Web Resources For The Classroom – Weblinks 1: Population



I have spent a bit of time recently re-organising my favourite geography web sites, and thought it might be useful to share some of them on this blog.

Under a title of Weblinks, and using a separate theme for each blog entry, they might provide some useful resources to use in the classroom or for research for particular lessons. Once I have run through a series of blogs, I intend to compile all of the links into a single e-publication.

First up is a list of web sites connected to the theme of :




This site is packed with real-time counters showing changes in world population totals, birth rates, death rates, and a wealth of other development data. Great to,have it displayed as students enter a classroom, and kept ‘live’ in a corner of the whiteboard while the lesson progresses.

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Breathing EarthThis is another real-time simulation that shows birth rates, death rates and also carbon emissions of countries across the world. A great visual to start a lesson.





This site contains another great visualisation of world population growth – watch the digital counter click away while you teach your lesson. There are also some great map graphics representing death rates and environmental dials showing rates of deforestation, desertification etc. If you search through this site, there is a great depth of dynamic data that could you used to help illustrate a range of lesson topics.

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worldlifeexpectancyThis site is packed with great map graphics and raw data about different life expectancies and different causes of deaths.






worldpopulationhistoryThis site mixes a map (with overlays) and a timeline to identify key events and moments in the history of the world’s growing population. It also contains high quality video material as well as a range of specific resources for teachers to use in the classroom.


Use this site to examine population pyramids for any country of the world from 1950 to 2010. Regions of the world can also be examined. There are also world map graphics for a huge range of population data, including migration, birth and death rates, infant mortality, urban growth etc etc.



popmatters‘Population Matters’ examines the environmental effects of an unsustainable world population growth. It includes a real-time world population total counter, and a wealth of articles and video material that could be used in GCSE and A Level lessons.


The Population Media Centre produces high quality video material focused on population issues, gender matters and environmental protection. It also has a world population counter on the home page, which calculates how much the world population has grown since first logging on to the site.

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against all oddsThis is a simulation that puts students in the place of refugees.







This is the home site of the Population Research Bureau. Teachers can search the multimedia resources on this web site for any aspect of population.




If you have never explored this site – then you need to do so immediately! It is full of wonderful world maps where territories are re-sized according to the subject of interest. There is a huge range of data to explore, and the maps make great wall displays.

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The Laird Report is a respected blog Summary of world economic and population data. It is packed with animated graphs and Population pyramids, and a wide range of data about topics like projected population growth in different countries, changes in dependency ratios etc. Good for cherry-picking impactful facts and graphics to use in presentations.


This site can be used to explore surnames


This site contains some great map visualisations of population topics such as population density, urban population etc. Delve into the analysis key on each of the maps to find raw data that could be used in class.


On this site, it is possible to access information about migration at a number of key stages in the history of Britain’s population.


The Population Estimation Service allows you to estimate population totals and related statistics within a user-defined region. Click on the ‘Population Estimator Web Map’ button, and select your region using a circle or polygon tool:


Just click on a country to see data and a map visualisation for both in-migration and out-migration.


This is a comic strip story – suitable for students over the age of fourteen. It tells Almaz’s story a 22 year old from Ethiopia who left her hometown in the Bale Mountains in the hope of providing a better life for herself and her family. On her journey she encounters human trafficking, and the sad consequences that followed.


This site visualises the estimated net immigration by origin and destination between 2010 and 2015. Hover over a circle to see the migration flows in and out of an individual country.

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In addition to the web sites, I have added a few IOS apps for you to take a look at:

‘My Life As a Refugee’ – this app has been produced by the United Nations Refugee Agency, and allows students to choose a refugee character and then consider a variety of decisions that character would need to make in order to survive war, persecution or environmental disasters in their home countries.

‘China Population Mystery’ – one of a series of ‘thinking skills’ mysteries produced by ‘Reflective Thinking’: http://www.reflectivethinking.com/
These work well as collaborative exercises, and there are a range of geographical titles in the series on flooding in Boscastle, flooding in Bangladesh, Haiti earthquake, volcanic eruptions etc. This one is titled “Why is Stan Lui still looking for a girlfriend?”. If you have used any of David Leat’s mysteries (or written your own) you will be familiar with this format that works well on a digital platform.

‘Factbook’ , ‘The Economist World in Figures’, ‘IMF Data’, and ‘WDI Data Finder’ – one or more of these are worth having for up-to-date population and economic information on individual countries of the world. Textbooks and paper atlases soon fall out of date, and geography teachers should constantly update the data they use in the classroom.

‘Universal Counters’ – real-time counters for a wide variety of population data.

‘World Touch’ – stunning maps and graphs for a range of population data sets. Tap on the book symbol (top right) to open a huge range of information.

Note – some of these apps may not have been updated recently to fully function with IOS 11

Twitter users may want to follow @onlmaps for a treasure chest of interesting map resources, many of which relate to population issues. Here are a couple of examples I have saved from recent tweets:


Asia Upside Down Map @onlmaps

Upside Down Asia Map


Straight Lines From Iceland Map @onlmaps

Iceland In A Straight Line



Also, ‘Population Matters’ – @PopnMatters


I intend to produce further lists on different themes over the coming weeks – if you have any extra suggestions, send them on, and I will include them in my compendium document at the end of the project.



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Head of Geography and Assistant Vice Principal at South Molton Community College, North Devon. Exeter Chiefs supporter!
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