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Disruptive Demographics

"Dr. James H. Johnson provided attendees with an interesting look into the demographic makeup of the U.S.. The U.S. population changed dramatically - in size, composition, and distribution, during the first decade of the new millennium. These shifts have drastically altered the social, economic, and political fabric of our nation. This session outlined six of the most disruptive demographic trends today and the challenges and opportunities they pose for the American economy."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, June 4, 9:03 PM

I was glad to have someone show me where to find the video of an earlier version of talk given at the APHG reading. His talk, entitled “Disruptive Demographics: Implications for Global Competitiveness” (a video of a prior version of this talk is available here and the PDF file available here) follows in a tradition of superb presentation at the reading; in 2012, Roger Downs gave a great professional development presentation on geographic expertise.

Character Minutes's curator insight, June 5, 11:50 AM

The stats are serious & every teacher, administrator,, employer should view the video. You have to see the problem  before you can solve it. This ought to open up some eyes!

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This stunning map shows tens of thousands of people have disappeared in Mexico since 2007

Disappearances have increased following the country's renewed war on drugs.
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Unit 2 (immigration), Unit 5 agriculture-drug trade), Unit 5 Economic development. These statistics are astounding and this map makes them visually standout.  While Nigerian school children abductions and Pakistani school terror attacks are definitely news worthy headlines, I think we have somewhat become numb to how almost normal disappearances are for our neighbors to the south. 

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Fake UNICEF video game 'pitch' leads to walkout

Fake UNICEF video game 'pitch' leads to walkout | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
UN experiment with South Sudan video game idea receives criticism from gamers.
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Unit 2/Unit 6  Many were outraged by UNICEFs methods to seek awareness for refugees in South Sudan. But the reality does exist in South Sudan and maybe the sensationalism will elicit the discussion that they wanted? 

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Blessed. Cursed. Claimed.

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Out of Eden Walk: On foot through the Holy Lands
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Unit 3, religion very personal look at the contested ground of Jerusalem, this is part three of a series--
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Joy of Food

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What is it about eating that brings us closer?
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Although we often look at food through an agricultural lens in unit 5 this photographic essay is much more of how food develops culture, unit 3
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India's declining Parsi population

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Is the community under threat of extinction?
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Which six countries hold half the world’s population?

Which six countries hold half the world’s population? | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
As of this month, the world’s population is now 7.2 billion, according to the United Nations, which celebrates World Population Day today.
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10 Biggest Religious Wars Ever Fought - Addictive Lists

Religion is the most sensitive issue and although every religion encourages the idea of peace and tolerance, almost no one remains in peace or tolerates anything when it comes to their religion. History is full of religious wars and some of them have continued for years and killed many. Here is the list of 10 …
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Chicago Neighborhoods and Suburbs. The World of Chicago: WildOnions.org.

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Wildnions.org is devoted to the culture, history, and regional identity of the city of Chicago (Illinois, USA) and the Greater Chicago area. It serves as an information resource for original content and a portal offering links to additional sources.
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Unit 3 or 7, interesting way to look at the culture of our big city!

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Currywurst on the Street

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Michael Slackman, The Times's Berlin Bureau Chief, looks into the city's obsession with a popular street dish that combines sausage, ketchup and curry powder.

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Victoria McNamara's curator insight, December 11, 2013 12:03 PM

All over Germany specially in Berlin you can find many varieties of foods and restaurants that were influenced by many countries all over the world. A very popular dish the currywurst is fried German sausage with American ketchup and India curry powder. This dish was influenced by two other countries and was opular during WWII. The dish is still very popular today because of its unique taste. 

Jacqueline Landry's curator insight, December 15, 2013 10:44 AM

This is a stride of different cultures,  a little ancient and modern culture. When the Turkish immigrant came over to Germany because they needed workers (Germans stopped having so many kids) it help form the curry wurst. They also use American ketchup because Americans were over there for the war and they ate this too. The curry powder came way of United Kingdom. Basically the population learned from all these cultures and  created one huge hit. 

Sarah Ann Glesenkamp's curator insight, October 26, 11:23 AM

Unit 3

How are these 5 major elements of culture seen in this video?

1. Culture traits

2. Diffusion patters

3.Acculturation, assimilation, and multiculturalism

4. Culture region, vernacular region, cultural hearth

5. Globalization and the effects of technology on culture.

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Russian Orthodox believers mark Epiphany with icy plunge

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Thousands of members of the Russian Orthodox Church marked Epiphany on January 19 with a dip in freezing waters blessed by a cleric. Epiphany is a celebration of the baptism of Jesus Christ and the...

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Shanelle Zaino's curator insight, October 15, 8:51 PM

These amazing images of members of the Russian Orthodox Church are very powerful. These individuals seem to have a great devotion to their religion ,to enter waters in these frigid conditions.I enjoyed viewing all of them. You can not help but be moved by their dedication. I can only imagine that they are moved as well and that this numbs the cold.

James Hobson's curator insight, October 20, 6:57 PM

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This frigid act of faith can be seen as both a form of extreme religious devotion, as well as a great opportunity to put a dare on a friend! Though perhaps more religious in this example, it still bears many similarities to the "penguin plungers" that run into Narragansett Bay every New Years Day. Both are, in their own ways at least, symbolic of something new and offer a sudden rush (whether it be a rush of spirituality or rush of adrenaline!). From the photos and my interpretation, it looks like this could catch on more widely in the Russian region as a secular event just like here in the United States. Not that I would go in beyond my tiptoes myself!, but it seems to have the same thrill factor as the more recent ice-bucket challenge.

Samuel D'Amore's curator insight, December 15, 6:44 PM

Not only is this an interesting look at the religious practices of the Russian Orthodox church but also the fact religion has made such a rebound in the former communist nation. Russia has a religious tradition spanning centuries which was almost stomped out of the country during the leadership of Joseph Stalin. Stalin and the other communist officials saw religion as both a weakness and a possible problem leading to political insurrection. Because of this they closed churches and arrested priests. After the Soviet Union's demise in the late early 90's the Orthodox Church has undergone a revitalization and is regaining it's role in Russian society.   

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Carolina Camera: The Sling Shot Man

"This is the story of a man who makes sling shots and shoots them like an expert marksman." 


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unit 3- Folk culture!

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Liam Michelsohn's curator insight, November 19, 2013 8:46 PM

When watching this video it makes you realize somethings just can't be taught. This man has a skill that was aquired as a young boy and he never would have become the shooter he is now if he was raised in a city. As a kid he needed to proviode for himself and due to the culture and time he was raised in he wasnt able to go get a pellet gun to hunt rabbits. Thefore thouhg his old fasion and folk culture has conditionded hit to learn this skill.

Kenny Dominguez's curator insight, November 29, 2013 12:19 PM

It is amazing how someone could be that good in shooting with a sling shot. He can use those skills to his advantage when it comes down to defending himself. But it is also incredible how he used it to get food when he was much younger. It must have been difficult for him to survive when he was younger but that entire struggle helped him become the person he is today.

Kaitlin Young's curator insight, December 15, 1:27 PM

This video shows how people can grow and develop in response to their environment and their disconnectedness to modern, popular culture. This man lives for all intents and purposed, in the middle of nowhere. Growing up with few people living around him and little to do, he was forced to make up his own methods of play. He developed slingshots as a form of play, which then turned into a beneficial skill in terms of getting rid of pests. Without these specific geographical conditions, could it have been possible for him to develop this strange skill? 

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France bans popular English expressions

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France declares war on the English language. Erin Burnett reports....

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Jess Pitrone's comment, May 5, 2013 5:16 PM
A war on banning American-English phrases? Obviously France didn’t get the memo about the growing global community, either that, or they are choosing to fight it tooth and nail (Whoa. Too many puns). The world today is more united then ever, whether it be economically, politically, or socially; everyone is connected somehow. We share everything; the whole world is sitting around eating sushi, wearing Northface jackets made in Bangladesh, watching their country’s version of The Voice (a show of Dutch origin), and i-chatting someone across the world. Needless to say, the world has become a very small place.
France has become known as a country that is steeped in tradition. The French are very sensitive about every part of their culture, and try very hard to preserve it. But why would they reject words that, yes, have American-English origins, but have distinct meanings across the world? I’d say that it’s just another attempt at the French to combat outside influence, and most notably, deter its society away from all things American. Let’s see how they feel the next time we change our language to include freedom fries! Ha-ha
Sylvain Rotillon's comment, May 5, 2013 5:44 PM
It's not so simple ! You can't say "the French" as if everybody rejects english words. It's a national policy but in fact it's mainly a rearguard action denied everyday in the street.
Ana Cristina Gil's curator insight, October 12, 2013 6:39 PM

I think that language chances as culture changes, as time passed things get more modern. For example the past summer I went back to Dominican Republic, I haven’t been there for almost eight years. Even though I kept in contact with my family over there, I was very shock to find how much the Spanish that I knew in Dominican Republic have change so much. I don’t think is possible to keep a language pure, society is not the same as 100 years ago, I bet that certain words that were correct in the English dictionary don’t even exist anymore.

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Start of the Year Videos

"A great Florida teacher produced this video.  Visit his course website for additional incredible resources."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 12, 2:16 PM

This just one of my favorite "start of the year" videos.  I've compiled them here so they can be used to at the beginning of the school year to show the importance of geography, spatial thinking and geo-literacy.  They show why taking geography courses is so important, useful and interesting.  Do you know of a great video that I should put on the list?  Send me a tweet.

Tags: geo-inspiration, geography education, APHG.

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APHG-Intro

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This is an excellent collection of videos to frame the study of geography.

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Taliban go on killing spree at Pakistan school, 132 students dead

Taliban go on killing spree at Pakistan school, 132 students dead | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - At least 132 students and nine staff members were killed on Tuesday after Taliban gunmen broke into a school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar and opened fire, witnesses
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Unit 3 we discussed how religion, politics and culture can create conflict the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan has a longstanding history of conflict.  This sadly has come to fruition in dramatic violent fashion.

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Opium crop at record high in Afghanistan

Opium crop at record high in Afghanistan | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
As Nato withdraws troops, opium cultivation reaches new levels
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unit 5- Agriculture, obviously illegal agriculture can have just as big of an effect on a country as its legal economic trades.

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Communal Table

Communal Table | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
In Milpa Alta, Mexico, the faithful eat, pray, and celebrate to keep life whole.
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Another great look at how food is often a central piece of folk culture, unit 3
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The forgotten roots of India’s mass sterilization program

The forgotten roots of India’s mass sterilization program | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
The truth about India's controversial sterilization procedures.
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Unit 2: compare to China's infamous one child policy as well as the push for certain ethnic groups who are facing a declining population, in then same country, to procreate-
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The Economist sur Twitter

The Economist sur Twitter | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
How big is Africa really? Much bigger than it looks on most maps http://econ.st/1vUvhmy pic.twitter.com/s14Te9FePM
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Rich Schultz's curator insight, November 26, 1:45 PM

Yes, Africa is much larger than the rest of the world realizes!

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Religious conflict in global rise - report - Telegraph

Religious conflict in global rise - report - Telegraph | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Research finds significant rises in legal and social pressure on faiths, with only the Americas bucking the trend
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Matt Richardson's curator insight, December 9, 2:17 PM

Three hundred years after the Scientific Revolution & Enlightenment challenged religious extremism and enabled religious tolerance, humans still find ways to remain intolerant. 

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Which of the 11 American nations do you live in?

Which of the 11 American nations do you live in? | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
A fascinating new look at the cultural differences between the 11 nations that make up North America.

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7 of the Best Dialect Quizzes

7 of the Best Dialect Quizzes | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
If you're feeling particularly nationalistic, or just want to see how consistently you speak like your friends and neighbors, here are all the dialect quizzes that I could find. Find out what your dialect most resembles, and, in many cases, help science at the same time!

 

Tags: language, culture, English.


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Take a few of these quizzes and be ready to share your reaction to your results!

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Julia Kang's curator insight, November 6, 8:42 PM

Enligsh dialects looks interesting! If I have a chance later, I want to know more about it :)

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Burka Avenger

"Burka Avenger is a new Pakistani kids' show about a mild-mannered teacher who moonlights as a burka-clad superhero."


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Elizabeth Bitgood's curator insight, April 10, 9:27 AM

This is great!  It is a cute animated trailer to the cartoon series the Burka Avenger!  She wears a burka to hide her identity which it certainly does, and then she kicks the bad guy’s butts!  A great gender reversal in this area, showing women can be a hero and stand up to men.  And she cleverly uses the restrictive clothing to keep her identity concealed. 

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Jacob Crowell's curator insight, November 19, 12:45 PM

There is something to be said about how film and the media can be used as an effective tool to touch on broad cultural ideals. On a related note, I will be attending a conference soon in Boston on social studies education and one of the seminars I will be going to is how to use SciFi movies in the classroom. Ideals like equality, fighting oppression and free speech are timeless and span many cultures, in Pakistan, the Burka Avenger is that area's media outlet to discuss key social topics to young people.

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A Rio Runs Through It: Naming the American Stream

A Rio Runs Through It: Naming the American Stream | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it

Displayed is a map originally produced by Derek Watkins.  This map is a fantastic combination of physical and cultural geography.  While most flowing bodies of water will be called rivers or streams, the lesser used terms (brook, fork, bayou, run, arroyo, etc.) show a striking regionalization of toponym regions.  What do these patterns indicate?  Why are in those toponyms found in those particular places? 


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cookiesrgreat's comment, February 2, 2012 5:10 PM
this is one of my favorite maps. intertwines language, geography, communications and history into one piece
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This is one of my favorite maps. Combines geography, language and history
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Pop culture in the Arab world

TED Talks At TEDGlobal University, Shereen El Feki shows how some Arab cultures are borrowing trademarks of Western pop culture -- music videos, comics, even Barbie -- and adding a culturally appropriate twist.

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Max Krishchuk's comment, April 30, 2013 9:44 AM
This is an interesting TED talk that centers on the integration of western culture with Arab culture. The Arab pop culture is very different from what I thought that it would be. It takes hard work to produce a culture that is modern yet still centers on Islamic foundation, but is seems like the Arab world has put in the work. The new culture is significant because that means that the people in the Arab world know what pop culture is and why it is important. The speaker says that the culture is a mesh of the old and new. She does not call it a mash or clash because there are certain parts that are being used from the West, such as superheroes and music videos, but the overall culture is centered on Islam. The people in the Middle East still learn about Islamic ideas and thought, but now get to learn about the subjects with superheroes. This is relevant in modern times and even in my life because as a Christian, I try to find movies, music, and entertainment that is different from the world. It is also hard for me to do so because there is a lot of nonsense out in the world that is portrayed as being normal.
Jacqueline Landry's curator insight, December 16, 2013 3:01 PM

Religion plays a huge role in the Arab world and although times are changung they are trying to stay true to their culture. Sherren el feki says that meshing of civilization is important.  Taking popular culture and meshing it with culture will be successful. For instance the comic book 99, fitst Islam superhero. The 99 I to represent the 99 attributes. The 99 superheroes will hopefully join forces with Americas superman,etc. it is not meant to be a clash but to  mix the different cultures in both ancient in modern ways. 

Denise Pacheco's curator insight, December 17, 2013 11:23 AM

I don't think popular culture and folk culture interact very well. They believe in completely different things and live different types of lives according to their values. The speaker means that the cultural interaction is intertwined together because of the islamic people who have borrowed cultural ideas from other ancient and modern civilizations and adapted it to their own. That's why it's meshed as a opposed to clashing or mash. For example, the music video channel that's like MTV. I think it's kind of funny how they made the people in that music video, that's from the USA, look like we also worship Allah. Also, the comic books show religious values in it, especially since the characters come from it. They want young people to not get sucked in to the outside world or modern culture from different societies, so instead they want to incorporate their religion with our ideas of culture.

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European word translator

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Translate any word from English to more than 30 other European languages, on a map

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Melissa Marshall's curator insight, April 9, 10:23 PM

This is a fantastic resource for seeing how words have changed according to geography. Type a word into the box and see it translated directly on to a map in more than 30 languages. Great for teaching kids about regions of language, or asking how they think a certain country came to use a certain word. 

Mick D Kirkov's curator insight, April 11, 3:43 AM

Haha, hehe, hihi, or Ho-ho-ho! Maybe even huhuhuy!

Helen Rowling's curator insight, April 17, 4:57 PM

English; Toursim; Geography