AP Human Geograph...
Follow
Find tag "spatial"
7.5K views | +1 today
AP Human Geography @ Hermitage High School - Ms. Anthony
Why What is Where: The Digital Knowledge Base for APHG at the Herm
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Rescooped by Allison Anthony from Geography Education
Scoop.it!

The Geography of Swing States

The Geography of Swing States | AP Human Geography @ Hermitage High School - Ms. Anthony | Scoop.it
Right now, the conventional wisdom says that there are just nine states that might go either way on Nov.

 

Not all votes are created equally; votes in these 9 key states have a greater likelihood of impacting the actual outcome of the Presidential election.  If we assume that the other states vote as anticipated, and that each candidate has an equal opportunity in the remaining 9 states (yes, these are a major assumptions, but work with me), than President Obama has a 84% likelihood of winning in the 512 possible permuations.  Geographer Andy Baker has created a video that provides a solid non-partisan analysis of the political geography of these states (and other) states.   

 

Tags: political, unit 4 political.


Via Seth Dixon
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Allison Anthony from Geography Education
Scoop.it!

Is GPS Ruining Our Navigation Skills?

Is GPS Ruining Our Navigation Skills? | AP Human Geography @ Hermitage High School - Ms. Anthony | Scoop.it
Relying on GPS devices can erode our ability to develop mental maps.

 

While GPS technology can help us in a pinch, relying primarily on a system that does not engage our navigation skills will weaken our ability to perform these functions.  While this intuitively makes sense, that the 'mental muscles' would atrophy when not used, it is a reminder that an overuse of geospatial technologies can be intellectually counterproductive.  

 

A distinction should be made between outdoor GPS usage (where the user receives data and makes navigational decisions) and vehicular GPS usage (where the computer typically will make all the decisions for you).  As long as you are a part of the decision-making process, you will be strengthening your navigationals skills.  In London cab drivers, they've discovered that their brains expand as they aquire 'the knowledge' of the city: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-16086233 ;


Via Seth Dixon
more...
Lisa Fonseca's comment, August 27, 2012 11:16 AM
Agreed! This is very true! How many times do you hear "I'll use a map to get there" now a days you hear "I will just use my gps". I much rather use a map where I can see a head of time where to go rather than listen to the gps as I navigate to my designated location.
Seth Dixon's comment, August 27, 2012 12:16 PM
The brain is just like a muscle and if you turn over the spatial analysis part of your brain over to a machine, you lose the ability to understand spatial relationships in you own neighborhood.
Paige T's comment, August 28, 2012 2:25 PM
GPS devices can work as an easy, quick solution once in a while. However, we are becoming very reliant on them to the point where some people are watching the GPS rather than the road. I recently drove through a town for the second time and had almost no memory of where I was going because the first time around I used a GPS to navigate my way. Maps are great because you can not only plan out your route, but you can also easily see the surrounding area.
Rescooped by Allison Anthony from Geography Education
Scoop.it!

The Real World at Night

The Real World at Night | AP Human Geography @ Hermitage High School - Ms. Anthony | Scoop.it

Earlier I have posted the classic image of "Earth Lights at Night," and discussed the classroom uses of the image.  This cartogram helps take that analysis one step further.  This cartogram helps students to visualize the magnitude of population (with the cartogram adjusting area for population) and then to see the patterns of energy use, global consumption and urbanization with in a new light. 

 

Tags: remote sensing, worldwide, consumption, poverty, population, spatial, political, regions.


Via Seth Dixon
more...
Matt Mallinson's comment, October 1, 2012 11:29 AM
This map is obviously not the actual size of countries, but it is in a way. The populations of China and India are so great compared to the rest of the world and this map shows that.