Contributions to Books:

E. Simonne-Dombovari, M. Gede:
"The Blind Mouse - A Game for Developing and Popularizing Cartographical Skills";
in: "Cartography in Central and Eastern Europe", G. Gartner, F. Ortag (ed.); issued by: Heidelberg; Springer Verlag, Berlin, 2009, ISBN: 978-3-642-03293-6, 473 - 484.

English abstract:
In the past few years an exciting map game has been developed for entertainment and for drawing the attention of the users to cartography. It was originally prepared for education. This program and such developing areas of webcartography should be of interest to anyone who is involved in teaching or using cartography in schools or at university. It is an amusing way of learning and it can help pupils to practise what they have learnt previously, that is the curriculum itself. On the other hand it is able to popularize the cartography discipline in different age-groups.

Playing the game can be useful at home or in teaching. The levels of the game correspond to the Hungarian National Core Curriculum and are based on the topographic requirements of primary schools, of secondary school final exams and of university geography courses. This website of the game is presented for Hungarian pupils to develop their cartographical skills and for teachers to help their work. Beside this, it is recommended to anyone who likes to test his/her knowledge of maps and geography.

The currently available themes are: Hungary and Turkey, while Austria and some other areas are under construction. This programme was implemented into English, German and Turkish. In the future we have to find answers for two questions: Is there any need for this game in education in other countries of Central and Eastern Europe? Which role can it have in the education of a country?

Cartographic Education, Webcartography, Map Game, Curriculum

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