Hardware & Software Divisions

Every city has its own unique characteristics. Every city has its hardware and software Divisions whether perceived or unperceived:

  • Physical divisions - walls, rivers, trails, lakes, cultural monuments, mountainsides or seaside.
  • Socioeconomic divisions - certain areas with different development characteristics inhabited by social groups or classes [underdeveloped areas, working class neighbourhoods, developed areas, middle class neighbourhoods etc.]
  • Ethnical and religious divisions - certain areas inhabited mainly by members of different ethnical or/and religious groups [e.g., traditional.
  • Jewish neighbourhood, protestant or catholic neighbourhoods, China-town, etc.]
  • Divisions per activity - commercial areas, tourist areas, cultural areas, leisure areas, commuting zones etc.
  • Divisions per feelings - safe zones or danger zones according to a person’s perception of a certain area.
What's in for me?
  • I will learn to divide their city into different divisions according to physical, socioeconomic and ethnical/religious characteristics, areas they feel safe or unsafe, and divisions according to the use of the areas (leisure,work,commercial, nightlife, culture).
  • I will learn to combine different information between different types of a city’s divisions.
  • I will improve their digital skills [using an online map, drawing and creating layers on a map].
  • I will use critical thinking regarding the division of their city into different types and different areas.
  • I will cultivate their skills to discuss about their answers and findings with other participants (online or face-to face)

The physical divisions of our city

By completing this activity, you will learn to divide your city into different divisions according to its physical characteristics; you will learn to combine different information between different types of a the city’s divisions and, lastly, you will improve your digital skills (using an online map, drawing and creating layers on a map).

What will I learn?

  • Leadership
  • Digital Communication
  • Teamwork & Interpersonal skills

What will I need?

  1. Laptop/PC/tablet with internet connection;
  2. Optional: online platform to submit your choices and answers. In a forum (if available) you can discuss and compare your maps and answers with other fellow participants.
  3. Optional: in a seminar room in a face-to-face activity you may use a large paper map on a table or on the wall and draw on it or use an interactive whiteboard.
  4. scribblemaps.com links:
    1. Athens
    2. Ajaccio
    3. Birmingham
    4. Finsterwalde
    5. Portalegre
    6. Stockholm

Download the Worksheet

What are your thoughts?

  • Did you find the exercise interesting?
  • How many physical divisions exist in your city?
  • Is there a connection between physical divisions and socioeconomic characteristics of these parts of the city?
  • Were your maps and answers similar to your fellow participants, did you find common ground in your discussion?

Mapping the safety feeling in a city

In this exercise, you will divide your city into different divisions (safety zones or danger zones) according to your feelings and perception towards the city’s areas, combine different information between different types of a city’s divisions and improve their digital skills [using an online map, drawing and creating layers on a map].

What will I learn?

  • Leadership
  • Digital Communication
  • Teamwork & Interpersonal skills

What will I need?

  1. Laptop/PC/tablet with internet connection;
  2. Optional: In an online platform you can submit your choices and answers and fellows of yours.
  3. Optional: In a forum (if available) you can discuss and compare maps and answers with fellow participants. In a seminar room in a face-to-face activity you may use a large paper map on a table or on the wall and draw on it or use an interactive whiteboard.

Download the worksheet

What are your thoughts?

  • Did you find the exercise interesting?
  • Do you consider your city a safe place to live in general?
  • Did you consider your area as a safe zone? Are there any danger zones in your area and why?
  • Is the feeling of safety connected to your perception/personal experience? Do other participants agree or disagree with your points of view?
  • Were your maps and answers similar to your fellow participants, did you find common ground in your discussion?Did you find the exercise interesting?
  • Do you consider your city a safe place to live in general?
  • Did you consider your area as a safe zone? Are there any danger zones in your area and why?
  • Is the feeling of safety connected to your perception/personal experience? Do other participants agree or disagree with your points of view?
  • Were your maps and answers similar to your fellow participants, did you find common ground in your discussion?

The socioeconomic divisions of our city

By completing this exercise, you’ll divide their city into different divisions according to each area’s socioeconomic characteristics, you will combine different information between different types of a city’s divisions and will also improve your digital skills (using an online map, drawing and creating layers on a map).

What will I learn?

  • Leadership
  • Digital Communication
  • Teamwork & Interpersonal skills

What will I need?

  1. Laptop/PC/tablet with internet connection;
  2. Optional: in a seminar room in a face-to-face activity you may use a large paper map on a table or on the wall and draw on it or use an interactive whiteboard.
  3. scribblemaps.com links:
    1. Athens
    2. Ajaccio
    3. Birmingham
    4. Finsterwalde
    5. Portalegre
    6. Stockholm

Download the worksheet

What are your thoughts?

  • Did you find the exercise interesting?
  • How many physical divisions exist in your city?
  • Is there a connection between socioeconomic divisions and ethnic/religious/cultural characteristics of these parts of the city?
  • Is your area in a better condition today than it was in the past?
  • Were your maps and answers similar to your fellow participants, did you find common ground in your discussion?

Mapping the different usage of areas in the city

In this exercise you will divide your city into different divisions according to the different usage of the city’s areas, learn to combine different information between different types of a city’s divisions and improve your digital skills [using an online map, drawing and creating layers on a map].

What will I learn?

  • Leadership
  • Digital Communication
  • Teamwork & Interpersonal skills

What will I need?

  1. Laptop/PC/tablet with internet connection;
  2. Optional: In an online platform you can submit your choices and answers and fellows of yours. You and other participants can use and create their maps in the above-mentioned links. In an online platform you can submit your choices and answers. In a forum (if available) you can discuss and compare your maps and answers with fellow participants
  3. Optional: In a seminar room in a face-to-face activity, you and other participants may use a large paper map on a table or on the wall and draw on it or use an interactive whiteboard.
  4. scribblemaps.com links:
    1. Athens
    2. Ajaccio
    3. Birmingham
    4. Finsterwalde
    5. Portalegre
    6. Stockholm

Download the worksheet

What are your thoughts?

  • Did you find the exercise interesting?
  • Does your city have adequate areas for leisure, sports, culture and nightlife?
  • Do all communities have access to leisure, cultural and working zones?
  • Were your maps and answers similar to your fellow participants, did you find common ground in your discussion?