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The First Day of School Around the World

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Take a look at the first day of school celebrations around the world!

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 28, 2014 10:29 AM

Access to education is one of the great indicators of development and political stability--educators wish nothing but the best education possible for the next generation, but the experience is quite variable across the globe.  As many places have recently started school again, this article is a reminder that this practice is experienced differently around the world. 


TagseducationK12, developmentperspective, worldwide.

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Quizlet.com: Vocabulary flashcards

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Vocabulary words for AP Human Geography Rubenstein Chapter 7 vocab. Includes studying games and tools such as flashcards.

 

There are two purposes for posting this link.  1) This provides a good set of vocabulary terms for geography classes (search and you'll find many more).  2) More importantly though, this site www.quizlet.com is very user-friendly way to create your own digital flashcards for students or have students collaborate on an online project.  A collaborative class that is engaged in a big project can generate some amazing results and I see this site as being able to facilitate that type of interaction. 


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First taste of chocolate

"To be honest I do not know what they make of my beans," says farmer N'Da Alphonse. "I've heard they're used as flavoring in cooking, but I've never seen it. I do not even know if it's true." Watch how the Dutch respond to a cocoa bean in return or you can watch our entire episode on chocolate here.


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Benjamin Jackson's curator insight, December 13, 2015 6:02 PM

this is an interesting demonstration of the disconnect between the consumer and the producer. we would consider chocolate to be the product these guys are producing, yet we forget that they only deal with it at the rawest level. something we see everyday is something as rare as gold to these guys.

Martin Kemp's curator insight, December 17, 2015 3:12 PM

how do these people not know what the crop they are producing is or tastes like? that is amazing to me how you can be so oblivious to what you are doing. and how the place that produces cocoa does not actually have access to it.

BrianCaldwell7's curator insight, April 5, 8:15 AM

What is the geography of chocolate like?  This video was produced in the Netherlands, the global center of the cocoa trade, but the world's leading producer of cocoa is Côte d'Ivoire.  There is a dark side to chocolate production; the dirty secret is that slavery is commonplace on cocoa plantations in West Africa.  Although the worst of the situation is glossed over in this video, it still hints at the vast economic inequalities that are part and parcel of the global chocolate trade and the plantation roots of the production.  What are some of your reactions to this video?  


Tags: chocolate, Ivory Coast, Africa, poverty, development, economic, globalization, industry, labor.

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42 Amazing Maps - YouTube


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Nancy Watson's curator insight, August 7, 2014 8:20 PM

Maps express the spatial nature of geography. 

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8 Key Facts About Africa - The Globalist

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Africa has one of the youngest and fastest-growing consumer markets in the world.

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Nancy Watson's curator insight, August 8, 2014 2:45 PM

Africa is a continent to watch. It has the potential to begin an economic break through on a global scale. I used to say watch China. Now I think it is Africa 

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In future, can cars be obsolete in cities?

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Helsinki and Hamburg are both striving to vastly improve urban transport in less than a generation. The Helsinki Times states that “the future resident of Helsinki will not own a car.”


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Jessica Ireland's curator insight, August 27, 2014 3:14 PM

I think this is so true ! every time ive went to a huge city I find residents either riding bikes or taking city buses, trains.

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Globalization I - The Upside: Crash Course World History #41 - YouTube


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Nancy Watson's curator insight, August 9, 2014 6:16 PM

Globalization 

Sarah Ann Glesenkamp's curator insight, August 18, 2014 1:01 PM

Unit 1 Globalization

(Key term)

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Map - Island of safety becomes a death trap

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Between 10,000 and 40,000 ethnic Yazidis are trapped in the Sinjar Mountains after fleeing attacks by fighter from the Islamic State (IS). The 4,400-foot-high Sinjar range is venerated by the Yazidis.


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16 Children And Their Bedrooms From Across The World. This Truly Opened My Eyes...

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Where they sleep says a lot about the world they live in.

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Eye opening! "I'm shocked by how differently children start their lives in this world. All of them deserve a chance, but some will never get one due to the harsh environments they're raised in." 

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Nancy Watson's curator insight, April 18, 2014 8:03 PM

We believe everyone is or should be like us, but that is not how things are In reality. 

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Chinese school for disputed island

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Current news article on China

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Nancy Watson's curator insight, June 15, 2014 7:31 AM

China's actions are raising tensions in this area.

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What does it mean when someone says they're Shia or Sunni?

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The words Shia and Sunni appear a lot in the news these days. But what do they mean and where did they come from?

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This article could help some of you with your country profiles. 

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Nancy Watson's curator insight, June 21, 2014 9:24 AM

Sunni and Shia are both branches of the religion of Islam, just a Catholics and Protestants are branches of Christianity.

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▶ How Many Countries Are There? - YouTube

Discuss this video: http://www.reddit.com/r/CGPGrey/comments/1p2m6g/how_many_countries_are_there/ Help support videos like this: http://www.cgpgrey.com/subba...

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Country or not?? Interesting/confusing question! 

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Nancy Watson's curator insight, February 8, 2014 5:38 PM

state or not a state? Good for the Political unint

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What constitutes a "state?"  Watch this video and make a determination.

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Mystery of Death Valley's 'Sailing' Stones Solved

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There's a place in Death Valley National Park where a mystery that has puzzled scientists and park visitors for decades finally has been solved.

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Riaz Ahmad Baboojee's curator insight, August 29, 2014 12:59 AM

Think

Greg Russak's curator insight, August 29, 2014 9:30 AM

It's probably not what you think. It wasn't what I thought.....then again, I had no idea what was happening.

Jake Red Dorman's curator insight, October 29, 2014 1:46 PM

It's amazing to see that even though we have been on this planet for so long, there are stilll mysteries such as this. Tjis could have taken year s to solve but looking at the picture in the slides at the bottom of the article, it seems like this group of scientists knew exactly how to figure this out. this all happens becasue of geography and where these rocks are in the world that make them move around. Iis in a dried up lake pond that freezes over at night to create a layer of ice strong enough to help the rocks move around at night. This discovery took 2 whole years to figure out, but was vey much worth it in the end. 

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Study Guides for "The Cultural Landscape"

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If you need reading guides/study guides for the Rubenstein textbook, the AP Human Geography link has good content.  This page also has good resources for other history/social studies classes (European History, Government, World History, US History, Economics).   This is all the work of Jim Nelsen, teacher extraordinaire from Milwaukee, WI. 


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MRS.Besler's comment, December 12, 2011 1:29 PM
for some reason the link is not working now!!!! Help! I was using this as midterm review...

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Try this URL:
https://pantherfile.uwm.edu/jnelsen/www/apgeog/syllabus.html
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Do you know Africa?

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Many of Africa’s leaders will be in town next week attending a White House summit. The continent’s land is shared among 49 countries — many of which rarely make U.S. headlines. How familiar are you with Africa’s geography?


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Jason Schneider's curator insight, March 9, 2015 3:41 PM

http://lizardpoint.com/geography/africa-quiz.php

This is easier because it shows you the shape of the countries. As for this quiz, I can locate any African country but some of them, not precisely. I'm able to locate Ethiopia, Libya and Angola obviously because they're bigger but not Togo, Eritrea and Rwanda. However, I can closely locate the smaller countries but not precisely.

Jared Medeiros's curator insight, March 29, 2015 5:21 PM

I love interactive maps like this.  These are the best way to learn where things are in the world geographically.  Africa is the toughest, for myself, continent in the world to be able to locate and identify where certain countries are.  This is in part because Africa has so many countries and also Africa is a part of the world that is not often taught in school, therefore you have limited thoughts and ideas about these types of areas.

David Lizotte's curator insight, April 22, 2015 1:54 PM

I have always been fascinated with Africa and its history. Through its history one can understand why Africa is the way it is today. Its a shame that Africa does not have more of a focus in the Public School Curriculum. Its played a huge part in developing western civilization, whether it be in ancient Alexandria providing grain for the Roman Republic or the coltan extracted through inhumane means in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Africa is a continent that has been raped and torn in a repetitive manor under a variety of foul experiences brought upon by western countries. These are the same western countries that are held of high interest and regards in subject manor instituted in the Public School System. Africa has also been apart of amazing developments of human civilization, for example the Trans Saharan Trade Route which linked Kingdoms such as Ancient Ghana to dynasties far in the Middle East. It is also the birthplace of man (no big deal). In either case there needs to be a stronger push on teaching/molding "Africa" (yes, I know... broad) into the curriculum. It is important in both understanding the history of the world, specifically western civilization and how it coined itself  “civilized.” Through introducing basic aspects, history, and dilemmas (both old and modern) it could inspire more interest and an expansion of knowledge from student to student. School is and will most likely continue to be Euro-centric and have large flares of Americana and other “themes” of North America. 

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▶ Future of Food: Africa's Complicated Food Puzzle - YouTube

Published on Aug 7, 2014

In some African countries, foreign investment in food production has improved infrastructure and quality of life. But large-scale agriculture has also had negative effects, including environmental degradation and destruction of small farms. Photojournalist Robin Hammond, who covered this conflict for National Geographic magazine, gives a ground-level view of the issues.


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The French and British Redrew the Middle East After World War I

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Now that map is crumbling.

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What Happens When a Hurricane Meets a Volcano?

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When Iselle crosses the Big Island of Hawaii, it will offer a rare glimpse at a clash of the titans

 

Tags: disasters, Oceania, physical, weather and climate.


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Lora Tortolani's curator insight, May 4, 2015 10:42 PM

It seems as though the volcanos have more of an affect on hurricanes than vise versa.  It is interesting to watch these two natural forces come together and play off of each other in their natural state.

Louis Mazza's curator insight, May 6, 2015 10:28 AM

 

 What happens when a hurricane meets a volcano? Well according to Victoria Jaggard of Smithsonian.com when Hurrican Iselle crosses the big island volcano of Hawaii it will show us a clash of the titans. The scientists do not believe that the hurricane will cause eruption because previous storms and numerous amounts of rainfall has not affected the lava. I assume it will just evaporate when touching lava. Although gasses and particles could make phases of the hurricane more intense.

                This is interesting to see if a change in geography does really occurs when these 2 natural forces meet eachother. 

Lena Minassian's curator insight, May 7, 2015 12:20 PM

This was very interesting because I did not realize that a hurricane can clash with a volcano. Hurricane Iselle traveled across Hawaii and clashes with the Kilauea volcano. Hurricanes rarely happen in Hawaii and this is why this was unexpected. Gases and particles from the volcano will make the hurricane worse and more intense. Heavy rain will occur but the volcanic activity may only add more lightening than anything. 

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Charting culture

"This animation distils hundreds of years of culture into just five minutes. A team of historians and scientists wanted to map cultural mobility, so they tracked the births and deaths of notable individuals like David, King of Israel, and Leonardo da Vinci, from 600 BC to the present day. Using them as a proxy for skills and ideas, their map reveals intellectual hotspots and tracks how empires rise and crumble. The information comes from Freebase, a Google-owned database of well-known people and places, and other catalogues of notable individuals. The team is based at the University of Texas at Dallas."


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wereldvak's curator insight, August 13, 2014 10:00 AM

Geografische concepten als stedelijke ontwikkeling en diffusie patronen worden zichtbaar. Primate city en rank-size rule.....en demografische veranderingen in gebeiden.

Stran smith's curator insight, August 27, 2014 9:25 PM

Hi it's one of your students try to guess who it is��

Emily Coats's curator insight, May 27, 2015 10:27 AM

CULTURAL UNIT

This amazing youtube video is something we watched in class, and is such a great animation. This video charts hundreds of years of cultural diffusion in a mere five minutes. You can see empires rise and crumple, people die and become born, as well as many other significant dates. This applies to the diffusion patterns of culture, because we can see where people and cultures are going throughout the centuries. 

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The World's Most Densely Populated Cities

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The growth of these cities will create a host of environmental and health problems.

 

By 2210, the global population is expected to grow from just more than 7 billion to 11.3 billion — with 87 percent of the population living in urban areas, according to a new working paper by researchers from NYU’s Marron Institute.

Most of these individuals will be in what’s now the developing world — creating a host of environmental and health problems.

If projections are correct, these new urban dwellers will require the world’s existing cities to expand six-fold to accommodate triple the residents, Richard Florida wrote in The Atlantic. Plus, the world will need 500 new “megacities” of 10 million or more, he wrote.


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Valerie Bauwens's curator insight, March 28, 2014 4:46 AM

Or will there be a natural come back to the country side?

Jessica Rieman's curator insight, April 2, 2014 5:42 PM

 Cairo, Egypt has a population density of 9,400 residents per square kilometer. THese numbers are crazy think about it compared to MA or RI and our major cities.

MsPerry's curator insight, August 12, 2014 8:03 PM

APHG-U2 & U6

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AP Human Geography Models and Theories

In depth Prezi covering all AP Human Geography Models and Theories by Liam Page.....Simple Version- http://tinyurl.com/q637dl8

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"Great for reviewing models before the exam" 

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Nancy Watson's curator insight, April 21, 2014 9:42 PM

Great for reviewing the Models before the exam

 

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Global MPI | Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative (OPHI)

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Global Multidimensional Poverty Index GLOBAL MPI 2014 Visit the Global MPI 2014 pages to access a wealth of resources, including case studies, infographics

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Poverty Lesson

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Nancy Watson's curator insight, June 19, 2014 5:19 PM

Great material for a lesson on poverty

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Map: The largest company by revenue in every state

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A look at some of the biggest economic drivers in each state.

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Interesting map to consider! What do you think? Does anything surprise you? 

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Nancy Watson's curator insight, June 23, 2014 7:00 PM

Another interesting map