Guide
This website is an educational and cultural world guide with emphasis in the geographical components. Although the maps themselves are not very thematic, there are interesting country profiles with lots of information.

8. Your Europe Map
This is a very basic and simple page that offers 8 maps of Europe through different perspectives – no information is available other than the maps themselves.

9. Mapsorama
From world maps and interactive maps to historic maps, this site also includes maps of European cities. Although this site offers many different types of maps, they remain mainly geographical.


Thematic useful links

About Europe and its member states: EU institutions, treaties, currency, population, culture, heritage, etc.

The EU in slides
Here you will find a number of richly illustrated slides about what the European Union is, what it does and how it works.

The Teachers’ Corner
This site hosts a wide range of teaching material about Europe. The material has been produced by various EU institutions and other government and non-government bodies in order to help young people learn about the European Union and its policies.

The Easy Reading Corner
It offers booklets, maps, posters and postcards about the EU for young people. All products are published in the 22 official languages of the European Union and are fully accessible on the website.

• Euroculture exhibition and game
This board game for +15 years old is presented as a pedagogical tool. It includes questions on:
- European Institutions
- Greater Europe
- Countries in the European Union
- Cultural heritage thruogh the euro coins
The website is only available in FR but the game has been translated to FR, EN and DE.
The exhibition explains the symbols present in the Euro currency (available in FR, EN and DE).

Combating poverty and social exclusion

• European Commission - Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities: 2010 European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion

International Institute of Sustainable development
IISD is an independent non-profit and non-governmental organisation focused on improving the sustainability of the world. It deals with a variety of thematic areas:
- Climate Change and Energy
- Economics and Sustainable Development
- Foreign Investment for Sustainable Development
- Information Society
- International Trade
- Measurement and Assessment
- Natural Resources
- Networks and Partnerships
- Security
- Tomorrow's Sustainable Development Leaders

Biodiversity

European Environment Agency
A special section dedicated to Biodiversity is available on the Agency’s site.

Encyclopedia of life:
An electronic encyclopedia (pictures, videos, written info) with species of all over the world in 6 languages. They have a special section called “Learning + Education Group” (http://education.eol.org/) for educators and students and offer, for example, discussion forums, proposes ideas and activities in class.

Global Biodiversity Information Facility:
GBIF enables free and open access to biodiversity data online & worldwide. It is an international government-initiated and funded initiative focused on making biodiversity data available to all and anyone, for scientific research, conservation and sustainable development.
They have a special section on 2010 International Year of Biodiversity and particularly regarding its celebration by country. Different events are proposed: public awareness campaigns, workshops, games, TV/radio programmes, etc.

• National Geographic - Prehistoric World

GLOBIO
Outgrowth of the Wild Orphans project in the late 1990s.

Expertise centre for biodiversity and sustainable development
ECNC-European Centre for Nature Conservation has the non-profit mission to promote the conservation and sustainable use of Europe’s nature and biodiversity.

Send an e-card on biodiversity
Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences: Surprise your friends or family with a virtual card! (EN, FR, NL)

Climate change

European Environment Agency
A special section dedicated to Cimate Change is available on the Agency’s site.

• Green Peace: Stop Climate change campaign

• WWF - Climate: the changes & impacts of global warming

• Case study of primary schools in England under the project Climate change Lead Schools
The Climate Change Schools Project is a ground-breaking and unique educational programme operating in the North East of England. The Project aims to put climate change at the heart of the national curriculum via an organic and pioneering network of ‘Climate Change Lead School’ who build climate change understanding and positive action from the ground-up.