Of all the changes in technology over the last couple decades, perhaps one of the most subtle but far reaching is in the area of mapping.

When I was a young I loved maps!  I kept maps. I studies maps for fun.  I enjoyed finding the best route on a trip and navigating in difficult places.  I rarely got lost – I couldn’t find my parents now and then, but I knew where I was.  Today, maps have gone digital.  Yes we have Mapquest, Google Maps, GPS devices for our cars…  but what does that really mean?  How is it used today and how will it be used in the future?

Perhaps the most telling statement on the impact of geospatial technology on our society comes from UPS.  “We stared as a trucking company that happened to have technology.  Now we are a technology company that happens to have trucks.”

The Geospatial Revolution Project shares some of the ways geospatial technology is impacting the world.  The clips below include a trailer and three episodes that are worth sharing in the classroom.  In addition you can find teacher resources on the Geospatial Revolution web site.  Interestingly enough the first episode talks about how geospatial technology was used to provide aid after the earthquake in Haiti – an interesting connection to the Japan earthquake.

Trailer:

Episode One:

Episode Two:

Episode Three: