The Kauffman Foundation's Samuel Arbesman on his new book, The Half-Life of Facts.
This is an interview, Samuel Arbesman,the author of The Half-Life of Facts explains how population density and place matter in forming a creative economic workforce. Urban centers act as drivers of innovation and advancements and attract the more ambitious and daring workers. Additionally, this map on the expansion of the printing press (discussed in the interview) is also a great map to show how technological innovations can spur cultural diffusion.
Tags: technology, diffusion, urban, labor, migration, book review.
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Social media has fundamentally changed how information is disseminated. Many photos that are spread on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest can be 'doctored' or mislabeled since citizen journalists aren't held to the same standard of verifying their sources. In the abundance of information, sorting out fact from fiction can be quite difficult. Social media has made me a more of a skeptic, and I try not to post a picture that I it can't find it's original source.
The computer programming is designed to understand voice patterns, but whose voice patterns? Several accents, ranging from Scottish to Hispanic, are not recognized as "English" by the voice recognition command in the new iPhone. So what does this mean as we try to understand the culture of technology? The geography of language?
This is an inspiring project that seeks to elevate poor slum-dwelling Indians by providing educational resources to children. As free computer terminals are made available, their literacy skills soar and possibilities are widened. Visit the projects homepage at: http://www.hole-in-the-wall.com/ ;
IPEVO P2V is a sleek, affordable ($69) and powerful document camera that is also highly portable. This is very high on my Edtech wish list. If you can't wait for funding to come through for technology into your classroom or an ELMO, this might be a nice solution.
This excellent geography blog will link you in to wonderful geospatial tidbits. This particular post links you to an interactive Google Earth Clock (a still shot is displayed), in addition to a Google Earth Typewriter. Geospatial technologies can provide entertainment with an artistic flair.
Read reviews, get customer ratings, see screenshots, and learn more about Tangled on the App Store. Download Tangled and enjoy it on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Quite simply, this is the best game on iTunes that I have found for enhancing spatial thinking (and it's free!). The silver dots are all connected with lines (grey ones are untangled, blue ones are still tangled) and you need to find the spatial relationships that untangles it all. Geography is about understanding the linkages, connections and patterns--and our world at times can feel Tangled.
Failure of a major transmission line in Southern California has cut power to millions of people in the U.S. and Mexico, and electricity could be out into Friday, utility officials say.
I'm thinking of my family in San Diego, but after experiencing some electrical failures in Rhode Island due to Hurricane Irene, it got me thinking of a new geographic reality. The way modern Americans live is entirely dependent on electrical energy that to experience a disruption is essentially the equivalent of a natural disaster. This speaks to the human-environmental interaction "theme" of geography since most Americans can't sustain their lives for more than 72 hours without electricity. We urbanites have detached ourselves from the land and "low-tech" to an alarming degree. We've created a sitatuation that leads to (un)natural disasters without our technological gadgets that have become our necessities.
"What was the greatest invention of the industrial revolution? Hans Rosling makes the case for the washing machine. With newly designed graphics from Gapminder, Rosling shows us the magic that pops up when economic growth and electricity turn a boring wash day into an intellectual day of reading."
"Every year, as a result of prenatal sex selection, 1.5 million girls around the world are missing at birth. How do we know these girls are missing if they were never born? Under normal circumstances, about 102 to 107 male babies are born for every 100 female babies born. This is called the sex ratio at birth, or SRB."
The Gangnam Style! sensation is all over the internet, complete with parodies that both honor and mock the original. This first video is the original, which in a few short months received well ove...
The following link has the video, parodies and infographics to help student explore the meaning behind the cultural phenomenon.
Questions to Ponder: Considering the concept of cultural diffusion, what do we make of this phenomenon? What cultural combinations are seen in this? How has the technological innovations changed how cultures interact, spread and are replicated?
Tags: popular culture, video, diffusion, globalization, culture, place, technology, unit 3 culture.
The viral hit isn't a fluke. South Korea has been cultivating a global music business for decades.
You may already know that I've been fascinating watching the cultural diffusion of Gangnam Style throughout the world as mentioned previously. This NPR podcast looks at the economic infrastructure of the South Korean music industry that explains in greater detail how this video went viral. The distribution of this video is dependent in part on the technological sophistication and economic strategies of South Korea to associate their brands with cultural cachet.
Tags: popular culture, industry, diffusion, globalization, technology, economic, unit 6 industry.
As described by Manu Fernandez, "MySociety developed this project that perfectly illustrates the utility of georeferenced data. Mapumental tool displays the travel time to reach a certain point from anywhere in the city, thereby helping to understand the temporal distance mobility, a much more useful and practical information than just physical distance."
This type of mapping shows the Space-Time Compression as well as the unevenness of that compression. Why are some areas 'functionally closer?' What makes some places 'functionally farther apart?' How do technology, density and infrastructure influence this phenomenon?
While I prefer the mapping tools of www.mapmyfollowers.com this website, www.tweepsmap.com provides statistics about where your followers are from. For example, my top four cities are: London, Houston, New York and Providence. Top countries are: U.S. (46%) U.K. (18%) Canada (4.9%) Australia (4.1%) and Spain (3.2%). Maps and statistics...what a great combination.
"80% of all web communication is in ten languages, yet 95% of humanity speaks roughly 300 languages. Could Apple Siri and Google Voice help save the world's languages?"
This graph stunningly displays the result of dwindling linguistic diversity in this era of globalization and technological innovation. Why have so many languages been dwindling? Why are an important few growing? What is the future of the majority of the world's languages that have so few native speakers?
"World geography quizzes from Sheppard Software- over 250 fun map games teach capitals, country locations, and more. Also info on the culture, history, and much more."
This has numerous regional quizzes with a wide variety of skill levels making this the perfect 'Goldilocks' activity (student will need to explore, finding that some activities are too easy, some are too hard, before they find the skill level that is just right).
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An APHG reader and college geography professor have archived a host of his favorite links and online resources on the delicious.com site. He has made them publicly accessible in the hopes that more teachers can find useful resources. Thanks for sharing.
Also I the spirit of sharing and collaboration, I am ALWAYS excited to receive a "suggestion" on this site and am glad to see interaction and teaching hints in the "comments." I am glad to see the links posted on Twitter and Facebooks accounts. In essence, I'm encouraging more interaction on the site and hope that will help better content and pedagogical resource to be available to a wider audience.
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